Movie Reviews

Ian has been reviewing films and TV shows for over 20 years, and has written for a wide range of publications and websites including Empire, Hotdog, FilmFour, SFX, The Big Issue, City Life (Manchester), The North Guide, The Leeds Guide and VODzilla.

Everything is not what it seems in Netflix's surprising, though-provoking sci-fi actioner. On the back of the woeful Cloverfield Paradox and the disappointing How It Ends, Netflix latest sci-fi commission at least has the distinction of being watchable. It’s no ...
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For those in need of scares and splattery gore, Dead Night fits the blood-soaked bill. A favourite of the horror festival circuit this last year, Dead Night is an entry into the much-crowded sub-genre of splatter-gore. Very 80s in tone, ...
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Using restored and colourised footage, this soldiers’ eye view of The Great War is astonishing and moving. Dedicated to his grandfather, who served in the British Army 1910-1919, Peter Jackson’s documentary is both an astounding piece of filmmaking and a ...
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Scary, unsettling, eerie and moving, this haunted house chiller is a slow-burning treat. Indie director Andy Mitton delivers a fresh take on a well-worn genre with this haunted house chiller. Initially, his tautly written screenplay presents us with an emotionally ...
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Director Michael Bay Cast Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Jon Voight, John Turturro “I’m hear to make sure it’s LOUD!” booms Michael Bay, introducing the London press screening of Transformers. Boy, does he get his wish. From the opening ...
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Starring Jennifer Garner, Timothy Olyphant, Sam Jaeger, Kevin Smith, Juliette Lewis Director Susannah Grant Following the sudden death of her fiancé a woman finds herself sharing a house with his three fishing buddies. Together they face up to their loss and ...
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Starring Kevin James, Courteney Cox, Sam Elliott, Danny Glover, Wanda Sykes, Andie MacDowell, David Koechner, Jeffrey Garcia Director Steve Oedekerk On a farm somewhere in the Midwestern United States run, somewhat implausibly, by a vegan, the happy-go-lucky animals are protected from the ...
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Starring Declan Donnelly, Ant McPartlin, Bill Pullman, Harry Dean Stanton, Omid Djalili, Jimmy Carr, Morwenna Banks Director Jonny Campbell. Based (incredibly loosely, one suspects) on the true story of British scallies Santilli and Shoefield, played by, as Bill Nighy appropriately refers to ...
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Director Lukas Moodysson    Cast Jena Malone, Peter Lorentzon, Mariha Aberg More the sort of experimental film you’d expect to find projected in an art gallery, Moodysson’s latest is his strangest yet. A 90 minute monchrome montage, during which time ...
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Director Frank Marshall Cast Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs, Gerard Plunkett This child-oriented film is Paul Walker’s best movie by miles, although he’s still upstaged by a team of huskies. “Inspired by a true story”, it centres ...
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