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Anton van Beek  |  Mar 04, 2015  |  0 comments

Ever heard the old wive's tale about humans only using 10 per cent of their brain power? Well, that's the concept at the heart of filmmaker Luc Besson's new film, which finds Scarlett Johansson playing the titular drug mule infected by an experimental narcotic that boosts her brain to the point where she exhibits superhuman mental abilities.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 24, 2015  |  0 comments

Between 1959 and 1964, B-movie purveyor Roger Corman directed a cycle of eight critically-acclaimed films based on the work of Edgar Allan Poe. Seven of these starred Vincent Price, six of which are collected in this limited edition Blu-ray boxset – sadly, Arrow was unable to licence The Masque of the Red Death from StudioCanal.

Mark Craven  |  Feb 20, 2015  |  0 comments

The popular trope 'war is hell' hangs heavily over Fury, a big-budget WWII movie starring Brad Pitt as a tank commander battling the last remnants of the German army during the Spring of 1945. For much of its running time this is a grim, uncomfortable watch, a brooding character study punctuated by shocking moments of violence. Indeed, when the final act arrives, with its more straightforward focus on a David vs Goliath-style siege, you may find yourself breathing a sigh of relief.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 18, 2015  |  0 comments

Last year saw the BBC's popular Saturday evening sci-fi series undergo another period of transition, introducing a new actor in the lead role. Unsurprisingly, Peter Capaldi's spiky portrayal of The Doctor upset some fans, but it was clearly a calculated move on the part of showrunner Steven Moffat, shaking up the status quo to keep the series feeling fresh and unpredictable.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 16, 2015  |  0 comments

Mr. Peabody isn't like other dogs. Not only is he super-intelligent, but he also won the right to adopt a boy of his own. Oh, and he also invented the WABAC, a time machine that he uses to teach his young prodigy all about history.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 14, 2015  |  0 comments

HBO's blockbuster adaptation of George R.R. Martin's series of fantasy novels continues to go from strength-to-strength. Following the shocking events of last season's 'Red Wedding', the political landscape has shifted, with new players entering the arena and old ones facing a multitude of new threats. Of course, discussing anything that happens risks spoiling the myriad twists and shocks that these ten episodes have in store for those not already watching on Sky Atlantic. So all we'll say is that Game of Thrones remains one of the best TV dramas being made today. Watch it!

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 12, 2015  |  0 comments

With its rather carefree approach to sex and violence, this Showtime series became a guilty pleasure among Team HCC when it first surfaced back in 2013.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 10, 2015  |  0 comments

Against all the odds, 2011's Rise of the Planet of Apes turned out to be an unexpectedly smart and assured reboot for the iconic sci-fi franchise. And as good as that film was, director Matt (Cloverfield) Reeve's sequel trumps it in every regard.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 08, 2015  |  0 comments

Stanley Kubrick only made 13 feature films over the course of 46 years, but they remain 13 of the most influential and enjoyable flicks in the history of American cinema.

Anton van Beek & Richard Stevenson  |  Feb 06, 2015  |  0 comments

It's business-as-usual in this third instalment in Sylvester Stallone's cinematic retirement home for elderly action stars. This time around the plot involves the search for a former-Expendable-turned-arms dealer (Mel Gibson), a situation that is apparently so serious that it necessitates not only the recruiting of even more old action stars (Wesley Snipes! Antonio Banderas! Harrison Ford! Er… Kelsey Grammer!), but an injection of fresh blood (Kellan Lutz! Glen Powell! Ronda Rousey! Victor Ortiz!).

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 04, 2015  |  0 comments

Having achieved domination of the world's cinemas, it was inevitable that Marvel Studios would also take aim at our televisions. Spinning off from the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. follows the exploits of a special team of secret agents tasked with travelling the world and investigating reports of super-powered individuals.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 02, 2015  |  0 comments

You're Next writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard serve up another slice of home invasion horror with this superb genre mash-up.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 31, 2015  |  0 comments

It may be 75 years since it first played on the big screen, but this lavish musical based on L. Frank Baum's children's book remains charming and utterly unmissable. And now Warner Bros. has only gone and given it a brand new 8K restoration and a 3D ret-con. So, let’s head off along the yellow brick road and see how this new release holds up…

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 29, 2015  |  0 comments

Released in 1974, Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a one-of-a-kind flick; a lightning-in-a-bottle moment of movie madness that none of its creators have ever come close to recapturing.

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.