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Blu-ray review: Starred Up

Blu-ray review: Starred Up

Jack O’ Connell is one of those divisive actors who, still very much at the bottom rung of his career ascension, is a talent that’ll either be adored for his role in TV’s Skins, or loathed for it. Preparing to wipe the slate clean ahead of Starred Up, I’d previously admired his small part in Eden Lake, albeit for his portrayal of a...

Blu-ray Review: The LEGO Movie

Blu-ray Review: The LEGO Movie

I never quite bought into the hype of The LEGO Movie when it hit cinemas back in February, but a revisit on Blu-ray has proven more rewarding than I ever anticipated. For starters, it looks divine in High Definition. It’s fluid and bright and gloriously colour-paletted, which makes watching it a total joy. The jokes, too, appeared to resonate and have...

EIFF Review: Cold in July

EIFF Review: Cold in July

Michael C. Hall stars in a throwback to 80s cinema inspired by the likes of  Walter Hill with his latest film, Cold in July – a thriller set in East Texas at the end of said decade. Jim Mickle (Stake Land; We Are What We Are) crafts a film that merges genres, as it goes through an evolutionary process of establishing drama and horror traits before...

EIFF 2014 Review: Hyena

EIFF 2014 Review: Hyena

With a gripping opening sequence that suggests a Drive-style neon blur of noir filmmaking set against the backdrop of London’s police detecting, drug dealing and people trafficking, those first few minutes Hyena offers up are probably its best. Its central characters are akin to a British budget version of a strike team a la Shawn Ryan’s The Shield, and...

Book Review: Sentinel

Book Review: Sentinel

Author Josh Winning kicks off his Sentinel trilogy with a gripping first instalment that does a fine job of painting a rich, detailed and involving world for its reader. This work of fiction is vaguely reminiscent of something akin to Harry Potter, yet is far more adult by its nature. Set in Cambridge, the story of a young boy named Nicholas has his life...

Blu-ray Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Blu-ray Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

The sequel to the surprisingly great, yet utterly bonkers original picks up a mere 8 minutes after the first ends, with another zany story that is both entertaining and visually alluring, yet non-imaginative in its plotting. Cloudy 2 sees our heroes Flint (Bill Hader), Sam (Anna Faris), Brent (Andy Samberg) and Earl (now voiced by Terry Crews rather than Mr.T)...

Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

So there’s been quite a gap between Anchorman and its long-awaited sequel. A decade, in fact, separate the two, yet The Legend Continues brings back pretty much all the key players and supporting cast that made the first such a widespread hit. We’re now in the 80s. Having moved on from the Channel 4 News Team’s success of the 70s, lead anchor...

57th BFI London Film Festival Review: The Double

57th BFI London Film Festival Review: The Double

Richard Ayoade follows up his sublime coming-of-age Welsh-set drama Submarine with something contrasting in terms of narrative accessibility at least. The Double may differ in the way it tells a story in the sense that, as with his charming debut, it doesn’t have a logical coherency that will connect with some viewers. Indeed, it’s the sort of...

57th BFI London Film Festival Review: Don Jon

57th BFI London Film Festival Review: Don Jon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut may at first appear to resemble shades of Steve McQueen’s 2011 depiction of sex addiction drama Shame, but the truth is that these two couldn’t be more different. Tonally, at the very least, the severity of Michael Fassbender’s debilitating affliction merely mirrors that of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s spritely,...

57th BFI London Film Festival Review: Captain Phillips

57th BFI London Film Festival Review: Captain Phillips

With Tom Hanks spearheading and concluding this year’s incredible London Film Festival — with Saving Mr Banks closing proceedings — the pressure is left with the based-on-true-events tale of Captain Phillip and the incredible story of a Somali pirate hijacking in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Fortunately, with Paul Greengrass (The Bourne...