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  • The Curse of La Llorona

    The Curse of La Llorona

    ★★

    James Wan produces another in the seemingly never-ending production line of low budget horrors from his Atomic Monsters Production company which was itself born out of the success of the numerous horrors he helped deliver for Blumhouse Productions, the original modern specialists in churning out low production / high yield popcorn fillers.
    Set in the 1970s for no other apparent reason that it eliminates pesky modern technology from the equation it focuses on widowed single mother and social services case…

  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    ★★★½

    S. Craig Zahler returns with a follow up to his gory western 'Bone Tomahawk'(2015) and ultra-violent grindhouse prison picture 'Brawl in Cell Block 99'(2017) with this low key crime thriller.
    Brett Ridgeman (Mel Gibson) and Anthony Lurasetti (Vince Vaughn) are two veteran cops who get the job done by any means necessary, an approach that doesn't much fit in with a modern world where everyone is a social justice warrior armed with a mobile camera device.
    After both are suspended…

  • Mississippi Grind

    Mississippi Grind

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn), a talented card player hamstrung by a gambling addiction to such an extent that his in-car soundtrack of choice is '200 poker tells by Joe Navarro', meets the good looking and charismatic Curtis (Ryan Reynolds) during a local poker tournament.
    They encounter each other again and Gerry becomes enamoured with Curtis's apparently carefree attitude to gambling as well as life in general and with his own problems mounting due to the amount of money he owes around…

  • Polaroid

    Polaroid

    ★★

    Awkward high school student Bird Fitcher (Kathryn Prescott) picks up an old Polaroid camera from the dusty antique store where she works.
    The picture quality and portability are completely inferior to that of her smartphone but it looks cool and is retro as hell and everyone loves retro stuff nowadays so she takes it with her everywhere she goes including school and even a costume party being held by the local queen bee Avery (Katie Stevens).
    As time passes and…

  • The Borderlands

    The Borderlands

    ★★★½

    After a botched job in South America, a paranormal or 'miracle' investigator named Deacon (Gordon Kennedy) is sent by the Vatican to the sleepy seclusion of the English countryside to look into claims of miraculous occurrences at an old church. He's accompanied by irreligious techno export Gray Parker (Robin Hill) and ultra sceptical priest Father Mark Amidon (Aidan McArdle).
    On the surface, this latest inquiry looks like a bread and butter case of deception on the part of the local…

  • The Devil's Doorway

    The Devil's Doorway

    ★★

    Another found footage horror this time set in Ireland in 1960.
    Catholicism tends to be the go-to religion for supernatural horror and it's no different here as veteran priest Father Thomas (Lalor Roddy) and the nieve Father John (Ciaran Flynn) are sent by the Vatican to investigate claims of miraculous goings-on at a house for fallen women.
    At first, the only thing scary about the place outside of the drab decor is the rather hard-nosed Mother Superior (Helena Bereen) but…

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★

    So Marvel Comics finally get round to giving the aptly named 'Captain Marvel' an outing in what is the 21st film in the MCU franchise.
    This time we're taken back to the mid '90s - guess it makes a change to the '80s which has been done to death and then some - when a young Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) still had both eyes, his hair and wore a suit as opposed to looking like a pirate crossed with…

  • The Silence

    The Silence

    ★★

    Mmmmmm......so 'The Silence'.
    John R. Leonetti who has given us such cinematic treasures as 'Mortal Kombat: Annihilation' (1997) and 'The Butterfly Effect 2' (2006) now brings us a Netflix horror.
    After a cave research team dig too deep they unleash flesh-eating flying critters that sort of look like the Xenos from 'Alien' made love to bats and start eating everyone everywhere. They can be evaded though but only if you maintain.......The Silence.
    In fairness, it's based on a 2015 horror…

  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    ★★★

    Warner Brothers continue their battle to wrestle some of the superhero box office supremacy away from Disney's dominant Marvel studios via this latest offering from the DC Universe.
    Not being much of a comic book fan I'd only ever heard the name 'Shazam' in passing and had zero familiarity with the character going in.
    Safe to say this isn't one of DC's premier protagonists.
    Young Billy Batson (Asher Angel) is the central character. A serial foster kid after getting separated…

  • Happy Death Day 2U

    Happy Death Day 2U

    ★★★

    Christopher Landon's quickfire sequel to 'Happy Death Day' (2017) sees Jessica Rothe return to her role as the college queen bee Tree Gelbman who is perennially trapped in a 'Groundhog Day' esque nightmare scenario where she is murdered over and over again.
    This time we get to the bottom of why it all happened in the first place as well as began all over again and it turns out that it was all the work of her new boyfriend Carter…

  • Escape Room

    Escape Room

    ★★½

    The timid and unassuming college student Zoey Davis (Taylor Russell) accepts an invite to the Minos Escape Room Facility where if she wins she will pocket $10,000.
    Her competitors are an asymmetrical group composed of a geek, stoner, trucker, ex-army vet and a self-assured Wall Street type.
    All believe it to be just a bit of fun and a chance to make some easy money but things pretty quickly go south as it turns out that it is, in fact,…

  • The Wind

    The Wind

    ★★★

    Lizzy Macklin (Caitlin Gerard) and her husband Isaac (Ashley Zukerman) live alone in the wilderness of the old west frontier.
    Isolated by a great distance from anything resembling civilisation they are joined on the prairie by new neighbours the awkward and incapable Gideon Harper(Dylan McTee) and his blushing young wife Emma (Julia Goldani Telles).
    Struggling with their remoteness from society as well as her underwhelming husband Emma begins to indulge the fantasies of the despair induced by the many works…