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Review: The Scopia Effect – “The scare effects are subtle and creeptastic”

Review: The Scopia Effect – “The scare effects are subtle and creeptastic”

The Scopia Effect is written and directed by first-timer Christopher Butler, stars newcomer Joanna Ignaczewska, and is released on DVD in the UK on the 15th of February. Basia (Ignaczewska) is a Polish emigre who, stressed by her office job and having trouble sleeping, decides to get some therapy to help. Unfortunately, she goes to the worst shrink ever who –...

Review: The Survivalist – “A compelling look at what makes us human”

Review: The Survivalist – “A compelling look at what makes us human”

Whether zombies are involved or not, post apocalyptic survival tales have been a trend for a while now, especially in the indie scene, as they perfectly fulfill the minimalism required by most debut features. Northern Ireland native Stephen Fingleton makes the most of this formula with The Survivalist, his first feature length project after a few shorts earned...

Review: Deadpool – “True to Rob Liefeld’s comic book creation”

Review: Deadpool – “True to Rob Liefeld’s comic book creation”

Is this funny? That’s the profound question I had to ask myself while watching Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool limp around because he’d just been shot in the arse. “Right down Main Street!” he cries. Moments later, he kicks an old blind woman out of a room so he can masturbate in peace, but not before making fun of her age, disability and...

Review: Zoolander 2 – “A tragically unfunny cameo factory”

Review: Zoolander 2 – “A tragically unfunny cameo factory”

Ben Stiller returns to again co-write, star and direct the sequel to 2001’s Zoolander. Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell are also back, alongside new additions Penélope Cruz and Kristen Wiig, and a hundred catwalks worth of all-star cameos in Zoolander 2. Fifteen years after the finale of the first Zoolander film, we find Derek (Stiller) in self-exile...

Review: Deadpool – “Irreverent, ironic and iconic”

Review: Deadpool – “Irreverent, ironic and iconic”

After the awful, awful presentation of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine — sewing the “merc with a mouth”’s yap shut? Brilliant — Ryan Reynolds gets another shot at portraying Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool. Written by the guys behind Zombieland, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick; and directed by first-timer Tim Miller, who did the visual...

Review: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies – Put Your Preconceptions Away

Review: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies – Put Your Preconceptions Away

I feel that having entered the cinema to watch Burr Steers’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as an objective viewer – being neither a big fan of period dramas nor pulpy horror – I can tell you that it is in fact a pretty great film. It seems necessary to get this off my chest as early into this review as I can as P+P+Z appears to be fighting an unwinnable...

Review: The Finest Hours – Nautical Nausea in IMAX

Review: The Finest Hours – Nautical Nausea in IMAX

It may surprise you to learn that I’m not a fan of 3D cinema. It gives me motion sickness. So imagine my delight when I discovered that my screening of Disney’s The Finest Hours, a film predominately set on choppy seas, would be shown in glorious IMAX. Not only would I be graced by disorientating holographic shapes, but I’d also be contending with the...

DVD Review: The Walk

DVD Review: The Walk

If you saw and loved James Marsh’s Academy-Award-winning documentary Man On Wire (2008), the possibility of the same story getting the Hollywood makeover in a narrative feature film most likely wasn’t all that appealing, albeit not surprising. That’s why I didn’t rush to the cinema back in autumn to see The Walk, despite the level of talent involved...

Blu-ray Review: Sicario

Blu-ray Review: Sicario

When you’re watching a gripping thriller like Sicario, set within America’s war on drugs on the border with Mexico, its intricate narrative web and its sociopolitical implications are so absorbing you can’t help but wonder whether the events unravelling before your eyes bear any truth. However, no title card prior to the fade in claims that the film is...

Review: Goosebumps

Review: Goosebumps

Please don’t hate me for being indifferent to Goosebumps back in my days as a preteen. When R.L. Stine’s series of children’s horror fiction books debuted in 1992 and continued until 1997 (with 62 releases), besides frankly not recalling either the books or the subsequent TV series being hugely popular in my Italian homeland, the truth is that my...