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Super mario bros Review and Opinion

2016/07/27

Super Mario Bros (1993)
Directors: Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton

review by Trudi Topham

A score of eight out of ten... Have I gone crazy? This is Super Mario Bros, one of the most reviled films of the 1990! Come on, though. Admit it. It's actually a lot of fun. Oh sure you wanna say no, you want to pretend you never even saw it, but secretly

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Surface Review and Opinion

2016/07/26

Surface: The Complete Series (2005)
Creators: Jonas Pate and Josh Pate

review by Alasdair Stuart

One of the several Lost clones that never survived beyond its first year (Threshold and Invasion being the others), Surface is a fascinating idea ultimately hobbled

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Star wars: the phantom menace Review and Opinion

2016/07/22

Star Wars - episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Director: George Lucas

review by Tony Lee

Star Wars has always been about bigtime spectacle. But the first blockbusters also had a measure of heart, imagination and simple charm, and delighted audiences young and old with their clever mix of traditional space opera and postmodern references. This

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Star wars: revenge of the sith Review and Opinion

2016/07/21

Star Wars - episode III: Revenge Of The Sith (2005)
Director: George Lucas

review by Jonathan McCalmont

That was that then. After 28 years, six films and enough merchandising cash for Lucas to start up his own space programme, the Star Wars series is finished. Most reviews of Episode 3: Revenge Of The Sith seem to take one of two routes

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Taking lives Review and Opinion

2016/07/17

Taking Lives (2004)
Director: D.J. Caruso

review by Robin Landry

Illeana Scott (Angelina Jolie, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) has problems. She's an FBI profiler called to Montreal to solve the case of a serial killer. Illeana's first problem is that she's become a profiler to catch bad guys because

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Team america: world police Review and Opinion

2016/07/15

Team America: World Police (2004)
Director: Trey Parker

review by Shiraz Rahim

With the American presidential elections in the near future, Team America: World Police has been steadily gaining momentum as a film of conservative propaganda aimed as a response to the popular, liberal works of Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11 being the most

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Bridge to terabithia Review and Opinion

2016/07/14

Bridge To Terabithia (2006)
Director: Gabor Csupo

review by Barbara Davies

Life is hard for country boy Jess Aarons (Josh Hutcherson). At school he's the target of bullies, and his home life isn't a walk in the park. Jess' parents are stressed out just trying to put food on the table, and with four sisters he often feels left out. Drawing is his one

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They Review and Opinion

2016/07/10

They (2002)
Directors: Rick Bota, Robert Harmon

review by Steve Anderson

It's another in a long string of more-of-the-same. There's been a real push on lately for 'monster/ demons that hate/ fear are physically wounded by the light' movies. They, Darkness Falls,

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Thunderbirds Review and Opinion

2016/07/08

Thunderbirds (2004)
Director: Jonathan Frakes

review by John Percival

With his four elder sons, ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy (Bill Paxton) forms the team of International Rescue. Armed with five incredible machines IR is a secret organisation dedicated to saving lives and the world. However, they have their enemies, especially The Hood (Ben Kingsley) who

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Tideland Review and Opinion

2016/07/07

Tideland (2006)
Director: Terry Gilliam

review by Paul Higson

Picture this! The Texas chainsaw parents are off down the local and need a family film to keep the hyperactive, hard to please young Leatherface quiet for the night for yet another new babysitter. Terry Gilliam's Tideland is that DVD rental.

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Tiresia Review and Opinion

2016/07/05

Tiresia (2003)
Director: Bertrand Bonello

review by Paul Higson

Drawing on a tale from Greek mythology, Tiresia is reinterpreted as an illegal Brazilian immigrant in Paris fending for herself as a transsexual prostitute. A poet named Terranova becomes transfixed with her on one of his visits to what he calls his 'rose garden', a country lane teeming

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Toolbox murders 2003 Review and Opinion

2016/07/04

The Toolbox Murders (2003)
Director: Tobe Hooper

review by Tony Lee

Tobe Hooper has received a great deal of bad press for decades. Unashamedly, I'm a big fan of all his works and have long thought much of the critical scorn was unfair. Ever since the mid-1980s, it's been the norm that a majority of professional reviewers and so-called horror fans have

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Torchwood Review and Opinion

2016/07/03

Torchwood: season one (2006)
Creator: Russell T. Davies

review by Duncan LawieSpoiler Alert!I knew that we couldn't believe the hype, but still I hoped. It was going to be The X-Files crossed with This Life, they said. I guess they meant spooks and sex and swearing. We certainly got that, but

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Toybox Review and Opinion

2016/06/29

The Toybox (2005)
Director: Paolo Sedazzari

review by Paul Higson

If the only true crime a film can commit is to be boring then surely the solution is to keep it busy. This appears to be commonly understood. Therein lies the answer to a Brit horror aficionado's problems, the reason we are no longer receiving horrors in the classic mode of old, films

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Trauma Review and Opinion

2016/06/28

Trauma (2004)
Director: Marc Evans

review by Paul Higson

Produced by Little Bird Productions along with BBC Films, Warner and The Ministry of Fear, Trauma, Marc Evans follow-up to My Little Eye, could not be more of a disappointment, though in truth why should my expectations have been

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Triangle, 2005 Review and Opinion

2016/06/27

The Triangle (2005)
Director: Craig R. Baxley

review by J.C. Hartley

The recent resurgence in American science fiction series such as Invasion and Surface, and arguably Lost, begs the question what strange paranoia is behind it all, the aquatic background to all three

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Turn of the screw Review and Opinion

2016/06/24

The Turn Of The Screw (1999)
Director: Ben Bolt

review by Paul Higson

Christmas 1989, the Independent Television Network screened Herbert Wise's The Woman In Black. Those who caught it entered the 1990s with that ghost story haunting them, others to catch it on its one-off video release through Futuristic a year later, word of mouth building upon

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Ultimate avengers the movie Review and Opinion

2016/06/23

Ultimate Avengers: The Movie (2006)
Directors: Curt Geda and Steven E. Gordon

review by Ian R. Faulkner

The plot of Ultimate Avengers: The Movie concerns the coming together of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Giant Man and the Wasp, and tells of how they, with a little help from the Hulk, save the world from an invasion of evil aliens

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Ukm: ultimate killing machine Review and Opinion

2016/06/21

UKM: Ultimate Killing Machine (2006)
Director: David Mitchell

review by Alasdair Stuart

At a secret research facility, a US Army project headed by Doctor Stroheim (John Evans) and Major Blevins (Michael Madsen) has perfected a means of making super soldiers. But when the process goes wrong and veteran, Sergeant Dodds is driven mad, the project hits

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Unborn Review and Opinion

2016/06/18

The Unborn (2008)
Director: David S. Goyer

review by Gary McMahon

There seem to have been a slew of horror films released lately from Hollywood, most of which involve themes and images that were done so much better in Japanese cinema a few years ago. The Unborn continues this trend, and while not a remake it certainly feels all too familiar...

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Vacancy Review and Opinion

2016/06/14

Vacancy (2007)
Director: Nimrod Antal

review by Paul Higson

Nimrod Antal's Vacancy initially, seemed, not to have much going for it, easily presumed the latest in the ugly trend for torture flicks that the teen sadists have a bloodlust for. What, with the Hollywood penchant for remaking Asian hits it can only be a matter of time before we get

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Vampire wars Review and Opinion

2016/06/11

Vampire Wars (2005)
Writer and director: Matthew Hastings

review by Jeff Young

Despite its absurdly overblown title, Matthew Hastings' sci-fi horror flick Vampire Wars: Battle For the Universe (aka: Bloodsuckers) is basically a likeable B-movie cross between the space opera of Battle Beyond The Stars (1980), and the gory hunting-

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Vampyr: the dream of allan grey Review and Opinion

2016/06/10

Vampyr: The Dream Of Allan Grey (1932)
Director: Carl Th. Dryer

review by Gary McMahon

Carl Dryer's subtle, silent and elusive retelling of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's famous short story Carmilla takes the vampire myth back to its dingy European origins, where the evil is represented by a spiritual rather than a physical assault as it works on a family

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Village Review and Opinion

2016/06/07

The Village (2004)
Director: M. Night Shyamalan

review by Christopher Geary

Lucius (Joaquin Phoenix, Gladiator) volunteers to leave his idyllic home village and journey to the nearest towns, in search of medical supplies to save the lives of locals threatened by - supposedly curable - ills. His request is denied by Edward Walker (William Hurt),

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Visitor q Review and Opinion

2016/06/05

Visitor Q (2001)
Director: Takashi Miike

review by Mike Philbin

Reviewer's disclaimer: there is nothing wrong with any of the themes or imagery in VISITOR Q (Takashi Miike's latest absurdist masterpiece). If you think there is, you're a lame-brained idiot who probably 'listens' to Britney Spears, 'does' Burger King too much and 'needs' to be summarily

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