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Mark Craven  |  Aug 02, 2015  |  0 comments

This sci-fi/thriller and directorial debut from Alex Garland (who previously penned the scripts for 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd), focuses on slowly-built tension rather than wall-to-wall action, but is all the better for it. Imbued with a pervasive sense of things-not-being-quite-what-they-seem, Ex_Machina compels you to focus your attention until it reaches its unnerving conclusion.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 29, 2009  |  0 comments

With the remake currently stinking up multiplexes on both sides of the Atlantic, it's no surprise that Warner Home Video has seen fit to bring the original Fame to Blu-ray this week.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 28, 2015  |  0 comments

Considering that Joel and Ethan Coen's quirky crime caper Fargo remains one of the best-loved movies of the 1990s, it's understandable that many were wary of this belated televisual take on the material.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 01, 2011  |  0 comments

It’s now ten years since Rob Cohen’s unassuming street racing flick turned Vin Diesel into a true action star and kick-started a new franchise for petrolheads all over the world.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 24, 2013  |  0 comments

Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (the late Paul Walker) and the rest of the Fast & Furious gang are brought back out of 'retirement' when Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) asks for their assistance in taking down a criminal mastermind with his own team of ace drivers. The kicker? One of those drivers appears to be Dom's believed-dead former lover Letty (Michelle Rodriguez).

Mark Craven  |  Aug 25, 2015  |  0 comments

Universal Studios doesn't have a superhero franchise to rival Marvel's Avengers, Warner's Batman or Fox's X-Men. But it doesn't need one, does it? The characters in the long-running Fast & Furious series are now so superheroic they will soon need to start donning capes.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 04, 2013  |  0 comments

Pretentious and muddled, Fear and Desire would surely have faded into history if it wasn't the little-seen 1953 directorial debut from Stanley Kubrick. Judged on those terms this hour-long war drama is a fascinating curiosity that teases viewers with glimpses of the greatness he would eventually achieve. This Blu-ray serves up an impressive AVC 1.37:1 1080p restoration, alongside three of the filmmakers' other short films and an informative interview with Kubrick scholar Bill Krohn.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 16, 2016  |  0 comments

With each season of zombie series The Walking Dead opening to monster ratings for cable channel AMC, it's no surprise that the broadcaster fancied another bite of the decaying cherry. Which is why we now have Fear the Walking Dead, a six-episode prequel series that dials back the clock to show the onset of the zombie apocalypse through the prism of a dysfunctional Los Angeles family.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 12, 2016  |  0 comments

Welcome to the world of 'Pinky Violence'. The result of mixing together two different aspects of Japanese exploitation cinema –  the brutality of Yakuza crime films and the sensuality of so-called 'Pink' erotic flicks – the 'Pinky Violence' genre blossomed in the 1970s as Japanese studios attempted to woo local audiences into cinemas with something that their TV couldn't give them. Standing tallest of all in this genre was the deadly female convict known by friends and enemies alike as Scorpion.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 27, 2017  |  0 comments

Given that Fifty Shades of Grey ended with Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) dumping billionaire playboy Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) due to his fondness for inflicting pain in the bedroom, you might expect this sequel to be all about getting the pair back together. As it happens, Fifty Shades Darker wastes little time reuniting the couple, setting the scene for yet another romantic melodrama punctuated by a series of rose-tinted romps.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 06, 2015  |  0 comments

This saucy blockbuster tells the tale of sexually naive college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), who begins a relationship with hunky businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), only to learn that he is even more dominant in the bedroom (or, more accurately, his 'red room of pain') than he is in the corporate boardroom.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 12, 2012  |  0 comments

The fifth outing in this popular horror series gets the franchise back on track after the disappointing fourth flick. The setup is still the same as ever, but the ensuing scenes of stereoscopic slaughter are more mischievous and distressing than ever (Eye surgery! Acupuncture!). It also finds time to add a new wrinkle to the series’ mythology. Great fun.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 21, 2013  |  0 comments

Pixar's fifth film earned a place in the hearts of kids and adults everywhere with its tale of a clownfish searching for his missing son. Smart, funny and gorgeous to look at, it may not be the studio's best production, but it remains a masterpiece of storytelling, characterisation and design that more than deserves every award it ever won.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 04, 2018  |  0 comments

He may not be a household name in the same way as John Ford or Howard Hawks, but director Budd Boetticher holds a place in the hearts of cowboy picture fans for the seven 'Ranown Cycle' films (named after star Randolph Scott and producer Harry Joe Brown) he made between 1956 and 1960.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 18, 2013  |  0 comments

Another powerhouse performance by Denzel Washington elevates this predictable drama about an alcoholic air pilot who saves a plane from crashing by pulling off the kind of crazy manoeuvre that only a drunk could think up. While the  AVC 2.40:1 1080p visuals are sensational, the disc's DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix is curiously understated – especially during the crash sequence. It may be that the filmmakers wanted to go for realism in the scene, but it's hard not to hope for something a little more powerful. Three featurettes and a Q&A with the cast (minus an ill Denzel Washington) and crew are the only extras.