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Released: 18 September Certificate: 12A Director: James Gray Cast: Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox If you like this, try… First Man Damian Chazelle’s poignant and creative take on Neil Armstrong’s mission to the moon is an emotional journey. At each point of his journey into deep space, astronaut Roy McBride
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Released: TBC Certificate: TBC Director: Rose Glass Writer: Rose Glass Cast: Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Frazer, Lily Knight It is not every day that a new film arrives with as many hopes hanging over it as there were over Rose Glass’ Saint Maud. If the introduction of a new voice in the UK landscape
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Released: Out now Creator: René Echevarria, Travis Beacham Cast: Cara Delevingne, Orlando Bloom, Tamzin Merchant, David Gyasi, Jared Harris, Indira Varma Distributor: Amazon Studios If you like this, try… American Gods Like Carnival Row, American Gods is an ambitious fantasy thriller that mixes violence, sex and mythology. In the fantasy world of Carnival Row, tensions between
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Released: 6 September 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Andy Muschietti Writer: Gary Dauberman Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James Ransone, Isiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, Bill Skarsgard Distributor: Warner Bros If you like this, try… A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Nancy returns to help a gang of teens face Freddy in the
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Released: 4 October Certificate: 15 TBC Director: Todd Phillips Writer: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert DeNiro, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, Brian Tyree Henry Distributor: Warner Bros What makes the Joker such a threatening villain? Until now, he’s been a psychopathic enigma, wreaking havoc across Gotham and taunting Batman with his maniacal cackle.
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Stirring mental illness into supernatural horror is a tricky thing to get right. The allure of the “is this really happening?” element is understandable but it can be so dispiritingly manipulative and exploitative when done carelessly, so: hats off to director Brian Hanson and his co-writer Richard Handley for working hard to maintain ambiguity and
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A title like Sadistic Intentions comes with a certain expectation/bracing oneself, but writer-director Eric Pennycoff’s tightly wound debut is more interested in exactly what the title describes, and whether or not said intentions will come to fruition, than a violent payoff. After a shocking prologue, we watch as Chloe (Taylor Zaudtke) receives a phone call
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The oxymoronic title of Dark Light involves a paradox. Like a Buddhist koan, it announces the film as a contradictory challenge that the viewer, sitting in the dark cinema looking at the flickering light projected onto the screen, must try to resolve, even if resolution is ultimately impossible. This is an impression reinforced by the
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The beginning of Henry Jacobson’s feature debut Bloodline seems comfortable (at least to the horror viewer) because it is so steeped in cliché. A nurse (Christie Herring) wanders an empty hospital corridor at night, thinks she hears something behind her, enters the shower room, undresses, and has a shower, while a POV shot makes it
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Andrew Desmond’s feature debut The Sonata, co-written with Arthur Morin, opens with composer Richard Marlow (the late Rutger Hauer) putting the finishing touches on a musical score. He then walks downstairs, heads outside into the dark night with a petrol canister and candle in hand, douses his body in the fuel and sets fire to
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“They say when you die, your whole life flashes before your eyes,” says James (Adrian Glynn McMorran) in voice-over at the beginning of Volition. “I wish it were that simple.” James is practically announcing that this film, directed by Tony Dean Smith and co-written with his brother Ryan Smith, is a chronicle of a death
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“I’m disgusting,” declares Augustin (Robin L’Houmeau) near the beginning of Alexandre Franchi’s Happy Face. This quiet nineteen-year-old man in a hoody, his face wrapped in bandages and obviously distorted, is attending a support group for people with facial disfigurements, where a sense of insidiously internalised inferiority is not uncommon. In her opening speech, the group’s
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Siblings Jesús (Pablo Sigal) and Maria José (Valeria Giorcelli) work symbiotically. The siblings live together in their late father’s apartment. They have their own routine. They don’t particularly want to be disturbed. So, when their half-sister Magdalena (Augustina Cerviño) arrives from Spain suggesting that dad’s death means it’s time to sell the place and split
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Released: 23 August Director: Alexandre Aja Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark, Ross Anderson Distributor: Paramount Given the delightful resurgence of the shark attack movie over the last few years, it’s surprising that it’s taken this long for Florida’s own apex predator to make a proper comeback. Thank heavens for the unpredictable but dependably
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Released: Out now Cast: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Elisabeth Shue Distributor: Prime Video If you like this, try… Preacher Preacher is just as funny, shocking and gory as The Boys – but significantly more blasphemous. Hughie (Jack Quaid) is devastated when his girlfriend is accidentally killed by a superhero, so when
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Released: Out now Creator: The Duffer Brothers Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobbie Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp Distributor: Netflix If you like this, try… The Mist Ambience, alternate dimensions, monsters and exploring the unknown? Yes, please. Things get even more shit for Hawkins, Indiana, in the third season of 80s-inspired sci-fi mystery series
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Released: 16 September Certificate: 18 Director: Tony D’Aquino Cast: Airlie Dodds, Linda Ngo, Taylor Ferguson, Ebony Vagulans, Danielle Horvat, Tom O’Sullivan Distributor: Signature Entertainment If you like this, try… Predators The Furies’ setup surprisingly has a lot in common with, of all films, the third Predator movie. The Furies is a curious mix of slashers, The Running Man and Predators.