In Review: The Way, Way Back

by Vicki Cole 28 August 2013

The Way, Way Back tells the coming-of-age story of Duncan (Liam James), a shy and awkward teenager who, while on summer vacation with his mum Pam (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell), finds solace at a water park and an unlikely friend in its Peter Pan manager, Owen (Sam Rockwell).

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FrightFest 2013 Review: Haunter

by Martyn Conterio 27 August 2013

Director Vincenzo Natali is primarily known for dark and inventive sci-fi fare. His latest feature, Haunter, is curiously lighter in touch and tone, but it does share a link to the metaphysical and surrealist aspects of his little-seen 2003 picture, Nothing, and the claustrophobic scenario of Cube (1997).

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In Review: Simon Killer on Blu-ray

by Ben Nicholson 26 August 2013

For his sophomore feature, director Antonio Campos has once again found his camera lingering on a disconnected and troubled young man.

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FrightFest 2013: Reviews Round-up Part 2

by Martyn Conterio 26 August 2013

Cheap Thrills Two luckless dudes, Craig and Vince (played by Pat Healy and Ethan Embry), bump into rich drunkards Colin and Violet (David Koechner and Sara Paxton) in a bar. Their night of carousing and coke-snorting is interrupted by a series of ‘Funny Games’ in which the guys, desperate for cash, begin a series of […]

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Film4 FrightFest 2013: Reviews Round-up Part 1

by Martyn Conterio 24 August 2013

Rewind This! Josh Johnson’s excellent documentary on the cultural impact of VHS largely sidesteps cheesy/easy nostalgia in favour of a multi-stranded approach that took in various aspects of the technology and market. Interviewing collectors, archivists and video store owners (some still do exist) Rewind This! is entertaining, informative and very well put together.

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In Review: Little Deaths on DVD

by Mark Searby 23 August 2013

Horror Anthologies are the big thing in scary movies at present, so now would seem to be the perfect time to release a film made in 2011 that has three stories about sex and death from three of the UK’s biggest horror directors.

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FrightFest 2013 Review: The Dead 2: India

by Martyn Conterio 23 August 2013

Swapping the sun-baked aridness of Burkina Faso for the sun-baked aridness of Rajasthan, India – the film’s setting is actually in the title, it is presumed in order to kick-off a raft of location-specific sequels (The Dead 4: Walton-on-the-Naze) – The Ford Brothers, Howard and Jon, have another stab at the zombie flick.

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FrightFest 2013 Review: Curse Of Chucky

by Martyn Conterio 23 August 2013

As tradition stands in the horror genre, when a movie has reached its sixth entry, audiences have little expectation left and the well of creativity is often found to be bone dry. Curse of Chucky bucks the trend with an inventive outing for the little monster.

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In Review: Pain and Gain

by Mairéad Roche 23 August 2013

Arguably not one to allow a textured, nuanced script to get in the way of a dynamic visual, director Michael Bay moves into film making at a tenth of the price range of his usual Transformers blockbusters with Pain and Gain.

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FrightFest 2013 Interview: Josh Riedford, Producer, Co-star of Daylight

by Martyn Conterio 23 August 2013

Daylight will receive its world premiere at Film4 FrightFest 2013 on 23rd August. The film is an eerie and inventive mystery that explores a very real concern – child protection – with a well done otherworldly twist. In preparation for its screening at FrightFest, we spoke to co-director, star and producer, Josh Riedford, about the […]

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In Review: Winter of Discontent

by Ben Nicholson 22 August 2013

Ibrahim El-Batout could hardly have been more on-the-ball than when he rushed out to Tahrir square to shoot an impromptu scene amidst the protests of January, 2011. The resulting feature, the measured Winter of Discontent, paints a portrait of the conditions in Egypt during the latter years of Hosni Mubarak’s oppressive rule.

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