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  • The Winter Lake – ★★✩✩✩ | Film Review

    March 2, 2021 by

    Simple story, mother and boy move to new house, boy finds something sinister in lake, boy falls for girl next door, boy’s mum falls for dad next door…nothing ends happy. Synopis: After making a grim discovery in a seasonal lake, a withdrawn teenager discovers the truth about his neighbours, a father and daughter harbouring sinister… Read more

  • Come True – ★★★★✩ | Film Review

    March 2, 2021 by

    Dreams can come true! Synopsis: A teenage runaway takes part in a sleep study that becomes a nightmarish descent into the depths of her mind and a frightening examination of the power of dreams. Director: Anthony Scott BurnsWriter: Anthony Scott Burns (screenplay by), Daniel Weissenberger (story by)Stars: Skylar Radzion, Landon Liboiron, Julia Sarah Stone  Certification: 15Run Time: 1hr 35min DaveOnFilm… Read more

  • Me You Madness – Coming Soon

    February 23, 2021 by

    Louise Linton’s comedy thriller, Me You Madness, starring Gossip Girl heart throb Ed Westwick, will be released on Digital Download in the UK & Ireland on 19th April by ILY Films. Me You Madness is Linton’s first experience of writing and directing. She also stars, playing Catherine Black; a ruthlessly ambitious, intelligent and successful business… Read more

  • Gatecrash – ★✩✩✩✩ | Film Review

    February 21, 2021 by

    More like a car crash! Synopsis: A dark psychological thriller which follows a couple who find themselves in a hit and run situation, with the evidence suggesting there was no accident. Director: Lawrence GoughWriters: Lawrence Gough (Adapted for the screen by), Terry Hughes (Original Stageplay and Adapted for the screen by), Alan Pattison (Adapted for… Read more

  • Foster Boy – ★★★★★| Film Review

    February 18, 2021 by

    Reviewing through a sea of tears! Synopsis: A for-profit Foster care agency puts a known sex offender into the same foster home as a lawyer’s young client, Jamal, with catastrophic results. Each man heals the other in the pursuit of justice, as they expose the horrifying corrupt agency. Certification: 15Run Time: 1hr 45m Director: Youssef… Read more

  • Butchers – ★★★✩✩ | Film Review

    February 16, 2021 by

    Canadian Meat Chopping goodness Synopsis: A family of sadistic butchers has dug into the back country and, from the deep freeze of winter to the dog days of summer, anyone who crosses their path is dead meat. Director: Adrian LangleyWriter: Adrian Langley, Daniel WeissenbergerCast: Simon Phillips, Michael Swatton, Julie Mainville  DaveOnFilm says: As far as “Mad Family in… Read more

  • Red Latex – ★✩✩✩✩ | Film Review

    February 15, 2021 by

    An utterly pointless film throughout Synopsis: A young husband escapes his pregnant wife and her smothering family to find refuge with a dominatrix. Director: Gerard MarcoWriter: Gerard MarcoCast: Alejandra Aristegui, Fedra Duarte, Valeria Rowinski DaveOnFilm says:Where do you start with a film like this. It was just bad. Horribly acted, a story which was just naff and… Read more

  • The Curse of Dracula – ★★★✩✩ | Film Review

    February 15, 2021 by

    Simply the best Solvenian Splatterfest I have seen this year! Director: Tomaz GorkicWriter: Tomaz Gorkic (Screenplay)Stars: Jurij Drevensek, Marko Mandic, Tanja Ribic  Synopsis: Two crooks looking to scam tourists organize a tour of an abandoned manor house rumoured to be haunted by the cousin of Count Dracula. Their first group consist of a Swedish Satanist, two French goths… Read more

  • News Of The World – ★★✩✩✩ | Film Review

    February 10, 2021 by

    Not a scandal in sight…neither phone hacking, or American brutality on natives…. Certification: 12A Length: 1hr 59m Director: Paul GreengrassWriter: Paul Greengrass (Screenplay), Luke Davies (Screenplay), Paulette Jiles (based on the novel by)Stars: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Tom Astor  Synopsis: A Civil War veteran agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to… Read more

  • Skin Collector – ★★★✩✩ | Film Review

    February 8, 2021 by

    Creepy Old Man stalker alert! Synopsis:A serial killer becomes obsessed with the only victim to survive his attack; a shy young secretary with an indomnitable will to survive. When the psychopath penetrates police lines to abduct his target, she must draw on all her resources to survive the ordeal. Director: Julian RichardsWriter: Brian Harper (novel), Robert D.… Read more

  • Next – ★★★✩✩ | Film Review

    February 7, 2021 by

    Just Nic Cage being Nic Cage! Synopsis: A Las Vegas magician who can see into the future is pursued by FBI agents seeking to use his abilities to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack. Director: Lee TamahoriWriter: Gary Goldman (Screenplay), Jonathan Hensleigh (Screenplay), Paul Bernbaum (Screenplay), Gary Goldman (Screen Story), Philip K. Dick (Novel)Stars: Nicolas Cage, Julianne… Read more

  • I Am Toxic – ★✩✩✩✩ | Film Review

    February 7, 2021 by

    Who the fuck are we meant to be rooting for exactly? Synopsis: A man wakes in a world ravaged by biological warfare with no memory of his previous life. Taken prisoner by a group of scavengers he meets a young woman who helps him escape. As the scavengers pursue them through a toxic wasteland he… Read more

  • Crone Wood – ★★★★✩ | Film Review

    February 7, 2021 by

    If Midsommar was a found-footage film… Synopsis:A young couple who just met decides to go camping after a wonderful first encounter, a decision they will soon regret. Director: Mark SheridanWriter: Mark SheridanStars: Elva Trill, Ed Murphy, Sarah Jane Seymour DaveOnFilm says:A complete surprise of a film, Crone Wood is creepy and tense for the most part, with… Read more

  • Burlesque – ★★★★✩ | Film Review

    February 7, 2021 by

    Just a small town girl…. Synopsis: A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer. Director: Steve AntinWriter: Steve AntinStars: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Alan Cumming DaveOnFilm says:More a cabaret rip off than anything new back in 2010, Burlesque saw the return to the big screen of… Read more

  • Sator – ★★★✩✩ | Film Review

    February 6, 2021 by

    If you go down to the woods today…. Synopsis: Secluded in a desolate forest, a broken family is observed by Sator, a supernatural entity who is attempting to claim them. Director: Jordan GrahamWriter: Jordan GrahamStars: Michael Daniel, Rachel Johnson, Aurora Lowe DaveOnFilm says:Sator is a low-budget extremely slow burn of a film. That slow sometimes that I… Read more

  • Greenland – ★★★★★ | Film Review

    February 6, 2021 by

    Gerard Butler vs Comet……and he doesn’t punch it! Synopsis: A family struggles for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster. DaveOnFilm says:I love a good disaster film….this isn’t a good disaster film……it’s a FANTASTIC disaster film!We have a very simple concept, a comet threatening earth. But instead of following scientists and astronauts and… Read more

  • Max Winslow and the House of Secrets – ★★★★✩ | Film Review

    February 6, 2021 by

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets House on Haunted Hill Director: Sean OlsonWriter: Jeff WildStars: Chad Michael Murray, Sydne Mikelle, Tanner Buchanan  Synopsis: Five teens are invited to the home of an eccentric billionaire to compete in a game to win his mansion. The night takes a dark turn when they become trapped in the house and… Read more

  • Schemers – ★★★★✩ | Film Review

    January 18, 2021 by

    Taking the “If you book it, they will come” premise to a whole new world…. Dundee-style Schemers will be available on DVD & Digital Download 25th January. Pre-order your digital copy here & DVD here Synopsis: Based on events surrounding heavy metal band, Iron Maiden’s concert in Dundee, Scotland 1979/1980; SCHEMERS deals with the youth culture of the day and… Read more

  • Killer Therapy – ★★✩✩✩ | Film Review

    January 13, 2021 by

    Therapy… It’ll make you or break you… In this case, neither.. Killer Therapy is available on Sky & can be bought on Amazon here Director Barry Jay’s second feature tells the story of Brian, a young boy with issues. When his family adopt a younger sister, things start to go wrong. Normally in these stories it’s… Read more

  • Casablanca – ★★★★★ | Film Review

    January 8, 2021 by

    Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world… What a film! Casablanca is, without a doubt one of the classics. Set during World War 2 and released during that time too, a story of hope and love and conflict. Hearing so many of the quotes I have heard over the… Read more

  • The Exception – ★✩✩✩✩ | Film Review

    January 5, 2021 by

    A “psychological thriller” which is neither psychological or thrilling. When a group of women who all work at a centre for intelligence on genocide start to receive threatening letters, the believe its the work or a war criminal until they start to turn on each other, suspecting their work colleagues as the culprit. And that’s… Read more

  • Away – ★★★✩✩ | Film Review

    January 4, 2021 by

    Beautifully simplistic viewing, but lacking any real direction, Away is crafted really well and drawn in such a gorgeous way that you can forgive its shortcomings. Latvian Director/Writer/Animator Gints Zilbalodis brings us Away, a 75 minute no-dialogue artists impression of a journey from point A to point B with no real diversions away in that… Read more

  • Mulan – ★★★★✩ | Film Review

    January 3, 2021 by

    Girl wants family honour. Girl dresses as man and gets the respect that men do. Life lesson there… Girls, just be more like men! 😏 Having only recently watched the original cartoon version of Mulan and not being as endeared to it as much as some others are, going into the live Action remake felt… Read more

  • Noelle – ★★★✩✩ | Film Review

    December 1, 2020 by

    Santa Claus ISN’T coming to town! Synopsis:Santa’s daughter must take over the family business when her father retires and her brother, who is supposed to inherit the Santa role, gets cold feet. Director:Marc Lawrence Writer:Marc Lawrence Stars:Anna Kendrick, Shirley MacLaine, Bill Hader  DaveOnFilm says:Everyone loves a good “fish out of water” story right? Going all the way… Read more

  • Safe Spaces – ★★★✩✩ | Film Review

    November 30, 2020 by

    Synopsis:“Safe Spaces” is a comedy about a New York City professor (Justin Long) who spends a week re-connecting with his family while defending his reputation over controversial behaviour at his college. Safe Spaces will be available on Digital Download from 7th December 2020 Director:Daniel Schechter Writer:Daniel Schechter Stars:Justin Long, Kate Berlant, Lynn Cohen  DaveOnFilm says:A good drama… Read more

  • Silent Night – ★★✩✩✩ | Film Review

    November 30, 2020 by

    Synopsis: Recently released from prison, Mark (Bradley Taylor) attempts to reconnect with his daughter and hopes to give her a Christmas to remember. Struggling to find work, he meets Alan (Cary Crankson), his former cell-mate, who encourages him to return to a life of crime. A decision made easier when Caddy (Frank Harper), a ruthless… Read more

  • Lost At Christmas – ★★✩✩✩ | Film Review

    November 23, 2020 by

    In UK Cinemas from 4th December and on Digital Download from 7th December Synopsis:Two strangers stranded in the Scottish Highlands on Christmas Eve team up to try and get home in time for Christmas. Based on the acclaimed short film Perfect Strangers (2015) Director:Ryan Hendrick Writers:Ryan Hendrick, Clare Sheppard Stars:Natalie Clark, Kenny Boyle, Sylvester McCoy DaveOnFilm says:Hmmmmmmmm….probably the… Read more

  • Game Of Death – ★★✩✩✩ | Film Review

    November 16, 2020 by

    Game of Death will be available on Digital Download from 26th November and can be bought here Synopsis:Kill or be killed is the golden rule of the Game of Death, which sucks for seven decent-looking millennials who decide to play one sunny day. They quickly and gruesomely realise that if they don’t murder people, their heads will literally explode. Hence,… Read more

  • Endless – ★✩✩✩✩ | Film Review

    November 11, 2020 by

    Endless is coming to digital platforms on 23rd November Synopsis:When madly in love high school graduates Riley and Chris are separated by a tragic car accident, Riley blames herself for her boyfriend’s death while Chris is stranded in limbo. Miraculously, the two find a way to connect. Director:Scott Speer Writer:Andre Case (screenplay and story by), Oneil… Read more

  • Ringmaster – ★★★★✩ | Film Review

    November 10, 2020 by

    The Ringmaster will be available on DVD & Digital Download from 30th November & In UK Cinemas from 2nd December Synopsis: Two young women working the night shift at a secluded gas station unwittingly become the stars of a terrifying show streamed live on the dark web. Held captive by a sadistic ringmaster and his cohorts, their survival instincts are stretched… Read more

  • Ropes – ★★★★✩ | Film Review

    November 6, 2020 by

    Chilling Spanish Horror coming to Digital Download 19th November Synopsis:With her sister’s death still very recent, Elena, a young quadriplegic, has retired to a country house along with her father. There she has the help of Author, a Belgian Shepherd service dog. But the animal who is supposed to be her best friend has contracted… Read more

  • A Christmas Carol – ★★★★★ | Film Review

    November 5, 2020 by

    In Cinemas and theatres from 4th December 2020 Synopsis:A radical animated retelling of the holiday classic that starts with a Victorian performance of the Charles Dickens tale before diving into the imagination of one of the children in the audience, taking the story to a darker fantasy realm. Director: Jacqui MorrisWriters: Charles Dickens (novel), David… Read more

  • Finding Steve McQueen – ★★★★✩ | Film Review

    November 5, 2020 by

    Synopsis:Based on the true story, in 1972 a gang of thieves plan to steal $30 million in illegal campaign contributions from the President’s secret fund. Director:Mark Steven Johnson Writers:Ken Hixon, Keith Sharon Stars:Travis Fimmel, Lily Rabe, Rachael Taylor DaveOnFilm says:I have always been a fan of a good, fun heist film. Finding Steve McQueen is certainly no exception… Read more

  • Voodoo Apocalypse – ★★✩✩✩ | Film Review

    November 4, 2020 by

    Synopsis: After disappearing for five years, detective Charlie Vargas returns to Los Angeles to avenge the death of his former partner. Along with White Chocolate, a young detective with a chip on his shoulder, the two enter a world of Black Magic, Zombies and Mexican Wrestling, in search of the infamous drug trafficker and murderer,… Read more

  • Citizen Kane – ★★✩✩✩ | Film Review

    November 4, 2020 by

    One of the best films ever made? Hardly. So I have to admit, this is the first time I have ever watched Citizen Kane. 39 years old and a film which came out in 1941 and has been hailed as one of the finest pieces of cinema ever released. Unfortunately…I had also heard many many… Read more

  • Every Time I Die – ★★★★✩ | Film Review

    October 28, 2020 by

    What if you could avenge your own death? Synopsis: After Sam (Drew Fonteiro “The Last Ship”) is murdered, his consciousness travels through the body of his best friend, Jay (Marc Menchaca “Ozark”), to protect him from his killer. Every Time I Die is a really interesting concept of a movie. When Sam is struggling with… Read more

  • Lion – ★★★★✩ | Film Review

    October 26, 2020 by

    “Never Give Up, no Never give up, no!” The true story of Saroo (Sunny Pawar in his debut), a young boy in India who is separated from his brother and his mother and ends up on a train, travelling days away from his original location, a place he only knows as “Ganestalay”. Unfortunately when he… Read more

  • The Witches – ★★★✩✩ | Film Review

    October 26, 2020 by

    Remaking it better or worse……..or even worse, almost the same? Roald Dahl’s The Witches is back. Adapted from the 1983 novel of the same name and a remake of the 1990’s version starring Anjelica Huston as the High Witch, Robert Zemeckis brings us his vision of a story….without actually changing that much. The action shifts… Read more

  • Hocus Pocus – ★★★★★ | Film Review

    October 26, 2020 by

    How have I never seen this? I don’t need to explain much of the plot of this one as it seems that by posting that I was watching this for the first time on Facebook, I triggered every single person I know into saying “How have you not seen this?”…..and I genuinely don’t know. I… Read more

  • The One And Only Ivan – ★★★✩✩ | Film Review

    October 25, 2020 by

    Lets sit down and watch a nice Disney movie……wrong! Disney+ brings you an absolute gut-wrencher of a movie which I wasn’t quite prepared for. Sitting down with my daughter who is almost 6, The One And Only Ivan looked to be the perfect family-friendly movie. Talking animals and a circus…what could possibly go wrong? Well….I… Read more

  • Rebecca – ★★★★✩ | Film Review

    October 24, 2020 by

    Remake of a Hitchcock classic based on the 1938 Daphne du Maurier book of the same name. When a young aide (Lily James) to an elderly rich woman meets the widowed Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer) and embarks upon a whirlwind romance, things start to turn a little sour when they marry and he takes… Read more

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – ★★★★✩ | Film Review

    October 24, 2020 by

    or to give it it’s full title: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Back in 2006, Sacha Baron Cohen took the world by storm when he took his character out on the road around America and caused absolute carnage. A character Cohen had… Read more

  • Hubie Halloween – ★✩✩✩✩ | Film Review

    October 23, 2020 by

    Sandler is back to being Sandler! On the back of Uncut Gems, Adam Sandler felt snubbed when it came to awards season and in retaliation, he said he would make the worst film he could think of. As shouty as Uncut Gems is, it was gritty and well acted and was the first time that… Read more

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 – ★★★★★| Film Review

    October 18, 2020 by

    Aaron Sorkin absolutely nails it again! This may be one of the best Courtroom Dramas I have ever seen! Netflix this week released it’s new film “The Trial of the Chicago 7”, a film surrounding the 7 people on trial for events surrounding protests at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. Protests that were meant… Read more

  • London Film Festival – Mangrove – ★★★★★

    October 7, 2020 by

    Part 1 of Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” series… No subject is at the forefront of people’s minds in the current climate as the one surrounding race relations, and Mangrove a Part 1 of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series, a miniseries of five films to be aired on BBC One and Amazon Prime from the end… Read more

  • Bill and Ted Face The Music – ★★✩✩✩ | Film Review

    September 18, 2020 by

    Excellent adventure or Bogus Journey? I was always going to approach Bill and Ted 3 with trepidation. Stories had always been that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter had wanted the right script to bring them back into the Phone Booth for one last time, and nothing had ever quite fallen right for them. Then it… Read more

  • The Peanut Butter Falcon – ★★★★★| Film Review

    September 13, 2020 by

    Their paths cross and their journey begins. When Zak (Zack Gottsagen in his first ever role) a young man with Down Syndrome dreams of becoming a professional wrestler, he will do anything to escape the care home he is trapped in to make his dream come true. At the same time as Tyler (Shia LaBeouf),… Read more

  • 007 Marathon – Casino Royale – ★★★★★

    September 2, 2020 by

    Step up, Daniel Craig! Back in 1967, Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, the first novel in the James Bond series, received a film adaptation as a comedy with Peter Sellers and David Niven. Fast forward to 2006, and James Bond is reinvented with Daniel Craig in the main role for his first of 5 films as… Read more

  • 007 Marathon – Die Another Day– ★✩✩✩✩

    September 2, 2020 by

    Pierce goes out weakly The best part about Die Another Day is the fact that Madonna clearly had it in her contract when singing the song that she got to appear in the film itself. But she doesn’t turn up as on of Bond’s lovers…no, she inexplicably turns up as a fencing instructor which leads… Read more

  • 007 Marathon – The World Is Not Enough – ★★★★★

    September 2, 2020 by

    End of the 90’s action-fest Boat chases up the Thames culminating in sliding down the Millennium Dome, a kidnapped M, pipelines threatened to be blown up by a man with a bullet lodged in his head which means he feels no pain, a man with golden teeth….this whole film feels like classic Roger Moore Bond… Read more

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