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Certificate: 18 Director: Ethan Spaulding Cast: Joel McHale, Grey Griffin, Jennifer Carpenter Distributor: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Running Time: 80 minutes Once in every generation, a great tournament between the realms takes place that will ultimately determine the fate of Earth. This is Mortal Kombat. This generation’s champions for Earth include bicycle-kicking Liu Kang, the
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Certificate: PG Creator: Jon Favreau Cast: Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Rio Hackford, Gina Carano Distributor: Disney+ With the Skywalker saga drawing to a divisive conclusion with The Rise Of Skywalker, there’s a weight of expectation around Disney+’s first live action Star Wars series. Barring a couple of forgiveable Stormtrooper-esque misfires around the midway point (Firefly
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Certificate: 12 Director: J J Abrams Cast: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac Distributor: Walt Disney Running Time: 142 The Skywalker Saga gang get back together for one last adventure, as Rey (Daisy Ridley) and co head off on a frantic quest to stop Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)’s First Order and the resurgent
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Certificate: 12A Director: Jake Kasdan Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment If you like this, try… Jumanji Go back to where it all started with the 1995 original. “It’s a stampede!” We’re sure we weren’t the only ones to produce a deep, audible sigh at the news
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Director: Takashi Shimizu Writer: Daisuke Hosaka, Takashi Shimizu Cast: Ryôta Bandô, Narendra Singh Dhami, Tsuyoshi Furukawa Running Time: 109 mins Takashi Shimizu, the director and co-writer (with Daisuke Hosaka) of Howling Village (Inunaki-mura), will always, along with Hideo Nakata (Ring, 1998; Dark Water, 2002) and Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, 2001), belong to the pantheon of J-horror
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Director: Malgorzata Szumowska Writer: C.S. McMullen Cast: Raffey Cassidy, Michiel Huisman, Denise Gough, Kelly Campbell, Eve Connolly, Isabelle Connolly, Ailbhe Cowley Distributor: MUBI Running Time: 97 mins If you like this, try… The Invitation Michiel Huisman also dabbled in a sinister cult in Karyn Kusama’s chamber piece horror. It’s not always fair to review a
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Director: David Fowler Writer: David Fowler Cast: Taylor Dianne Robinson, Matthew MacCaull, Matt Bellefleur Running Time: 98 mins “Welcome to the circle” is a recurring utterance in writer/director David Fowler’s debut feature of the same name. These words are addressed to anybody finding their way into an isolated woodland community whose few residents – Rebekah
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Certificate: 18 Director: Neasa Hardiman Cast: Hermione Corfield, Dougray Scott, Connie Nielsen Running Time: 91 mins Sea Fever opens with a spectacular shot under the ocean’s surface, sunlight radiating through the wash above, before something plunges into the water: a fully dressed woman who opens her mouth to gasp for breath before there is a
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Certificate: 18 Director: Lee Min-Jae Cast: Jae-yeong Jeong, Ga-ram Jung, Nam-gil Kim Running Time: 112 mins Back when the Korean New Wave was cresting, part of what made directors like Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, 2003), Kim Ji-woon (A Tale Of Two Sisters, 2003), Jang Joon-hwan (Save The Green Planet!, 2003) and Bong Joon-ho (The Host, 2006)
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Released: 8 May Certificate: 12A Director: Alice Winocour Cast: Eva Green, Zélie Boulant, Matt Dillon, Aleksey Fateev, Lars Eidinger Distributor: Picturehouse Entertainment Running Time: 107 mins In space films, women are often left out of the frame, or boxed in a corner quietly waiting for their husbands to return. Alice Winocour’s Proxima brings this male-dominated
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Certificate: 18 Director: Luciano and Nicolás Onetti, Sergio Morcillo, Joshua Long, Jason Bognacki, Adam O´Brien, Matt Richards, A J Briones, Pablo S Pastor, Oliver Park Cast: Clara Kovacic, James Wright, Kera Obryon Running Time: 100 mins All alone in his studio/home (and dressed in a jacket with the same striped pattern as that on the
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Certificate: 18 Director: Joe Begos Cast: Stephen Lang, Martin Kove, William Sadler Running Time: 92 mins Every night, a group of ageing American ex-army men from the Vietnam – and in one case the Korean – War gather at dingy VFW Post 2494, run by their fellow soldier Fred Parras (Stephen Graham). Together, they knock
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Certificate: 18 Director: Tyler Cornack Cast: Tyler Cornack, Tyler Rice, Shelby Dash Running Time: 100 mins As tech company manager Rick Sanders (Austin Lewis) leads his staff in a peppy motivational session at the beginning of Butt Boy, the camera circles to one man who stands out from his co-workers, a craggy island of disconsolate
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Released: Out now Certificate: U Director: Dan Scanlon Cast: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer Distributor: Disney Onward by Pixar brings the magic with its latest fantasy adventure Taking place in a world where technology has replaced magic, Pixar’s latest fantasy adventure, Onward, sets audiences up with a wonderful premise from the off.
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Director: Yoon Sung-hyun Writer: Yoon Sung-hyun Cast: Lee Je-hoon, Ahn Jae-hong, Choi Woo-shik, Park Jeong-min, Park Hae-soo Set in a dystopian, future South Korea (although not so far from where we are now), Time To Hunt is the first feature from American-born filmmaker, Yoon Sung-hyun. In the film, Seoul has become a polluted, hazy monolith
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Released: Out now Certificate: 15 Director: Leigh Whannell Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge Distributor: Universal Universal’s classic monster movie The Invisible Man, directed by James Whale in 1933 and based on the H G Wells novel, was a hugely influential horror thanks to John P Fulton’s impressive special effects. In 2020, this Blumhouse-produced
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Released: Out now Cast: Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, Sofia Bryant Distributor: Netflix Running Time: 7 episodes If you like this, try… Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina For a sillier take on teenagers with superpowers, CAOS is always worth a watch. There’s nothing particularly new about the ‘puberty as superpowers’ trope, but where most of those takes
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Released: 28 February 2020 (US) Certificate: R Director: Jason Lei Howden Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Samara Weaving, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Ned Dennehy, Rhys Darby Distributor: Saban Films Illegal online game Skism pits armed players in live-action death matches, with the whole city their arena. After casually flaming its users, hapless geek Miles (Daniel Radcliffe) is visited
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Released: 14 February 2020 Certificate: PG Director: Jeff Fowler Cast: James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter Distributor: Paramount Pictures If you like this, try… Detective Pikachu (2019) Kind of the same movie, but with Pokémon instead of Sega characters. The hero trumps Sonic on cuteness, too. Narrated, in part, by the super-fast hero
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Certificate: 15 Director: Cathy Yan Cast: Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ewan McGregor, Ella Jay Basco Distributor: Warner Bros If you like this, try… Wonder Woman Patty Jenkins’ take on Wonder Woman has led the way for modern female-led superhero films. From her explosive presence in Suicide Squad (thank goodness there
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Released: 19 December 2019 Certificate: 12A Director: JJ Abrams Writer: JJ Abrams, Chris Terrio Cast: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams Distributor: Disney If you like this, try… Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Is it the best Star Wars film to come out of the
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Released: Out now Certificate: 15 Director: Sophia Takal Writer: Sophia Takal and April Wolfe Cast: Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Cary Elwes, Caleb Eberhardt Distributor: Universal Forget everything you know about the two previous Black Christmases. Aside from the setting (a sorority house during winter break) and the vaguest possible plot outline (some girls get killed),
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Released: 11 December 2019 Director: Jake Kasdan Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Danny Glover, Danny DeVito, Awkwafina, Nick Jonas, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Alex Wolff, Ser’Darius Blain Distributor: Sony If you like this, try… Jumanji (1995) The beloved classic, back when the world of Jumanji came to you. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin
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Released: 22 Nov (cinemas), 29 Nov (Netflix) Director: Jérémy Clapin Cast: Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d’Assumçao Distributor: Netflix If you like this, try… The City Of Lost Children Guillaume Laurant is best known for his Jean-Pierre Jeunet collaborations, including this genre one. Adapted from a novel penned by co-screenwriter Guillaume Laurant (Amélie), I
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Released: 26 November Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi Cast: Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Taichi Saotome, Masato Sakai, Rikiya Koyama, Ayane Sakura Distributor: Anime Limited If you like this, try… Gurren Lagann
 Hiroyuki Imaishi directed this beloved anime mecha series for studio Gainax, with a similar tone. The opening of Promare establishes that the sudden combustion of various people across
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Released: 31 October 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Mike Flanagan Writer: Mike Flanagan Cast: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyleigh Curran, Cliff Curtis, Zahn McClarnon Distributor: Warner Bros If you like this, try… Oculus Two siblings try to prove that a haunted mirror was the cause of a traumatic childhood event in Flanagan’s tragic and vicious horror.
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