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Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Director: Rupert Sanders

Writers: William Wheeler, Jamie Moss, Ehren Kruger (screenplay), Masamune Shirow (manga), Kazunori Ito (1995 movie)

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Chin Han, Peter Ferdinando, Danusia Samal, Michael Pitt, Rila Fukashima

Cert: 12

Running time: 107 mins

Year: 2017



What’s the story: In New Port City, a Far Eastern metropolis of the future, Major (Johansson), a human brain planted into a cyborg shell after a terrorist attack, is a front-line soldier in the city’s counter terrorism unit. A cyberhacker killing high ranking personnel at technology company Hanka is her greatest threat to date.

What’s the verdict: Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 anime Ghost in the Shell, based on Masamune Shirow’s manga, hit Hollywood influencers with...

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Blu-Ray Review: His Girl Friday

His-Girl-Friday---Criterion-Collection-coverDirector: Howard Hawks

Writer: Charles Lederer (screenplay), Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur (play)

Cast: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Helen Mack, Joe Qualen

Cert: U

Running time: 92mins

Year: 1940


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What’s the story: Ruthless newspaper editor Walter Burns (Grant) schemes to keep his ex-wife and best reporter Hildy Johnson (Russell) from marrying new fiancé Bruce (Bellamy).

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What’s the verdict: Renowned as the archetypal screwball comedy, 76 years on from its original release His Girl Friday remains sparkling and surprisingly relevant. With a few wince-inducing comments that betray its age.

On the surface this is the madcap rom-com territory Howard Hawks previously traversed to great effect in 1934’s Twentieth Century and Bringing Up Baby four years later...

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Blood Feast (2016)

Blood-Feast-posterDirector: Marcel Walz

Writer: Philip Lilienschwarz (written by), Philip Lilienschwarz, Marcel Walz (story by)

Cast: Robert Rusler, Caroline Williams, Sophie Monk, Sadie Katz, Roland Freitag

Cert: 18 (TBC)

Running time: 90mins

Year: 2016

 


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What’s the story:  In a Parisian suburb restaurant owner Ramses (Rusler) begins ritually murdering woman to resurrect the Egyptian goddess Ishtar.

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What’s the verdict: If director Marcel Walz’s intention was for his remake of the 1963 Blood Feast to honour the original movie, then mission accomplished.

Blood Feast 2016 is as leaden-paced, awkwardly-acted, and boringly gory as Herschell Gordon Lewis’ film, without having the advantage of being the first of its kind to temper the awfulness.

More than just a name-only redo, the plot echoes the ori...

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Ghostbusters (2016)

Ghostbusters-2016-poster-reviewDirector: Paul Feig

Writer: Paul Feig, Katie Dippold

Cast: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Katie McKinnon, Chris Hemsworth, Andy Garcia, Neil Casey

Cert: 12

Running time: 116mins

Year: 2016




What’s the story: Buttoned-down scientist Erin Gilbert (Wiig) has rejected the world of the paranormal. But, she is pulled back in when she and her childhood buddy Abby Yates (McCarthy), plus oddball genius engineer Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon), witness a real life apparition. After New York subway worker Patty Tolan (Jones) spots another ghost, the four women realise something dead and deadly is about to take a bite out of The Big Apple and team up to battle it.

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What’s the verdict: “I hear he likes the girls” goes a line in Ray Parker, Jr...

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Martyrs (2015)

Martyrs-posterDirector: Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz

Writer: Mark L. Smith

Cast: Troian Bellisario, Bailey Noble, Kate Burton

Cert: 18

Running time: 86mins

Year: 2015


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What’s the story: Young girl Lucie escapes a group of torturers and in an orphanage befriends orphan Anna. Ten years later Lucie goes looking for the adults who abused her, taking Anna into a nightmarish world of violence and madness.

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What’s the verdict: Producing a “meh” remake of a film that saw members of the horror hungry FrightFest crowd losing their lunch, plus multiple walkouts at the official press screening really is some kind of achievement.

But, directors Kevin and Michael Goetz (whose sole previous outing was the little seen Wrecked) achieve maximum shruggage with their reimagining of Pascal Laugier’s 2008 original, one...

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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

The-Town-That-Dreaded-Sundown---posterDirector: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Earl E. Smith (1976 version)

Cast: Addison Timlin, Anthony Anderson, Travis Tope, Veronica Cartwright, Gary Cole, Edward Herrmann

Cert: 15

Running time: 84mins

Year: 2014


The lowdown: Slasher horror gets a bloody enjoyable makeover in American Horror Story co-creator Gomez-Rejon’s do-over of the 1976 original. Nicely balanced between black comedy suspense and guffaw gore, it also cannily blends the actual, unsolved 1940s murders that inspired the first film, that film itself and a modern day detective plot for fun thrills. There’s life in the unkillable slasher yet.

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The full verdict: If you want to remake a slasher movie, you’re always better off avoiding the household names...

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Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla 2014 - posterDirector: Gareth Edwards

Writer: Max Borenstein

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn

Cert: 12

Running time: 123mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: After 2010’s £400,000 budgeted Monsters, director Gareth Edwards proves he is the go-to creature feature guy for the King of Monsters, Godzilla himself. And as the 1954 original dealt with hot-button topics of the day so Edwards uses his titular leviathan to shoulder a story touching upon post-9/11 apocalypse paranoia, environmental disasters, and of course nuclear anxieties...

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RoboCop (2014)

RoboCop posterDirector: Jose Padilha

Writer: Joshua Zetumer, Edward Nuemeier & Michael Miner (1987 script)

Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael Williams

Cert: 12A

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2014

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The lowdown: Elite Squad director Jose Padilha bravely or foolishly takes on the impossible mission of rebooting Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop. Saddled with a contractual PG-13 rating, it’s no surprise that the result is an assembly line action vehicle sorely lacking the anarchic human touch that made the original hit home with a bullet. Robo may look slicker than he did in 1987, but someone should have oiled the rusty script.

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The full verdict: Ah, RoboCop...

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We Are What We Are (2013)

We Are What We Are - posterDirector: Jim Mickle

Writers: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici, Jorge Michel Grau (original version only)

Cast: Bill Sage, Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers, Michael Parks, Rory Gore, Kelly McGillis

Cert: 15

Running time: 105mins

Year: 2013

 

The lowdown: Dinner is reheated in this American remake of the excellent 2010 Mexican original. Stakeland director Jim Mickle keeps the premise of a cannibal family fighting to stay together in the modern world, but the terrifying sprawl of Mexico City is here replaced with a backwater town, losing the original’s satirical bite. The cast are uniformly good, the photography strikingly handsome, but the omnipresent rain seems to have seeped into the script itself, leaving everything a little soggy.

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The full verdict: Full marks to writer/director Jim Mickle an...

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Oldboy (2013)

Oldboy - remake, poster, Brolin, Spike LeeDirector: Spike Lee

Writer: Mark Protosevich

Cast: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Imperioli

Cert: 18

Running time: 104mins

Year: 2013



The lowdown:
After languishing in a single cell Development Hell for almost a decade, Old Boy finally gets its English language makeover. And the reaction is one of relief. Director Spike Lee’s take on the tale of a man inexplicably incarcerated for decades and then set free to solve the mystery loses the power of the Korean original, but is a good story briskly and brutally told. Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley and Samuel L. Jackson are the oddballs in Lee’s bizarre and violent world and for fans of the original, yes, the claw hammer does return.

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The full verdict: This is not the world’s first Old Boy remake...

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