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Battlestar galactica season 2 Review and Opinion

2017/09/06

Battlestar Galactica (2005-6)
Developed by Ronald D. Moore

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Spoiler Alert!The best things in life never last. Whether it's that restaurant that serves a chocolate terrine so tasty it's as if a chocolaty Jesus came on your face, or that redhead at work that's been giving

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Bunker Review and Opinion

2017/09/04

The Bunker: The Evil Is Within (2001)
Director: Rob Green

review by Steve Anderson

From the pretty good millennial summer for direct-to-video war movies with horrific elements, the trend continued with The Bunker, released by Redrum Entertainment and Millennium Pictures. Interestingly, The Bunker is another solidly styled war movie, with

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Call of cthulhu Review and Opinion

2017/08/31

Call Of Cthulhu (2005)
Director: Andrew Leman

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Lovecraft's had something of an uneven history when it comes to movie adaptations of his work. Despite being credited as a writer on almost 60 films, with the exceptions of 2001's cruelly overlooked Dagon, and 1985's

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Can of paint Review and Opinion

2017/08/29

A Can Of Paint (2004)
Director: Robi Michael

review by Christopher Geary

This great little 24-minute film is based on A.E. van Vogt's short story, first published in the September 1944 issue of John W. Campbell's Astounding Science Fiction magazine. It concerns the misadventures of interstellar junk scavenger Kilgour (Aaron Robson) when he incautiously

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Capote Review and Opinion

2017/08/27

Capote (2005)
Director: Bennett Miller

review by Roger Keen

Capote is destined to be remembered for the dazzling central performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman as the eponymous writer, who will most probably take this year's best actor Oscar. It is indeed the kind of role where all the work, the technicalities are upfront and visible, and the transformation

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Capricorn one Review and Opinion

2017/08/25

Capricorn One (1978)
Director: Pater Hyams

review by Andrew Darlington

People love conspiracy theories. They love the secret, suppressed knowledge that only they are in on. It provides a reassuring sense of control, of smug superiority over those not privy to the 'truth'. 9/11. The real motivations behind the Iraq invasion, Al-Fayed and Diana, the long

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Card player Review and Opinion

2017/08/23

The Card Player (2004)
Director: Dario Argento

review by Paul Higson

Age showed no signs of a slowdown for Argento in his last few offerings. He still displayed that propensity to surprise and shock us in the tortured and curiously personal The Stendahl Syndrome and particularly so in the wildly entertaining

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Carnivale Review and Opinion

2017/08/21

Carnivàle: Series One (2003)
Developed by Daniel Knauf

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Carnivàle is set in 1930s' dust bowl America and focuses loosely on two characters, Ben a farmhand and former convict, and Brother Justin a priest. Both have strange powers and both need to come to terms with them because one of them represents the light and the

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Casino royale 2006 Review and Opinion

2017/08/20

Casino Royale (2006)
Director: Martin Campbell

review by Joshua Rainbird

Casino Royale is Daniel Craig's first outing as 007 and, whilst it retains Dame Judi Dench as the formidable M, it should be considered as a back-to-basics reboot of the whole series. Many of the trademark features are here: stylish locations, beautiful women, ugly villains

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Casshern Review and Opinion

2017/08/19

Casshern (2004)
Director: Kazuaki Kiriya

review by Patrick Hudson

Casshern is a live action film based on a Japanese anime series from the 1970s, Casshern: Robot Hunter. Using digital effects and a highly stylised approach, director Kazuaki Kiriya endeavours to capture the hyper-kinetic

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Catwoman Review and Opinion

2017/08/18

Catwoman (2004)
Director: Pitov

review by Jeff Young

Can Halle Berry really act? Hey, don't laugh or shrug now, it's an extremely serious question when the success of a whole film depends on her central performance. Berry was feeble as weather-witch Storm in two X-Men films, and she nearly sunk

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Cave Review and Opinion

2017/08/17

The Cave (2005)
Director: Bruce Hunt

review by Tony LeeSpoiler Alert!This is a fairly standard SF-horror. Its script by Michael Steinberg and Tegan West was inspired by real world discoveries in the Movile Cave, near the Black Sea in Romania. Explored in the 1990s, this cave is home to over 30 new species

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Cello Review and Opinion

2017/08/16

Cello (2004)
Director: Woo-cheol Lee

review by Andrew Hook

There seems to be a lot of Asian DVDs on the market at the moment, and we all know the reason why. Their breadth of imagination and appeal can only be good news for some audiences who have watched little else than Hollywood movies, and even if it's only the remakes that create that appeal then

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Cellular Review and Opinion

2017/08/15

Cellular (2004)
Director: David R. Ellis

review by Noell Wolfgram Evans

In the 1930s and 1940s there were 'A' movies and 'B' movies. A-movies were of course top-notch productions with the stars of the moment while the B-movies were the extra treat - add on films with fading stars or gimmicky stories somewhat loosely told. Cellular, directed by

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Challenge, 2005 Review and Opinion

2017/08/13

The Challenge (2005)
Writer and director: Johannes Jaeger

review by Christopher Geary

Apparently derived from a short film, Kampfansage 2 (2002), The Challenge (aka: Kampfansage - Der letzte Schüler), translating as 'Challenge: The Last Apprentice' is reportedly

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Charlie and the chocolate factory Review and Opinion

2017/08/12

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005)
Director: Tim Burton

review by Debbie Moon

Charlie Bucket is an ordinary lad living a blissfully happy life with his impoverished parents and batty grandparents. Inspired by his grandfather's tales of working in the magical chocolate factory run by Willy Wonka, Charlie wants to be one of the five children who

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Children of men Review and Opinion

2017/08/11

Children Of Men (2006)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón

review by Gary McMahon

It is the year 2027 and society is breaking down. There are food shortages, terrorist attacks are commonplace, and the city streets are filled with immigrants who are herded up and caged like animals. Mass infertility has halted childbirth across the globe, the last baby was born

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Chocky collection Review and Opinion

2017/08/10

Chocky: The Complete Collection (1984-6)
Creator: Anthony Read

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Do you remember Spangles? You might think you do. But you don't. I have in my hands a memo proving that spangles were in fact created in 1995 by an advertising agency. It formed the basis for a revolutionary form of viral marketing whereby celebrities would be

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Clay girl Review and Opinion

2017/08/07

The Clay Girl (2004)
Writer and director: Marjorie Boyle Crooks

review by Paul Higson

There are problems galore in Marjorie Boyle Crooks' The Clay Girl and viewing the film a second time round improves it not one jot. Now that we are in the digital age there is no excuse for not learning your craft on the cheap but one has to resist the temptation

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Clockstoppers Review and Opinion

2017/08/06

Clockstoppers (2002)
Director: Jonathan Frakes

review by Alasdair Stuart

A teenager accidentally gets his hands on a device that can stop time, and becomes embroiled in a conspiracy to gain control of it. This teen science fiction movie is lightweight fare but fun nonetheless.

The central mcguffin is a device that doesn't so much stop time as

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Code 46 Review and Opinion

2017/08/04

Code 46 (2004)
Director: Michael Winterbottom

review by Debbie Moon

In a future where the insurance risk you present controls your destiny, and those who present the worst risks are banished to Third World hinterlands, papers that prove you're covered are the most valuable thing on Earth. William (Tim Robbins) is a semi-psychic investigator sent to investigate

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Cold equations Review and Opinion

2017/08/02

The Cold Equations (2003)
Director: Peter Geiger

review by Steven Hampton

Lieutenant John Barton is an ambitious military space pilot who takes on the assignment of an emergency flight in the hope of winning a promotion. He's given a 'disposable' interstellar shuttlecraft with only just enough fuel to reach the destination where a mining colony awaits

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Cold equations Review and Opinion

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Cold prey resurrection Review and Opinion

2017/08/01

Cold Prey: Resurrection (2008)
Director: Mats Stenberg

review by Paul Higson

The 2006 Norwegian horror film Cold Prey (aka: Fritt vilt) did well internationally though largely by settling for a DVD shelf life. Scandanavian horror films are still a rarity despite the opportunely chilly geography one would assume beneficial as a backdrop

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Colour of magic Review and Opinion

2017/07/31

The Colour Of Magic (2008)
Director: Vadim Jean

review by Jonathan McCalmont

At Christmas 2007, Sky TV decided to interrupt their important 24/7 coverage of The Simpsons' re-runs in order to screen some drama that was not only original but also commissioned by Sky. To those of you that have not experienced the horror that is Sky, this is as improbable

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Tim burton's corpse bride Review and Opinion

2017/07/29

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)
Director: Tim Burton

review by Jonathan McCalmont

I didn't really want to see this film. I was having dinner in a Chinese restaurant and in walk a sizeable contingent of my friends. "We're going to the cinema," they say "care to join us?" Obviously I said yes because, frankly I had nothing better to do and even a bad

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