Review – Get Santa

19 Dec

Poster for 2014 Christmas comedy Get Santa

Genre: Christmas
Certificate: U
UK Release Date: 5th December 2014
Runtime: 102 minutes
Director: Christopher Smith
Writer: Christopher Smith
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall, Kit Connor, Warwick Davis, Jodie Whittaker, Stephen Graham, Matt King, Joanna Scanlan, Nonso Anozie
Synopsis: When Santa Claus is arrested, it’s down to a boy and his ex-con father to bust him out and save Christmas.

 

 

Christmas movies are easy to get wrong. There’s a very fine line between festive flop and Christmas classic, with the next Elf liable to turn into a retread of Jingle All The Way very quickly indeed. The latest attempt at crafting an enduring film for the holiday season is British comedy Get Santa, which is a film of lo-fi appeal and simple pleasures.

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Review – St Vincent

19 Dec

Poster for 2014 dramedy St Vincent

Genre: Comedy
Certificate: 12
UK Release Date: 5th December 2014
Runtime: 102 minutes
Director: Theodore Melfi
Writer: Theodore Melfi
Starring: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Chris O’Dowd, Terrence Howard
Synopsis: A young boy bonds with his grouchy next-door neighbour when the ageing curmudgeon is paid to babysit him after school.

 

 

The release of a new comedy film featuring Bill Murray is generally a cause for celebration. He is a comedy legend and one of the most reliably entertaining screen figures working today. His latest film, St Vincent, places him in a role seemingly tailor-made for him, as the grouchy neighbour to a struggling single mother. Unfortunately, writer-director Theodore Melfi forgot to pack the jokes.

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Blu-ray Review – Nekromantik (1987)

17 Dec

Cover art for the 2014 Arrow Films Blu-ray release of Nekromantik

Genre: Horror
Certificate: 18
UK Release Date: 15th December 2014
Runtime: 75 minutes
Director: Jörg Buttgereit
Writer: Jörg Buttgereit, Franz Rodenkirchen
Starring: Bernd Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice Manowski
Synopsis: A couple indulges in depraved sex when the man brings a corpse home.

 

There’s a tendency for extreme horror movies to become cult classics over time. For German filmmaker Jörg Buttgereit, years of censorship were the key to converting his zero-budget shock flick, Nekromantik, into a movie that still sparks debate almost 30 years after its original release.

After being granted an 18 certificate by the BBFC for the first time, Nekromantik is now available on remastered Blu-ray courtesy of Arrow Films.

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Review – Men, Women and Children

17 Dec

Poster for 2014 drama Men, Women and Children

Genre: Drama
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 5th December 2014
Runtime: 120 minutes
Director: Jason Reitman
Writer: Jason Reitman, Erin Cressida Wilson
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Rosemarie DeWitt, Adam Sandler, Ansel Elgort, Emma Thompson, JK Simmons, Olivia Crocicchia, Kaitlyn Dever 
Synopsis: A tale of technology and how it affects the way people live and interact in the modern era.

 

 

Technology is now an integral part of our lives. It often seems that every aspect of our existence is documented via social media and we conduct our interactions through the prism of a mobile phone screen. At least, that’s the premise of Jason Reitman’s hokey, scaremongering drama Men, Women and Children.

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Review – Black Sea

16 Dec

Poster for 2014 submarine thriller Black Sea

Genre: Thriller
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 5th December 2014
Runtime: 115 minutes
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Writer: Dennis Kelly
Starring: Jude Law, Scott McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Bobby Schofield, Michael Smiley, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Jodie Whittaker
Synopsis: A submarine captain recruits a ragtag crew for a dangerous journey to receive Nazi gold from a sunken U-boat.

 

 

Submarines continue to be a fascinating environment for cinema to explore, from Das Boot to The Hunt for Red October. The latest entry in the genre is British thriller Black Sea, starring Jude Law as the captain of a treacherous voyage to the wreck of a German U-boat in the titular body of water.

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Golden Globes 2015 – 10 big surprises from the film awards nominations

11 Dec

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return to present the Golden Globes 2015

The full nominations for Golden Globes 2015 have been announced. Offbeat comedy Birdman leads the pack with seven nominations, including Best Film – Comedy or Musical and Best Actor – Comedy or Musical for Michael Keaton.

As expected, Boyhood and The Imitation Game also made strong showings, with each film nominated five times by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

However, there were some notable absentees from the list and some surprise inclusions as well. Here are the ten most surprising things we learned from the Golden Globes 2015 nominations.

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Review – The Pyramid

11 Dec

Poster for 2014 horror The Pyramid

Genre: Horror
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 5th December 2014
Runtime: 89 minutes
Director: Grégory Levasseur
Writer: Daniel Meersand, Nick Simon
Starring: Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare, James Buckley, Christa Nicola, Amir K
Synopsis: A pair of archaeologists join a documentary film crew in order to explore a newly discovered pyramid hidden underground in the desert.

 

 

Halloween has been and gone, but horror films are still making their way through cinemas. The latest horror flop to appear in UK multiplexes is Egypt-set found footage movie The Pyramid, which embraces silliness and ridiculous plot developments to great effect.

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