Action & Thriller

Locke – review

Locke – review

“Do it for the concrete! Do it for the piece of sky that we are stealing!” – not words you expect to hear in a thriller. Particularly not when they’re words that roll out of Tom Hardy’s mouth in a quasi-ridiculous, yet ultimately entirely compelling Welsh drawl. The man is Ivan Locke, a well...

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Non-Stop – Review

Non-Stop – Review

Non-Stop is the latest film from Jaume Collet-Serra, a film director better known for horrors such as House of Wax, Orphan and the psychological thriller, Unknown. The film starts with Liam Neeson’s character, Federal Air Marshal Bill Marks, in a car outside the airport. He is alone, clasping a...

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In Fear – Review

In Fear – Review

Jeremy Lovering’s début feature length film follows two young adults on a romantic getaway. Their vacation slowly slips from idyllic to dark as the two become completely lost as night closes in on the claustrophobic lanes of the emerald isle. This is a film held together primarily through two...

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Full Auto: Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman – Review

Full Auto: Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman – Review

Reviewing this film not long after the release of Grand Theft Auto V is an odd experience. To be fair, so's the whole film. The reason for this is that the film takes so many influences from the Grand Theft Auto videogame series - games about driving and shooting your way through hordes of cops and criminals...

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Plein Soleil – Review

Plein Soleil – Review

It turns out that The Talented Mr Ripley wasn't quite as talented as all that – at least he wasn't the original talent. Back in 1960, French director René Clément made Plein Soleil, the first adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel. Clément's version is the more creepy of the two. Ripley is...

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Zero Dark Thirty – Blu Ray Review

Zero Dark Thirty – Blu Ray Review

The cinema release of Zero Dark Thirty gained a vast amount of publicity. It was even discussed in Congress. This all revolved around the debate about the film's depiction of 'enhanced interrogation techniques', or torture as most of us call it. Now it's out on DVD and Blu Ray, we can examine the matter in...

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Iron Man 3 – Review

Iron Man 3 – Review

Robert Downey Jr. is living proof that there's such a thing as an enjoyable comic-book protagonist in cinema. Iron Man 3 simply piles more proof on top. I'm not sure what I like about RDJ's performance as billionaire hero Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) the most - his quirky personality, his entertaining body...

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Gangster Squad – Review

Gangster Squad – Review

Another year, another gangster movie. With an all-star cast including Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, Gangster Squad is the latest in a long line of Hollywood tales about the elusive lives of the Mafia and those who fought against them. Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and...

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The Hunters (Jägarna)

The Hunters (Jägarna)

The distributors of The Killing and The Bridge, Arrow Films, announce the release of The Hunters (Jägarna), the 1996 prequel to director Kjell Sundvall’s 2011 crime thriller False Trail (Jägarna II), on DVD for the first time in the UK. After killing a man in the line of duty and almost losing his own...

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Love Crime (Crime d’Amour) – Review

Love Crime (Crime d’Amour) – Review

No one does a thriller quite like the French. For anyone used to the predictable realm of the Hollywood version, you should make yourself acquainted with French cinema, in particular French film noir. I would even recommend you start with this film. A mysterious thriller directed by Alain Corneau and set in the...

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