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The Hunger Games UK Certificate 12


Genre : Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Gary Ross

Starring : Jennifer Lawrence/Josh Hutcherson/Liam Hemsworth


In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives.

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A good adaption of the Book, but not as brutal or the character development it had.....

However there were top draw Performances especially from Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in addition to fine direction & superb photography.
The special effects were ok to, but dumb down somewhat to gain a 12 certificate.

Highly recommended

8/10





Starship Troopers : Invasion UK Certificate 15


Genre : Animation/Action/Sci-Fi

Directed By : Shinji Aramaki

Starring : Leraldo Anzaldua/Luci Christian/Melissa Davis

Special Note : Actors voices only


A distant Federation outpost Fort Casey comes under attack by bugs. The team on the fast attack ship Alesia is assigned to help the Starship John A. Warden stationed in Fort Casey evacuate along with the survivors and bring military intelligence safely back to Earth. Carl Jenkins, now ministry of Paranormal Warfare, takes the starship on a clandestine mission before its rendezvous with the Alesia and goes missing in the nebula. Now, the battle-hardened troopers are charged with a rescue mission that may lead to a much more sinister consequence than they ever could have imagined...

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Excellant animation in this Sci-Fi thriller following the Franchise...Not as good as Final Fantasy for animation, but still better in entertainment value than ST2 & 3.
The girls looked like anime, the guys square jawed hereos....well it is animation.

Worth a watch

6/10






Truth or Dare UK Certificate 15



Genre : Horror/Thriller

Directed by : Robert Heath

Starring : David Oakes/Liam Boyle/Florence Hall


TRUTH: A group of university friends celebrate the end of term with the party to end all parties. Drink, drugs and sex flow in equal measure as everyone lets loose. As the party winds down, the focus shifts to a seemingly innocuous game of Truth or Dare. The party's socially awkward geek - Felix - has a crush on one of the most popular girls there, and this truth is brutally exposed to everyone, and he leaves the party humiliated.
DARE: A year later the five friends are reunited when they are invited to Felix's birthday party at a grand stately home. They soon realise that they are the only people attending, and that this is going to be a very different party from their last one. In a bid for vengeance all are forced to play a sickening and gruesome game of Truth or Dare, where a Dare may well equal death. Sex, lies and murder are all unravelled as the game hurls the group toward the final, fatal twist.

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A good horror, but with a less convincing storyline...However performances were generally good with some brutal moments.....The ending is not what you would expect either..

Worth a watch

6/10



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Safe UK Certificate 15



Genre : Action/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Boaz Yakin

Starring : Jason Statham/Catherine Chan/Robert John Burke


A former elite agent (Statham) takes on a two-tier mission: rescue a Chinese girl who has been abducted by the Triads, then use a highly desired safe combination to outwit the Russian Mafia, corrupt NYC officials, and the Triads themselves.

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If you like action all the way & are a Statham fan then this movie is for you.
As you might expect action scenes are superb...

Recommended

7/10






Black's Game aka Svartur á leik UK Certificate 18



Genre : Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Oskar Thor Axelsson

Starring : Thor Kristjansson/Johannes Haukur Johannesson/Damon Younger

Special Note : Icelandic language movie with English subtitles


When Stebbi, a student struggling through his final days of college is arrested for a violent attack on a stranger an old friend offers his help. Stebbi quickly finds himself dragged into a violent underworld, where his eagerness to impress means involvement in bank robberies and the world of Ecstasy. As the body count rises and the stakes spiral out of control he seeks to start a new life and looks for his chance to escape the violence once and for all...

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Based on a true story ...A gritty look at the violent underworld of drugs & organised crime in Iceland...
Performances were good with an engrossing storyline which is often bloody & brutal...
And yes strong sex.

Recommended

7/10






The Devil's Business
UK Certificate 18



Genre : Horror

Directed by : Sean Hogan

Starring : Billy Clarke/Jack Gordon/Jonathan Hansler


The hitman's working day can often be a dangerous affair. But when two hardened East End assassins find themselves embroiled in the dark, deadly mysteries of the occult their job gets that much harder.

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This slow burning horror is well performed with a reasonable storyline...
The ending was somewhat out of place, but not bad.

I think that the movie was a bit short at 70 mins.


5/10



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Avengers Assemble UK Certificate 12



Genre : Action/Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Joss Whedon

Starring : Robert Downey Jr./Chris Evans/Mark Ruffalo


Loki, the stepbrother of Thor, teams-up with the Chitauri Army and uses the Tesseract power to travel from Asgard to Earth to plot the invasion of Earth by the Chitauri and become the king of Earth. The director of the agency S.H.I.E.L.D Nick Fury sets in motion the project The Avengers, joining Tony Stark a.k.a. the Iron Man; Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America; Bruce Banner, a.k.a. The Hulk; Thor; Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow; and Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye, to save the world from the powerful Loki and the alien invasion.

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Superb Special Effects & performances that bring to life the comic book heros we all know so well...
Lots of fun & a cracking Storyline.

Highly Recommended


9/10






The Lost Coast Tapes UK Certificate 15



Genre : Horror/Mystery/Thriller

Directed by : Corey Grant

Starring : Drew Rausch/Ashley Wood/Rich McDonald


A highly acclaimed investigative journalist sees a news report on a Bigfoot Hunter who claims to possess the body of a dead Sasquatch. He believes the man is a phony and decides to create a new show that reveals people's paranormal claims as hoaxes. He assembles a crew and heads to Northern California's Lost Coast to meet and interview the man. But as night falls around his remote cabin deep in the woods, they find that the story is not just real, but more strange and terrifying than they could have ever possibly imagined...

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A low budget Horror with hardly a storyline..
Sad really because the idea was good & the performances not bad.
One for the late night owl.

3.5/10







Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings UK Certificate 18



Genre : Horror/Thriller

Directed by : Declan O'Brien

Starring : Jenny Pudavick/Tenika Davis/Kaitlyn Wong


In 1974, in the Glenville Sanatorium in West Virginia, three dangerous lunatics escape from their cell, release the other inmates and kill the doctors and staff. In 2003, a group of college friends from the Weston University rides their snowmobiles to the cabin of a friend. However, they get lost in a storm and reach the abandoned asylum seeking for shelter to spend the night. However, the three cannibal maniacs are still living in the place and they are hungry for human flesh.

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The movie is a prequel to the Wrong Turn series & does little to enhance a tired storyline.
That said if you like lots of gore then this is for you.

Has some scary moments & good special effects, so one for Horror addicts I think.


4.5/10




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The Cabin in The Woods
UK Certificate 15


Genre : Horror/Thriller

Directed by : Drew Goddard

Starring : Kristen Connolly/Chris Hemsworth/Anna Hutchinson


Five teenagers head off for a weekend at a secluded cabin in the woods. They arrive to find they are quite isolated with no means of communicating with the outside world. When the cellar door flings itself open, they of course go down to investigate. They find an odd assortment of relics and curios but when one of the women, Dana, reads from a book she awakens a family of deadly zombie killers. There's far more going on however than meets the eye as the five campers are all under observation.

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A fun Horror ride with some new twists which smarten up the genre.....Yep Gory & Brutal as usual so addicts wont be disappointed.

Recommended

7/10






The Raid aka Serbuan maut
UK Certificate 18


Genre : Action/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Gareth Evans

Starring : Iko Uwais/Joe Taslim/Donny Alamsyah

Special Note : Indonesian Language Movie with English Sub-Tiltles



Deep in the heart of one of Jakarta’s most deprived slums stands an impenetrable high-rise apartment block. To most it is 30 floors of Hell to be avoided at all costs but for many of the city's most dangerous killers and gangsters, including the area's most notorious crime lord, it is a fortress-like safe house protecting them from the law. Even for the bravest and most experienced police officers it is considered a no-go area.
In a desperate bid to flush these violent criminals and their leader from their haven once and for all, an elite SWAT team is tasked with infiltrating the building and raiding the apartments floor by floor, taking out anyone who stands in their way. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness, the SWAT members make their move and enter the block not realising that this is the easier part of the mission. Once inside, it soon becomes terrifyingly apparent that the real problem at hand is surviving long enough to be able to get out again.

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What a belter....a sort of brutal, bloody SWAT Action/Thriller with a twist.
Outstanding Performance by Uwais, well crafted direction & awsome fight scenes makes for a throughly enjoyable movie.
The musical score is good to.

Highly Recommended

8/10





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Livid
aka Livide
UK Certificate 18



Genre : Fantasy/Horror

Directed by : Julien Maury/Alexandre Bustillo

Starring : Chloe Coulloud/Felix Moati/Jeremy Kapone

Special Note : French Language Film with English Sub-Titles

"It's young Lucy's first day as a trainee in-house caregiver. She visits Mrs Jessel, an old woman who lies in cerebral coma, by herself, in her large desolate house. Learning by accident that Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher of repute, supposedly possesses a treasure somewhere in the house, Lucy and friends William and Ben decide to search the house in the hope of finding it. At night, they get into the house, which reveals itself to be increasingly peculiar. Their hunt for Mrs Jessel's treasure leads them into a horrifying supernatural series of events that will change Lucy forever..."

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I was a tad disappointed by this movie, particularly from the Directors of 'Inside' a very brutal outing.
This was so-so vampire type story which I admit at times was scary...Gory ..and gritty
Could have been better.
Still worth a watch.

6/10



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Snow White & the Huntsman
Uk Certificate 12


Genre : Action/Adventure/Drama/Fantasy

Directed by : Rubert Sanders

Starring : Kristen Stewart/Charlize Theron/Chris Hemsworth


Snow White, imprisoned daughter of the late king, escapes just as the Magic Mirror declares her the source of the Evil Queen's immortality. The Queen sends her men, led by a local huntsman, to bring her back. But upon her capture, the huntsman finds he's being played and turns against the Queen's men, saving Snow White in the process. Meanwhile, Snow's childhood friend, William, learns that she is alive and sets off to save her.

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Well this film could have been much better, as it is just average.
The storyline was so-so, the performances were wooden, particularly the leads.
The Special Effects were good however.

Otherwise a disappointment.


6/10







How I Spent My Summer Vacation
UK Certificate 15


Genre : Action/Crime/Drama/Thriller

Directed by : Adrian Grunberg

Starring : Mel Gibson


It’s been a bad day for Driver (Mel Gibson) and it’s not getting any better. He just made a big haul of millions that would give him a nice summer vacation on easy street. A good idea that went south – literally.
During a high-speed car chase with the US Border Patrol, and a bleeding body in his back seat, Driver flips his car smashing through the border wall, tumbling violently, coming to a stop … in Mexico. Apprehended by the Mexican authorities, he is sent to a hard-core prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of “El Pueblito”, the worst prison in all of Mexico. Not an easy place for an outsider such as Driver to survive, unless it’s with the help of someone who knows the ropes - a 10 year-old kid.

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Mel Gibson back on top form & how....Gripping Storyline, Brutal & often bloody movie with superb special effects & action sequences.
One for those who like tough action i think.

Recommended

7.5/10







My Way aka Mai wei
UK Certificate 18



Genre : Action/Drama/History/War

Directed by : Kang Je-Kyu

Starring : Dong-gun Jang/Jo Odagiri/Bingbing Fan

Special Note : Multilingual Korean Film with English Sub-Titles

Jun Shik works for Tatsuo's grandfather's farm while Korea is colonized by Japan, but he has a dream to participate in Tokyo Olympics as a marathon runner. Tatsuo also aims to become a marathon runner, so the two are in rivalry. But war breaks out and they both are forced to enlist in the army. Tatsuo becomes the head of defense in Jun Shik's unit and he devises a scheme but fails. Jun Shik and Tatsuo are captured by the Soviets. They run away but soon are captured by Germans and forced to separate. In 1944, they meet again at the shores of Normandy.

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A superb movie...Outstanding Storyline telling the tale of the effects of War brutality..Gritty & often Bloody..
Make no mistake this film shows War as it really is...so be warned.
The Photography & Direction complimented the Performances....Trually Outstanding.

Highly Recommended

9/10




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Prometheus
UK Certificate 15



Genre : Adventure/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Ridley Scott

Starring : Noomi Rapace/Michael Fassbender/Guy Pearce


A team of scientists travels through the universe on the spaceship "Prometheus" on a voyage to investigate alien life forms. The team of scientists becomes stranded on an Alien world, and as they struggle to survive it becomes clear that the horrors they experience are not just a threat to themselves, but to all of mankind.

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This is the prequel to Alien and is the only link to that great movie.
The Storyline often muddled, developing little in the way of tension, is only lifted by the performance of Noomi Rapace.
The Special Effects are good & cinematography excellent in what was otherwise a disappointment.

One for Sci-Fi addicts I think

6.5/10






The Admiral
aka Rengô kantai shirei chôkan: Yamamoto Isoroku
UK Certificate 15


Genre : Biography/Drama/History/War

Directed by : Izuru Narushima

Starring : Koji Yakusho/Akira Emoto/Hiroshi Tamaki

Special Note : Japanese language film with English Sub-Titles


Japan 1941 : With war raging in Europe, Japan's imperial command sees an opportunity to advance their nation's standing in the world.
The plan to attack Pearl Harbor was drawn up, and one man was tasked with it's implementation: Admiral Yamamoto. Opposed to the plan, Yamamoto must nevertheless carry out his orders and commit one of the biggest military mistakes in history.

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A somewhat understated study of Admiral Yamamoto...Really very slow drawn out Storyline.
The special effects were average..Not much more to say.


5/10






Outpost 2: Black Sun
UK Certificate 15



Genre : Action/Horror

Directed by : Steve Barker

Starring : Catherine Steadman/Richard Coyle


The year is 1945, the closing stages of WW2, and a German scientist by the name of Klausener is working on a frightening new technology that has the power to create an immortal Nazi army. Flash forward to present day, and a NATO task force is hurriedly deployed to Eastern Europe, where a sinister enemy appears to be mercilessly killing everything in its path. But this is no ordinary foe. Only Helena, a gutsy investigator on the trail of the notorious war-criminal Klausener, accepts the reality of that they are facing a battalion of Nazi Storm-Troopers, a veritable zombie army on the march.

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Run of the mill zombie movie, just a tad better than the first.
Gore yes.


4.5/10




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Wrath of the Titans

UK Certificate 12


Genre : Action/Adventure/Fantasy

Directed by : Jonathan Liebesman

Starring : Sam Worthington/Rosamond Pike/Bill Nighy


Perseus and his son Helius live as fishermen in a small village. One night, Zeus visits Perseus and tells that the gods are weaker since the humans do not pray to them anymore. He tells that the walls of Tartarus are falling down in the underworld and all the demons will be released on Earth and Kronos will escape from his imprisonment. Zeus goes to the underworld with Poseidon to join forces with Aries and Hades but they are betrayed and Zeus is captured. Poseidon escapes deadly wounded and encounters Perseus in the Zeus' Temple. He gives his trident to Perseus and advises him to meet his son and also demigod Agenor in the kingdom of Andromeda and ask him to guide Perseus to find the fallen one. Together with Andromeda, they begin their saga to release Zeus and avoid that Ares and Hades unleash the ancient Titan Kronos.


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Oh dear..this movie could have been alot better...Good performances by some could not lift an otherwise below average storyline..Special effects were OK...but that was it.
A big disappoitment.


5/10







Prometheus Trap
UK Certificate 15


Genre : Sci-Fi

Directed by : Andrew Bellware

Starring : Michael Shattner/Rebecca Kush/Kate Britton


In deep space, the military cruiser Venom is diverted from its mission to investigate a derelict freighter ship, the PROMETHEUS. On board, all of the crew are dead -- victims of sabotage. And its only cargo is a weapon - one that will change the course of man s destiny.

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Oh what a stinker....In the story the weapon is activated an causes Events to repeat themselves.....I fell asleep after the third inactment.
If your a masocist watch it, otherwise avoid.

2/10






Six Bullets
UK Certificate 15


Genre : Action/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Ernie Barbarash

Starring : Jean-Claude Van Damme/Joe Flanigan/Anna-Louise Plowman


An ex-mercenary known for finding missing children is hired by a mixed martial arts fighter whose daughter has been kidnapped.


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This is a surprise....A good film from Van Damme..Excellent action & a good Storyline make for a fun watch.
Action Fans wll like.

6/10




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Dark Tide
Uk Certificate 15


Genre : Adventure/Drama/Thriller

Directed by : John Stockwell

Starring : Halle Berry/Olivier Martinez


Kate is a shark expert whose business has been failing since a shark attack killed a fellow diver under her command. Once dubbed "the shark whisperer," Kate is haunted by the memory of the attack and unable to get back into the water. With bills piling up and the bank about to foreclose on Kate's boat, Kate's ex-boyfriend Jeff presents her with a lucrative opportunity to lead a thrill-seeking millionaire businessman on a dangerous shark dive - outside the cage. Battling her self-doubts and fear, Kate accepts the proposal and sets a course for the world's deadliest feeding ground - Shark Alley.

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This movie could have been alot better....The plot was thin & the characterisation poor.
The only redeeming feature was the underwater cinematography.


4/10





Red Lights
UK Certificate 15


Genre : Drama/Mystery/Thriller

Directed by : Rodrigo Cortes

Starring : Robert De Niro/Sigourney Weaver/Cillian Murphy


Dr. Margaret Matheson and her partner, Tom Buckley are the world's foremost investigators of paranormal phenomena. Professional skeptics, they have debunked dozens of fraudulent mind readers, ghost hunters, faith healers and the like by detecting what Matheson calls 'red lights', subtle clues to the trickery behind each of these 'supernatural' occurrences.

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Competant thriller in a similar vein to "Sixth Sense".
A good storyline well acted ....with spooky moments, but let down by a somewhat predictable plot.
Worth a look.

6.5/10





Spiderhole
UK Certificate 18


Genre : Horror

Directed by : Daniel Simpson

Starring : Amy Noble/Emma Griffiths Malin/George Maguire


Molly, together with her three art student friends, embark upon a mission to find an empty house in London, with the view to the living as squatters, free from rent, and free to party. Having found the ideal squat, they break in and go about the merry business of dressing the stark interior to reflect their artistic selves. Darkness pervades their new dwelling place, a darkness through which they discover the full implications of their intrepid choice. A nightmare unfolds that traps the viewer and protagonists alike in a terrifying and unforgiving new reality. Who or what is orchestrating their bloody demise and why? The house appeared to be empty and yet a malevolent force is clearly at work.

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Another movie with a dreadful plot & below average storyline.
On top of that it was not scary probably because you have seen it down better elsewhere.
One for insomniacs.

3/10



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Red Tails
UK Certificate 12


Genre : Action/Adventure/Drama/History/War

Directed by : Anthony Hemingway

Starring : Nate Parker/David Oyelowo/Ne-Yo/Cuba Gooding Jr.


Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky - even as they battle discrimination on the ground. It's a tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history.

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This movie got mixed reviews...I liked it mainly from the aviation perspective..The CGI was good with set piece battles.
The characterisation could have been better, but I think this was the fault of the script rather than the acting performances.
Take it for what it is ..a gung-ho enjoyable movie.

If you want a deeper dramatisation then check out "The Tuskegee Airmen" made in 1995 and still available on DVD.


7/10






Storage 24
UK Certificate 15


Genre : Horror/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Johannes Roberts

Starring : Noel Clarke/Laura Haddock


London is in chaos. A military cargo plane has crashed leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. Completely unaware London is in lockdown, Charlie (Noel Clarke) and Shelley (Antonia Campbell-Hughes), accompanied by best friends Mark (Colin O'Donoghue) and Nikki (Laura Haddock), are at Storage 24 dividing up their possessions after a recent break-up.
Suddenly, the power goes off. Trapped in a dark maze of endless corridors, a mystery predator is hunting them one by one. In a place designed to keep things in, how do you get out?

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Nothing exceptional in this Sci-Fi Horror...In fact there were really no scary moments.
Average Storyline...
One for Sci-Fi Geeks


4.5/10






VLOG
UK Certificate 18


Genre : Horror

Directed by : Joshua Butler

Starring : Brooke Marks/Trevor Trout


Millions watched in horror as popular and sexy vlogger Brooke Marks was murdered on camera during one of her live webcasts. Her body was never found. But what happened in the weeks before might be the most depraved crimes of all. These are the days and nights leading up to Brooke s brutal death: Her casual hook-ups with various guys. Her cruel put-downs of other women. And the faceless cyber-stalker who forces Brooke to watch as those closest to her are systematically tortured, slaughtered and defiled.

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Ohhhhhhhhhh Dear.
If you like Gore then there is a very gory moment or two...If you like Brooke Marks then watch this below average Horror.
One for late night Horror addicts

3.5/10



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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
UK Certificate 15


Genre : Drama/Romance/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Lorene Scafaria

Starring : Steve Carell/Keira Knightley

There are 21 days left until the end of the world. Meek salesman Dodge (Steve Carell) has been suddenly deserted by his wife and now has no idea how to spend his last remaining days. When a riot breaks out around his building, Dodge escapes in the car of his extraverted neighbour Penny (Keira Knightley). Seizing the moment, they embark on a hilarious road trip to reunite with their loved ones – Dodge with his long lost high school sweetheart and Penny with her family. On the road together, the unlikely travelling companions’ respective personal journeys accelerate, and their outlooks – if not the world’s – brighten.

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A well Acted & scripted movie, which often brings a smile & a tear....
One for all Romantics who like a dash of Sci-Fi.

Recommended

7.5/10






Brake
UK Certificate 15


Genre : Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Gabe Torres

Starring : Stephen Dorff/Chyler Leigh


What appears to be a random kidnapping becomes something more sinister when Secret Service Agent Jeremy Reins discovers he's being used as a pawn in a terrorist plot. Watching the clock tick down to an unknown catastrophe, Jeremy is forced by his captors to listen to the outside world on the brink of collapse, knowing that the only way to save the people he loves is to divulge a secret that he has sworn to protect.

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I did not like this film much as it was shot almost entirely in the Boot of a car.
That said the acting was good....and the Storyline in keeping with the setting.
The ending had the usual twist, you either liked or hated it.

Left me cold

5/10






Saints & Soldiers : Airborne Creed

UK Certificate 15


Genre : War

Directed by : Ryan Little

Starring : Corbin Allred/David Nibley/Jasen Wade


On August 15, 1944 the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team (PRCT) jumped over the south of France. Their mission was to support and protect the Allied Troops marching to Berlin. Landing in enemy territory, they fell under immediate attack. In their effort to complete the mission and rendez-vous with their unit, three isolated paratroopers come across a group of French resistants in desperate need. They decide to help liberate some of the captive Partisans. Doing so they will risk their lives.

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An average war movie on a budget...
So don't expect a "Band of Brothers"


5/10




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Inbred
UK Certificate 18


Genre : Horror

Directed by : Alex Chandon

Starring : Jo Hartley/Seamus O'Neill/James Doherty


A group of young urban offenders and their care workers embark on a community service weekend in the strange, remote Yorkshire village of Mortlake, which prides on keeping itself to itself. Visiting the local pub the Dirty Hole which serves suspiciously hairy pork scratching, they quickly realise they ve made the wrong holiday choice. When an incident with some local inbred youths rapidly escalates into a blood-soaked, deliriously warped nightmare, it s not a case of who will survive, but what will be left.

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A British made Gore Fest in Heaps......Nice performances compliment the special effects which are way over the top...
Make no mistake it hits u in the face.

6.5/10







Killer Joe
UK Certificate 18


Genre : Crime/Drama/Thriller

Directed by : William Friedkin

Starring : Matthew McConaughey/Emile Hirsch/Juno Temple


Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper a contract killer, who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through.

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A dark look at life, often ammusing & sickening...much violence & odd ball sex.
Well scripted, good performances & spot on direction compliments the often twisted & demented storyline.
If you are easily offended by odd ball sex scenes ..then avoid.


7/10






Werewolf: The Beast Among Us
UK Certificate 18


Genre : Horror/Thriller

Directed by : Louis Morneau

Starring : Ed Quinn/Stephen Rea/Guy Wilson


Set in a 19th century village, a young man studying under a local doctor joins a team of hunters on the trail of a wolf-like creature.

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A neat werewolf movie with good CGI effects....
Storyline & acting compliment.


6/10



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Chernobyl Diaries
UK Certificate 15


Genre : Horror

Directed by : Bradley Parker

Starring : Ingrid Bolso Berdal/Dimitri Diatchenko/Devon Kelley


A group of six young vacationers who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an "extreme" tour guide. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago.

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A fairly average Horror which could have been much better...The Ending left you with the feeling that it was rushed storyline ...
That said the acting was good, and the special effects, what there was of them, reasonable.


5/10





Cosmopolis
UK Certificate 15


Genre : Drama

Directed by : David Cronenberg

Starring : Robert Pattinson/Juliette Binoche/Sarah Gadon


New York is in turmoil, the age of capitalism is drawing to a close and Eric Packer, a high finance golden boy is chauffeured across the city in his extravagant limousine to get a haircut. A visit from the President of the United States paralyses Manhattan and as the day goes by, an eruption of wild activity unfolds on the city s streets. Eric watches helplessly as his empire collapses and as his paranoia intensifies during the 24-hour period, he starts to piece together clues that lead him to a most terrifying secret: his imminent assassination.

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If you like endless dialogue the Cronenburg way, then you will like this.
I am afraid I did not....
Protentious Film ..yes...Convoluted storyline..somewhat.


5/10







The Arrival of Wang aka L'arrivo di Wang
UK Certificate 15


Genre : Sci-Fi

Directred by : Antonio Manetti

Starring : Ennio Fantastichini/Francesca Cuttica

Special Note : Italian Language Film with English Sub-Titles


When Chinese-language interpreter Gaia (Francesca Cuttica) is offered a job that pays a fortune, she can't believe her luck. This time, however, is going to be a little different. After being escorted to a secret location in Rome, she is locked inside a pitch-black room where she is asked to interpret the harsh interrogation of the eponymous 'Wang'. Who is Wang and what does he want? Disturbed by the way the interrogation is conducted by the domineering Inspector Curti (Ennio Fantastichini, Loose Cannons), Gaia demands that the lights are switched on. Only upon seeing Wang, does Gaia realise why the job has come with so much mystery and subterfuge. And that she may be in way over her head...

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An average Sci-Fi movie on a Budget with a predictable Storyline, except the ending, and few Special effects.
What there were however were good.
One for Sci-Fi addicts.


5/10



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The Amazing Spider-Man
UK Certificate 12


Genre : Action/Adventure/Fantasy

Directed by : Marc Webb

Starring : Andrew Garfield/Emma Stone/Rhys Ifans


Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy, and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr Curt Connors, his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

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An ok fantasy ..tried & tested formula following the last Spider-Man series ....
Good performances & of course awsome special effects.
My only gripe is why does'nt Hollywood think of something new for a change.


7/10





The Hunter

UK Certificate 15


Genre: Adventure/Drama

Directed by : Daniel Nettheim

Starring : Willem Dafoe/Frances O'Connor/Sam Neill


The independent and lonely hunter Martin David is hired by the powerful biotech company Red Leaf to hunt down the last Tasmanian tiger. Red Leaf is interested in the DNA of the animal and Martin travels to Tasmania alone. He poses as a researcher from a university and lodges in the house of Lucy Armstrong. Martin leans that Lucy's husband has been missing for a long time and he befriends her children, Sass and Bike. When Martin goes to the village, he has a hostile reception from the locals. Along the days, Martin spends his days in the Tasmanian wilderness chasing the Tiger and becomes closer and closer to the Armstrong family. But Red Leaf wants results no matter the costs.

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A strong performance by Dafoe brings to life this Drama....Awsome Photography sets the scene.
Neat no nonsense storyline compliments.

7/10






House of Bones
UK Certificate 18


Genre : Horror

Directed by : Jeffrey Scott Lando

Starring : Charisma Carpenter/Marcus L. Brown/Ricky Wayne


TV ghost hunters enter a reportedly haunted house that may prove to be the death of them.

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An average Horror with few scary moments.
Worth a watch late at night.


5/10



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The Bourne Legacy

UK Certificate 12


Genre : Action/Adventure/Thriller

Directed by : Tony Gilroy

Starring : Jeremy Renner/Rachel Weisz/Edward Norton


When a British reporter was writing an expose about Black Ops operations Treadstone and Black Briar, and the ones responsible for them are concerned. And when Jason Bourne, former Treadstone operative got the file on Treadstone and Black Briar and gave it to Pamela Landy who them passed it to the media. When the men behind Treadstone and Black Briar learn of this, they're concerned how this will affects other ops they have. They decide it's best to shut down all ops and make sure make everyone involved disappears. They try to take out Aaron Cross who is part of another op called Outcome, but he manages to survive.....

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Very average Storyline & Direction which was only lifted by the Superb performances from Renner & Weisz...
The Action sequences were good..which complimented the lead acting....

6.5/10





The Dark Knight Rises
UK Certificate 12


Genre : Action/Crime/Drama/Thriller

Directed by : Christopher Nolan

Starring : Christian Bale/Michael Caine/Gary Oldman

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

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Awsome finale to the Batman Trilogy.....Well scripted, superbly acted & outstanding special effects..
A must see..

Highly Recommended

9/10






Lovely Molly
UK Certificate 15


Genre : Drama/Horror

Directed by : Eduardo Sanchez

Starring : Gretchen Lodge/Jonny Lewis/Alexendra Holden

Molly and her new husband Tim moved in to Molly's deceased parents house out in the country. But not long after they move in Molly starts getting haunted by forgotten memories, or so she thought. Her husband Tim is a truck driver and while he's away she starts seeing things and hearing things that she can't explain. She slips back in to old habits, involving drugs. Her sister Hannah gets worried about Molly, as is her Pastor, and her boss notices something is up too. But there is more to what is happening than most people know. It all comes out in the most horrific way, and not everyone is safe....

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A neat scary Horror let down by a somewhat rushed ending.
Could have been much better...


5.5/10



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and one from the past.


The Expendables 2
UK Certificate 15


Genre : Action/Adventure/Thriller

Directed by : Simon West

Starring : Sylvester Stallone/Jason Statham/Liam Hemsworth/Bruce Willis/et al


The Expendables are reunited when Mr. Church enlists them to take on a seemingly simple job. When things go wrong, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory, where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time - five tons of weapons-grade plutonium, more than enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that's nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary they seek revenge from...

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A step up from the first outing...coherent storyline with a spoonful of humour, well acted & as you might expect awsome in the face action.
Even Arnold Schwarzenegger & Chuck Norris make appearances.
Recommended to all action fans.

7.5/10







Underground
UK Certificate 18


Genre : Horror

Directed by : Rafael Eisenman

Starring : Sofia Pernas/Adrian R'Mante/Jeff D'Agostino


A group of friends fight for their lives against the lethal and ravenous creatures lurking beneath the Earth's surface. The group finds themselves at the mercy of creatures genetically engineered by the military to be expendable in battle. Though they fought countless battles in Iraq, these friends never knew real fear until they went underground.

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This could have been a whole lot better..as it is the Storyline is disjointed, the photography grim at times..
The Special effects are not bad, but hardly lifts a below average horror.

4/10





One from the Past & still available on DVD.



Event Horizon (1997)
UK Certificate 18


Genre : Horror/Mystery/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Paul W.S. Anderson

Starring : Laurence Fishburne/Sam Neill/Kathlean Quinlan


In the year 2047 a message is received from the spaceship Event Horizon, which disappeared mysteriously in the vicinity of Neptune in the year 2040. The starship Lewis and Clark is sent to investigate along with a crew that includes Dr. William Weir (Sam Neill), who is the designer of the Event Horizon. Upon arrival at the Event Horizon there does not appear to be any signs of life, but the Lewis and Clark crew, including Captain Miller (Laurence Fishburne) attempt to get the ship in operable order and hope to find some survivors. Unbenown to the Lewis and Clark crew the Event Horizon was a prototype vessel designed to use a new stardrive that bends space to open a wormhole to anywhere. What the Lewis and Clark eventually discover is that the stardrive didn't work out the way it was supposed to, things went incredibly wrong and it is a question as to whether they will be able to get away from what has happened.

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An awsome Sci-Fi Horror....Good Storyline, fine performances & great special effects.
Make no mistake this is a gory trip to hell.

Recommended

8/10




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