Reviews

Black Christmas 2019 takes the bare bones of the sorority chiller to deliver something new…but does it work? By Sarah Dobbs 16-12-19 713 Released: Out now Certificate: 15 Director: Sophia Takal Writer: Sophia Takal and April Wolfe Cast: Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Cary Elwes, Caleb Eberhardt Distributor: Universal Forget everything you know about the two
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The opening of Promare establishes that the sudden combustion of various people across the globe caused severe damage to the world. This was the first appearance of the Burnish, a race of hitherto unknown mutant beings with the ability to wield flames. Thirty years later, a firefighting mecha service, Burning Rescue, has been created to
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Here’s our review of Jérémy Clapin’s animation I Lost My Body By Josh Slater-Williams 25-11-19 1,896 Released: 22 Nov (cinemas), 29 Nov (Netflix) Director: Jérémy Clapin Cast: Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d’Assumçao Distributor: Netflix If you like this, try… The City Of Lost Children Guillaume Laurant is best known for his Jean-Pierre Jeunet
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If ‘Let It Go’ encapsulated the 2013 film perfectly, then ‘Into the Unknown’ – the new anthem by returning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez – is the long-awaited sequel’s equivalent. Swapping themes of shame and self-acceptance for lines about risking one’s ‘happy ever after’ in search of something more, it never quite reaches the dizzying heights
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Is Terminator: Dark Fate the sequel to finally return James Cameron’s franchise to its glory days? By Amanda Keats 23-10-19 8,386 Released: 23 October 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Tim Miller Writer: David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes, Billy Ray Cast: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna Distributor: 20th Century Fox If you
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Aardman deliver a love-letter to classic SF with the funny and visually inventive A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon By Amy West 18-10-19 770 Released: 18 October 2019 Certificate: U Director: Will Becher, Richard Phelan Writer: Mark Burton, John Brown Cast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Amalia Vitale Distributor: StudioCanal If you like this, try… Chicken
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Here’s our review of The Addams Family, the gothic fam’s first feature-length animated adventure By Abigail Chandler 17-10-19 7,417 Released: 25 October Director: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon Cast: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard Distributor: Universal If you like this, try… The Addams Family (1991) This film is likely to give you
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Mirrah Foulkes reimagines the infamous seaside puppets in her intoxicating Judy & Punch By Katherine McLaughlin 11-10-19 3,980 Released: 15 November 2019 Director: Mirrah Foulkes Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman, Benedict Hardie Distributor: Picturehouse Entertainment If you like this, try… The Company Of Wolves Angela Carter and Neil Jordan’s fantasy horror is startling and ripe
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Here’s our review of the final film in Fabrice du Welz’s Ardennes based trilogy, Adoration By Katherine McLaughlin 08-10-19 1,064 Released: TBC Director: Fabrice du Welz Cast: Laurent Lucas, Benoît Poelvoorde, Martha Canga Antonio Distributor: TBC Director Fabrice du Welz concludes his Ardennes based trilogy, following Calvaire and Alleluia, with a nightmarish fairy-tale that recalls
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Jayro Bustamante’s La Llorona is one of the most powerful depictions of the legend in film By Katherine McLaughlin 08-10-19 2,404 Released: TBC Director: Jayro Bustamante Cast: María Mercedes Coroy, Sabrina De La Hoz, Margarita Kenéfic Distributor: TBC If you like this, try… Atlantics Mati Diop’s haunting debut feature gives a powerful voice to those
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Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s latest horror The Lodge is chilling and atmospheric By Katherine McLaughlin 08-10-19 3,307 Released: TBC Director: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz Cast: Jaeden Martell, Alicia Silverstone, Riley Keough Distributor: TBC From the makers of Goodnight Mommy, Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz (the Austrian nephew/aunt directorial duo) comes a chilling and atmospheric
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James Gray’s sci-fi Ad Astra offers emotion, excitement and more By Katherine McLaughlin 18-09-19 2,145 Released: 18 September Certificate: 12A Director: James Gray Cast: Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox If you like this, try… First Man Damian Chazelle’s poignant and creative take on Neil Armstrong’s mission to the moon is
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It is not every day that a new film arrives with as many hopes hanging over it as there were over Rose Glass’ Saint Maud. If the introduction of a new voice in the UK landscape is already an event in itself, it is even more special when that filmmaker is a woman, or working
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Ari Aster’s Midsommar Director’s Cut is worth the indulgence By Sarah Lines 09-09-19 4,246 Released: Out now Certificate: 18 Director: Ari Aster Cast: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter Distributor: Entertainment Film If you like this, try… The Ruins In another sun-soaked nightmare, a group of friends finds an ancient
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The biggest challenge of splitting Stephen King’s leviathan of a novel into two films was always going to be the adults, the grown-up Losers who return to Derry 27 years later to finish what they started. It’s one thing to sell the idea of a monstrous clown hunting children, it’s quite another to conjure that
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A title like Sadistic Intentions comes with a certain expectation/bracing oneself, but writer-director Eric Pennycoff’s tightly wound debut is more interested in exactly what the title describes, and whether or not said intentions will come to fruition, than a violent payoff. After a shocking prologue, we watch as Chloe (Taylor Zaudtke) receives a phone call
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Stirring mental illness into supernatural horror is a tricky thing to get right. The allure of the “is this really happening?” element is understandable but it can be so dispiritingly manipulative and exploitative when done carelessly, so: hats off to director Brian Hanson and his co-writer Richard Handley for working hard to maintain ambiguity and
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The Soska Sisters return with their pointed and bloody remake of David Cronenberg’s Rabid By Katherine McLaughlin 27-08-19 133 There was a moment in fashion back in 2001 when Alexander McQueen confronted the hypocrisies of the industry with his Asylum show. He literally held up a mirror to those in charge with a final reveal
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Andrew Desmond’s feature debut The Sonata, co-written with Arthur Morin, opens with composer Richard Marlow (the late Rutger Hauer) putting the finishing touches on a musical score. He then walks downstairs, heads outside into the dark night with a petrol canister and candle in hand, douses his body in the fuel and sets fire to
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