REVIEW: The Great Wall (2016)

A group of European bandits, led by the English archer William (Matt Damon), are lost in the wilderness about northern China. After a night-time attack by a monster kills the entire group save for William and his companion Tovar (Pedro Pascal), they stumble upon the Great Wall of China - defended by an entire army ...

REVIEW: Every Secret Thing (2014)

A pair of 11 year-old girls kidnap and ultimately murder a baby. Seven years later they are both released from juvenile hall. One of them, the moody and withdrawn Ronnie (Dakota Fanning), keeps her head down while working at a local bagel shop. The other, Alice (Danielle Macdonald), has continued to protest her innocence and ...

REVIEW: Hail, Caesar! (2016)

Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is a 'fixer' for Capitol Pictures: acting as an intermediary between the studio heads and the various features in production, and spending each day putting out brushfires of scandals, prima donna behaviour and personality conflicts around the backlot. When the studio's biggest star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is kidnapped, it is ...

REVIEW: April and the Extraordinary World (2015)

In an alternative 1941 the world's scientists have been progressively kidnapped by unknown assailants, leaving the world in the steam age and rapidly running out of burnable resources. Any remaining scientists are hunted down and forced to work for their governments. In Paris lives April, the adult daughter of two scientists who were killed escaping the ...

REVIEW: Blair Witch (2016)

Years after his sister Heather vanished in Maryland's Black Woods, James Donahue (James Allen McCune) returns in the hope of finding out what happened to her. He brings along with him student documentarian Lisa (Callie Hernandez) and a group of friends. Once inside the woods, supernatural events begin to close in around them and the ...

REVIEW: Jane Got a Gun (2016)

Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) lives in an isolated house with her ex-outlaw husband Bill (Noah Emmerich). He comes home badly injured and riddled with bullets: his old gang, led by John Bishop (Ewan McGregor), is coming to kill him. With the help of a former lover (Joel Edgerton) Jane prepares to defends her husband and ...

REVIEW: Massacre Gun (1967)

Kuroda (Jo Shishido) is a mid-level yakuza enforcer who has been ordered to kill his own lover. While he goes through with the murder, he tells gang boss Akazawa (Takashi Kanda) that he is leaving his employ. Akazawa, however, is not so easily turned down, and his efforts to pressure Kuroda drag in both of ...

“We’ll go for a jolly ride!” | The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad (1949)

A wealthy but impulsive toad squanders his estate purchasing the latest in high-speed recreational vehicles. A cowardly school teacher is pursued through the night by a terrifying spectre. Two highly disparate stories, both based on classic works of literature, and both put together into one single animated feature film. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr ...

“As a species we’re fundamentally insane.” | The Mist (2007)

An eerie mist descends upon a quiet Maine town. Before long it is discovered that the mist is populated with nightmarish monsters, trapping a group of townspeople inside their local supermarket. Once trapped inside, however, it turns out that the biggest threat to their survival may not be the creatures in the mist at all ...

“You’re so cool, Kung Fu” | House (1977)

As with all national cinema industries, Japan has seen a variety of highs and lows. If the 1950s and the 1960s were the golden age of Japanese cinema, then the decade that followed is probably best considered the industry’s ‘dark age’. The 1970s witnessed a staggering contraction in the Japanese film industry: audiences dwindled away, ...

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