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Review: What If

Review: What If

Hogwarts alumni Daniel Radcliffe is the headliner here, but you might also recognise Zoe Kazan, one half of the meet-cute not-couple in Canadian-Irish production What If (retitled from The F-Word). She wrote Ruby Sparks (2009), a fun and acerbic satire of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope (an increasingly problematic term) in which she was the dreamt-up...

FrightFest Day 5: VHS: Viral, The Signal, X Moor, Nymph and more

FrightFest Day 5: VHS: Viral, The Signal, X Moor, Nymph and more

Day 5. The finale of FrightFest 2014. Yesterday’s stand outs were the battle of the brainwashers-tastic Faults, and the hardcore French horror Among the Living. I’ve discovered some new and excellent movies every single day at FrightFest this year, and you can’t really ask for more from a film festival than that! Although we had reached the...

Review: The Expendables 3

Review: The Expendables 3

Sly, you slippery and treacherous toad, you give a fresh new meaning to your nickname after the ruse you’ve pulled here. The continual disappointment of the Expendables franchise is to be expected at this point, following two previously second-rate entries that never even approached the sinewy potential of its ballsy cast, but here we have something much more...

FrightFest Day 4: Open Windows, Stage Fright, Faults and more

FrightFest Day 4: Open Windows, Stage Fright, Faults and more

  Day 4. The penultimate day of FrightFest 2014. The threat of it all catching up with me may be snapping at my heels, but it doesn’t stand a chance, there’s just too much good stuff to see and tell you all about. And, hey, I’m three quarters of the way through a fun and fear filled fantastic five day film festival – it’s...

Review: Locke

Review: Locke

                          Director/ Writer: Steven Knight Starring: Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Tom Holland, Olivia Colman, Ben Daniels Synopsis: As Ivan Locke (Hardy) leaves work one night he begins travelling the M6, on his way to London where he makes a handful of calls fundamental...

FrightFest Day 3: All Cheerleaders Die, Life After Beth, The Babadook and more

FrightFest Day 3: All Cheerleaders Die, Life After Beth, The Babadook and more

FrightFest 2014 enters Round 3! Ding, ding. I should be starting to tire, but pure new-horror-movie-induced-adrenaline is keeping me excited and peachy keen for more and more fresh gore and thrills. Yesterday was a classic FrightFest result – being underwhelmed by something I’d been looking forward to, but then enjoyably punched in the face twice by two...

Review: Boyhood

Review: Boyhood

Boyhood is written and directed by Richard Linklater. It stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater, and Ellar Coltrane as Mason. The film is a coming of age story, that takes us from when Mason is young boy, to a young man. Few films can say they’ve achieved what is accomplished in this film. The fact that it was completed over a span of 12...

FrightFest Day 2: Late Phases, The Green Inferno, Housebound and more

FrightFest Day 2: Late Phases, The Green Inferno, Housebound and more

FrightFest 2014 is up and running! After a first day toe-dip of three films, we’re now into the meat of the festival with six films now playing every day for the next three days. I’m perfectly settled into my brilliant vantage point at the top of the Horror Channel Screen, have already made some new friends – shout out to James from Fangoria –...

FrightFest Day 1: The Guest and Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For

FrightFest Day 1: The Guest and Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For

FrightFest 2014 began the same way as FrightFest always begins: with an acclimatisingly short first day comprised of just three films in the evening – not the usual all-day-encompassing six. And with me being really anxious about getting my Press Pass until I actually held it in my excited little hand. Once I had a firm grip on my magical ticket to five...

Review: Into The Storm

Review: Into The Storm

A storm hits a small town high school graduation and the vice principal is desperate to track down his son who just so happens to be across town with the local early-bloomer/environmentalist/girl next door/love of his life. Said dad bumps into a group of storm chasers and they head off together to find his son or a tornado – whichever they happen to...