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Annihilation
UK certificate 15
115 mins

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Genre : Adventure/Drama/Horror/Mystery/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Strong Language/Gore/Sex

Directed by : Alex Garland

Starring : Natalie Portman/Jennifer Jason Leigh/Tessa Thompson

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A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

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A slow paced storyline which takes a while to get going, so patience is needed..
The visual effects are outstanding what there was of them.
Performances were for the most part good and are complimented by haunting music score.
One for Sci-Fi addicts and definitely worth a watch.

7/10






Creed 2
UK certificate 12
125 mins

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Genre : Drama/Sport

Contents Advisory : Moderate Violence/Language

Directed by : Steven Caple Jr.

Starring : Michael B. Jordan/Sylvester Stallone/Tessa Thompson

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Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight against an opponent with ties to his family's past, Adonis Creed is up against the challenge of his life.

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This outing to the franchise got mixed reviews but I enjoyed the boxing experience.
The storyling was solid enough complimeted by good performeces.
The fight scenes were well choreographed with excellent visual effects...
Those that like the sport will surely like this.
Worth a watch

7.5/10



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Aquaman
UK certificate 12
138 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Contents Advisory : Moderate violence/Scenes of Sustained Threat

Directed by : James Wan

Starring : Jason Momoa/Amber Heard/Willem Dafoe

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Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Arthur Curry, Orm's half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne.

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Action all the way in this extravaganza of visual effects movie. The performances were top draw and compliments by excellent direction, cinematography and muiscal score.
Those that like superheros should like this..
Recommended...

8/10







The Old Man and the Gun
UK certificate 12
89 mins

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Genre : Biography/Comedy/Crime/Drama/Romance

Contents Advisory : Infrequent Strong Language

Starring : Robert Redford/Casey Affleck/Sissy Spacek

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The true story of Forrest Tucker, from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are a detective, who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman, who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

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Good performances in this well made old fashion yarn but rather bland in places.
The film wont be for everyone but if you like laid back drama you should like this.


7/10



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Assassination Nation
UK certificate 18
104 mins

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Genre : Action/Comedy/Crime/Drama/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Strong Bloody Violence/Strong Language/Sexual Threat

Directed by : Sam Levinson

Starring : Odessa Young/Abra/Suki Waterhouse

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High school senior Lily and her group of friends live in a haze of texts, posts, selfies and chats just like the rest of the world. So, when an anonymous hacker starts posting details from the private lives of everyone in their small town, the result is absolute madness leaving Lily and her friends questioning whether they'll live through the night.

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Load, brash & violent Art House type film, all style and little in the way of substance.
That said the performances were good and complimented by stylish cinematography and Direction.
Those that like something different may like this...

6/10







Beyond White Space aka White Space
UK certificate 15
89 mins

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Genre : Sci-Fi/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Strong Language/Violence/Sex/Threat

Directed by : Ken Locsmandi

Starring : Holt McCallany/Zulay Henao/Dave Sheridan

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When a deep space fishing vessel is robbed by a gang of pirates, the Captain makes a daring decision to go after a rare and nearly extinct species. His obsession propels them further into space as the crew spins toward mutiny and betrayal.

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Like Moby Dick of space with some decent visual effects considering the budget.
The storyline was ok but there were some editing errors near the end.
I guess Sci-Fi fans may like this film.

6/10



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Mortal Engines
UK certificate 12
123 mins

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Genre : Adventure/Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Moderate Violence/Threat

Directed by : Christian Rivers

Starring : Hera Hilmar/Robert Sheehan/Hugo Weaving

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Many thousands of years in the future, Earth’s cities roam the globe on huge wheels, devouring each other in a struggle for ever diminishing resources. On one of these massive traction cities, the old London, Tom Natsworthy has an unexpected encounter with a mysterious young woman from the wastelands who will change the course of his life forever.

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Excellent Sci-Fi action, with top draw special and visual effects.
The only downside was the predictable storyline but I think we can forgive the writers that.
Performances were good particularly Hugo Weaving as Thaddeus Valentine.
Worth a watch...

7/10







Prospect
UK certificate 15
96 mins

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Genre : Drama/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Strong Violence/Gory Injury Detail

Directed by : Christopher Caldwell/Zeek Earl

Starring : Sophie Thatcher/Jay Duplass/Pedro Pascal

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A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They've secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon's toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive.

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A slow paced lean Sci-Fi drama with good performances.
The visual effects were fine and were complimented by excellent cinematography.
I think this film is for die hard Sci-Fi addicts.

6.5/10



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303 Squadron
UK certificate 15
103 mins
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Genre : Drama/War

Contents Advisory : Brief Strong Violence

Directed by : Denis Delic

Starring : Piotr Adamczy/Kirk Barker/Maciej Cymorek

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The story of the highly regarded RAF fighter squadron, in which served mainly airmen from Poland and there heroic defense of England during the Battle of Britain against Nazi attacks.

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This movie got mixed reviews but I enjoyed it especially the flying scenes.
The story line was solid enough but the musical score was let down at times by to much volume in the sound mix. The special effects were fine considering the budget as was the cinematography.

6.5/10







Replicas
UK certificate 12
103 mins

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Genre : Drama/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Moderate Violence/Bloody Images

Directed by : Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Starring : Keanu Reeves/Alice Eve/Thomas Middleditch

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A scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident.

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Another underrated movie with mixed reviews but I enjoyed the ride.
The direction was good as were the performances all of which were complimented by excellent special and visual effects.

6.5/10



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Leprechaun Returns
UK certificate 18
92 mins

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Genre : Comedy/Fantasy/Horror

Contents Advisory : Strong Bloody Violence/Gore

Director : Steven Kostanski

Starring : Taylor Spreitler/Pepi Sonuga/Sai Bennett

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The Leprechaun returns once again, when a group of girls unwillingly awaken him, when they tear down a cabin so that they can build a new sorority house.

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A good addition to the franchise with plenty of Bloody violence and gore.
There was also comedy sprinkled about the storyline like drops of blood lol.
The special and visual effects ere excellent and complemented by good cinematography.
One for horror fans and those that liked the Leprechaun series.

6.5/10







West of Hell
UK certificate 18
78 mins

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Genre : Fantasy/Horror/ Western

Contents Advisory : Strong Violence/Injury Detail/Threat

Directed by : Michael Steves

Starring : Tony Todd/Michael Eklund/Lance Henriksen

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A gunslinger, a vengeful ex-slave, and a runaway board a midnight train to Atlanta. They discover that the train is haunted by a sinister force, and must fight to survive the night.

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I did not like this movie a tad lack luster for my tastes.
The action only gets going in the second half of the film with average special effects.
There was little the actors could do to luft an abysmal storyline.
I think this is one for die hard horror fans.

4/10




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The Last Witness
UK certificate 15
90 mins

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Genre : Drama/History/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Disturbing Images/Strong Violence

Directed by : Piotr Szkopiak

Starring : Alex Pettyfer/Robert Wieckiewicz/Talulah Riley

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An ambitious young journalist uncovers the horrific slaughter of 22,000 Polish officers during World War II, a secret kept hidden for far too many years.

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Performances were good and were complimented by excellent cinematography of a sensitive subject.
The storyline is thoughtful and as one might expect hard hitting at times.
All in all a good Anglo-Polish production worthy of a watch.

7/10








The Vanishing
UK certificatw 15
104 mins

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Genre : Crime/Drama/Mystery/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Very Strong Language/Strong Bloody Violence

Directed by : Kristoffer Nyholm

Starring : Gerard Butler/Peter Mullan/Connor Swindells

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Three lighthouse keepers on the remote Flannan Isles find a hidden trunk of gold, leading to their mysterious disappearance.

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A slow paced drama with a good old- fashioned story telling.
The performances were good too, particularly by Gerard Butler.
I liked the cinematography which gave real depth to the remote Island scenes.


6.5/10



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Astro aka Astro AD
UK certificate 15
104 mins

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Genre : Action/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Strong Violence

Directed by : Asif Akbar

Starring : Gary Daniels/Marshal Hilton/Courtney Akbar

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A story of a billionaire's private space exploration program returning to Earth with an abducted extraterrestrial from a newly discovered alien planet.

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This movie could have been better, slow paced, and in the most part uninteresting.
Performances seemed strained and below average, but the action scenes,what there was of them were ok. As I keep on saying good Sci-fi cannot be done on a shoe string.


3.5/10






Glass
UK certificate 15
124 mins

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Genre : Drama/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Infrequent Strong Violence/Bloody Images

Directed by : M. Night Shyamalan

Staring : James McAvoy/Bruce Willis/Samuel L. Jackson

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In a series of escalating encounters, security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities. Meanwhile, the shadowy presence of Elijah Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

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Mcvoy puts in a top draw performance as the multiple personality disturbed man.
The storyline is suitably weird, but interesting, and is complimented by good cinematography and visual effects.
I felt that there was to much dialogue and the ending an anti climax.
If you liked "Unbreakable" or something different in SC0Fi you should like this.

7/10



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Destroyer
UK certificate 15
116 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Drama/Mystery/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Very Strong Language/Strong Violence/Sex

Directed by : Karyn Kusama

Starring : Nicole Kidman/Toby Kebbell/Tatiana Maslany

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Erin Bell is an LAPD detective who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

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Too slow paced and too many flash backs for my liking .
However Ms. Kidman puts in her usual good performance and is complimented by solid direction
and cinematography.
Those that like slow paced drama should like this, but fans of action will be disappointed.

6.5/10







Lancaster Skies
UK certificate PG
98 mins

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Genre : Action/Drama/War

Contents Advisory : Mild Bad Language/Threat/Injury Detail

Directed by : Callum Burn

Starring : Kris Saddler/Rosa Coduri/Jeffrey Mundell

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Douglas, a broken, solitary, Spitfire Ace, must overcome his past to lead a Lancaster bomber crew in the pivotal aerial war over Berlin, in 1944.

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Not a bad effort considering the low budget with some reasonable special effects.
In the main performances were average. but in keeping with the storyline.
Action scenes were few and far between and the ending in my view disappoints.

6/10



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The Kid
UK certificate 15
96 mins

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Genre : Biography/Drama/Western

Contents Advisory : Strong Bloody Violence/Language

Directed by : Vincent D'Onofrio

Starring : Ethan Hawke/Jake Schur/Leila George/Chris Pratt

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The story of a young boy who witnesses Billy the Kid's encounter with Sheriff Pat Garrett.

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An OK western well performed with a reasonable storyline.
Not historically accurate but in my view not essential since the movie entertained.


6.5/10








The Mule
UK certificate 15
112 mins

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Genre : Crime/Drama/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Strong Language/Sexualised Nudity

Directed by : Clint Eastwood

Starring : Clint Eastwood/Patrick L. Reyes/Cesar De León

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Earl Stone, a man in his 80s, is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does so well that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates.

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Well a typical Eastwod film well performed and directed.
Slow paced story does not distract, qnd is complimented by good cinematography.
Eastwood fans should like this outing, but I cannot help feeling that this is his swan song.

7.5/10



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Asher aka Hitman Redemption
UK certificate 15
117 mins

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Genre : Action/Drama/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Strong Language/Violence

Directed by : Michael Caton-Jones

Starring : Ron Perlman/Famke Janssen/Jacqueline Bisset

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Asher is a former Mossad agent turned gun for hire, living an austere life in an ever-changing Brooklyn. Approaching the end of his career, he breaks the oath he took as a young man when he meets Sophie on a hit gone wrong. In order to have love in his life before it's too late, he must kill the man he was, for a chance at becoming the man he wants to be.

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Not the greatest of films but nonetheless enjoyable with good performances all round.
In my view the movie was let down by an average script which in turn effected the storyline, but hey it entertained.

6.5/10







Trading Paint aka Burning Rubber
UK certificate 15
83 mins

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Genre : Action/Drama/Sport/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Strong Language

Directed by : Karzan Kader

Starring : John Travolta/Rosabell Laurenti Sellers/Michael Madsen

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A stock car racing legend is drawn back to the dirt track when his son, an aspiring driver, joins a rival racing team.

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An ok movie that tended to be to bland, better race scenes would have helped.
The direction was at best average but performances were fine.
One for Trivolta fans me thinks.

5.5/10



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A Private War
UK certificate 15
110 mins

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Genre : Biography/Drama/War

Contents Advisory : Bloody Injury Detail/Strong Language

Directed by : Matthew Heineman

Starring : Rosamund Pike/Greg Wise/Alexandra Moen

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One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.

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This is not an easy film to watch with hard hitting scenes of war and real life tragedies told.
Rosamund Pike puts in a top performance as Marie Colvin and is complimented by good cinematography and storyline.
Worth a watch if you like in the face drama,

7.5/10







Once Upon a Time in London
UK certificate 18
111 mins

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Genre : Crime

Contents Advisory : Strong Bloody Violence

Directed by : Simon Rumley

Starring : Terry Stone /Kate Braithwaite/Holly Earl/Andy Beckwith

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In the 1930s, organized crime came to England. The Italian Subinis and English White family in West End dominated the London underworld. Come WWII and Jack "Spot" took over and later Billy Hill.

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Not a bad effort of portraying one of London's most notorious gangsters and as one might expect much bloody violence. I felt that the story tended to jump from location to another without explanation, better continuity would have helped.

6.5/10



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30 Miles from Nowhere
UK certificate 15
83 mins

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Genre : Horror/Mystery/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Strong Language/Threat/Violence/Sex & Suicide References

Directed by : Caitlin Koller

Starring : Carrie Preston/Rob Benedict/Birgundi Baker

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When five college pals return to rural Wisconsin for their estranged friend's funeral, what begins as an uneasy reunion becomes a terrifying fight for survival.

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Much Talking but little in the way of scares and what there was could hardly be called Horror.
On the positive side the acting was ok complimented by decent direction.
All in all an average horror outing.
5/10







Dead Trigger
UK certificate 15
87 mins

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Genre : Action/Horror/Sci-Fi

Contents Advisory : Strong Bloody Violence

Directed by : Mike Cuff/Scott Windhauser

Starring : Dolph Lundgren/Autumn Reeser/Romeo Miller

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2021 - 5 years after the outbreak of a mysterious virus that turned humans into bloodthirsty, undead beasts much of the world’s population has been decimated. When governments were unable to keep the disease at bay, the Contagion Special Unit was formed with the toughest soldiers and best specialists to fight the infected. Because of the rapidly decreasing number of soldiers, a popular online video game Dead Trigger that mirrors the terrifying events was created

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Oh dear...A bad zombie film with cheap special effects and laughable acting.
It constantly amazes me that the movie industry puts up so little in the way of finance but expects the best.

3.5/10



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Arctic
UK certificate 12
94 mins

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Genre : Adventure/Drama/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Infrequent Strong Language/Moderate Threat/Injury Detail

Directed by : Joe Penna

Starring : Mads Mikkelsen/Maria Thelma Smáradóttir

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A man stranded in the Arctic after a plane crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown.

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An excellent survival story with a top draw performance by Mads Mikkelsen.
The cinematography is also excellent as id the visuals.
Although nicely paced the film wont be for everyone.


7/10







Cold Pursuit
UK certificate 15
114 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Drama/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Strong Violence/Injury Detail

Directed by : Hans Petter Moland

Starring : : Liam Neeson/Laura Dern/Micheál Richardson

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The quiet family life of Nels Coxman, a snowplow driver, is upended after his son's murder. Nels begins a vengeful hunt for Viking, the drug lord he holds responsible for the killing, eliminating Viking's associates one by one. As Nels draws closer to Viking, his actions bring even more unexpected and violent consequences, as he proves that revenge is all in the execution.

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An entertaining film Based on the 2014 Norwegian film 'In Order of Disappearance'.
Good visuals are complimented by spot on direction and the usual excellent performance by Neeson.
The action sequences are ok and in keeping with the storyline.
One for Neeson vans me thinks.


6.5/10



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Avengement

UK certificate 18
84 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime

Contents Advisory : Strong Bloody Violence/Injury Detail/Very Strong Language

Directed by : Jesse V. Johnson

Starring : Scott Adkins/Craig Fairbrass/Thomas Turgoose

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While released on furlough from prison, a lowly criminal evades his guards and returns to his old haunts to take revenge on the people that made him a cold-hearted killer.

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Lots on bloody violence and brutal fight scenes complimented by a good storyline.
The special effects were good to as were the performances.
Adkins fans will like this but it is not for all.

7/10







The Poison Rose aka Eye for an Eye
UK certificate 15
93 mins

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Genre : Drama /Mystery/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Strong Violence/Language

Directed by : George Gallo

Starring : John Travolta/Morgan Freeman/Famke Janssen,

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A down-on-his-luck PI is hired by his old flame to investigate a murder. But while the case at first appears routine, it slowly reveals itself to be a complex interwoven web of crimes, suspects and dead bodies.

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Not as bad as some critics make out although the storyline was some what predictable.
Performances in the main were good but direction was averge.
So all in all not a bad effort.

6/10



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