Phil Newton

Former managing editor of Chris And Phil Present, former contributor to FrightFest, Bizarre, Dread Central and Eat My Brains.

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  • Deadpool



    Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) agrees to take part in a radical experiment to cure his cancer, which leaves him with special healing powers and a new wise-cracking alter-ego, Deadpool. Directed by Tim Miller, Deadpool is a slightly different (and refreshing) Marvel character, foul-mouthed and violent, often breaking the 4th wall to talk to the audience. Reynolds' commitment to the role is evident, and despite an over-reliance on CGI and quick-cutting action, crucially the script is funny.

  • Spotlight



    The 'spotlight' team of investigative journalists from the Boston Globe uncover child abuse by Catholic priests and seek to expose the scandal. Directed by Tom McCarthy, Spotlight is a shocking story based on real events. The direction is simple and performances understated, which allows the story to work its magic. Powerful filmmaking.

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  • Machine Gun Preacher

    Machine Gun Preacher

    Based on true events, the film tells the story of biker Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) who found God, set up an orphanage in the Sudan and became a mercenary to protect the children who were being trafficked across the region. True story or not, it’s a difficult film to get into as Sam Childers is such an unlikeable guy, regardless if he’s doing good work or not. His battles with his faith, his family and the LRA in Sudan become…

  • Compliance



    It's another Friday shift at a Chick-Wich fast food joint when duty manager Sandra (Ann Dowd) receives a phone call from a police officer informing her that a customer has reported a theft by one of her staff, Becky (Dreama Walker). What follows will have you slack-jawed with incredulity, wanting to scream "what the f*ck are you doing!" at the screen. Yet, this is a true story and it's fascinating to sit back and watch at just how people will go when they trust a person in authority. Uncomfortable but essential viewing.