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Review: The Gift

Director/Writer: Joel Edgerton Starring: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, P. J. Byrne, Wendell Pierce Synopsis: After recently moving to L.A., Simon (Bateman) and Robyn (Hall) bump into an school friend of Simon’s, Gordon (Edgerton). A friendly encounter soon turns spooky, however, once “Gordo” sends an influx of gifts their way,...

Can you escape from Lock’d?

Can you escape from Lock’d?

Real-life room escape games have begun to become very popular recently and, if you live in London, luckily one of the newest and best has just come to town. The premise of a room escape game is that you and a partner, or team, are locked inside a room, and have to escape within a time limit. To escape, you must find clues and solve puzzles. Like the...

Review: The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?

Review: The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?

The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? is a stupendous documentary. As a kid of 8, it’s no exaggeration that Burton’s Batman changed my life. From the moment Dad wound wound me up in the queue (telling me they’d ID me!) – to the wait of 2(3?) years to get it on VHS. It had a profound effect on me. I remember clearly...

Blu-ray review: The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Blu-ray review: The Tale of Princess Kaguya

With Isao Takahata tackling his last ever Studio Ghibli feature and in the wake of Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki’s retirement, you’d be forgiven for thinking the worst when considering the future of the famed Japanese animation studio. But fear not. Because these talented individuals, are not gone without a trace. Their mark will forever be...

Review – Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – “The perfect balance between silliness and seriousness”

Review – Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – “The perfect balance between silliness and seriousness”

Ethan Hunt and his team are back again and there’s no time to take it easy, what with both the CIA and a group known as the Syndicate after him. After this many outings, it’s easy to start thinking perhaps it’s time to call it a day, yet, with Tom Cruise clearly so passionate about this character and where he can go next, there’s always...

Review: Maggie – “Conjures up a beautiful, hypnotic sadness”

Review: Maggie – “Conjures up a beautiful, hypnotic sadness”

Prepare for Arnold Schwarzenegger to make you cry. Arnie’s latest, Maggie, is a zombie movie and, though you may have always wanted to see Schwarzenegger vs. hordes of the undead, this is the saddest zombie movie ever, and akin to ninety minutes of his thumbs up scene from T2. Joining Arnold for a sob are Abigail Breslin (Zombieland), who here goes from...

Review: Crawl or Die -“Tight and tense, high concept original”

Review: Crawl or Die -“Tight and tense, high concept original”

Crawl or Die premieres in the UK on the Horror Channel (Sky 319) on the 17th of July and is well worth setting your Sky planner up for. Written and directed by Oklahoma Ward, and starring awesome newcomer Nicole Alonso, Crawl or Die is a claustrophobic sci-fi horror thriller – think The Descent meets Alien, with a lead that is the love-child of Ripley and...

Blu-ray Review: The Voices

Blu-ray Review: The Voices

Marjane Satrapi’s The Voices is particularly difficult to categorise in the sense that it’s a mishmash of all sorts: comedy, drama, thriller and horror all stapled together in a surreal, edgy package starring Ryan Reynolds. With its emergence during last year’s Cannes Film Festival, The Voices offers a role to one-time hopeful Ryan Reynolds who, to his...

Theatre Review: The Elephant Man

Theatre Review: The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man – the story of Joseph Merrick – has come to the London stage for a limited time only, with an impressive cast that includes Bradley Cooper in the titular role along with Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola. As the play progresses, we see Merrick abandoned and left to die by the man who has taken him to freak shows and fairs in order to...

Review: Ant-Man -“Genuinely refreshing”

Review: Ant-Man -“Genuinely refreshing”

Ant-Man sees the diminutive second-tier hero born and trialled in a Marvel movie that turns out to not only be tier one, but this year’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and more fun than Age of Ultron. After years gestating in the minds of Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, and Wright then leaving the project just before kick-off, the final version sees the cast...