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The Great Hip Hop Hoax

The Great Hip Hop Hoax posterDirector: Jeanie Finlay

Cast: Billy Boyd, Gavin Bain

Cert: 18

Running time: 88mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: In 2004 Californian hip-hop homeboys Silibil n’ Brains were destined for stardom. They were the real deal. The genuine article. They were also two students from Dundee who had no idea how far they’d have to go to hide their true identities.

The Great Hip Hop Hoax - Boyd, Bain, lagerThe Great Hip Hop Hoax - Boyd, Bain, car

The verdict: Labelled “the rapping Proclaimers” at a disastrous A&R audition, Scottish rap fans Billy Boyd and Gavin Bain re-invented themselves as West-Coast wild boys Silibil n’ Brains.

Their commitment to the lie would shame most method actors and at a time when social media was still in its infancy, they used their MTV inspired accents and jackass-style antics to fool industry execs into thinking they’d struck gold.

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R.I.P.D

RIPD - banner posterDirector: Robert Schwentke

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Mary Louise Parker, Kevin Bacon

Cert: 12A

Running time: 97mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: Ryan Reynolds is recently deceased cop Nick Walker, recruited into the R.I.P.D (Rest In Peace Department), an undead police force who guard the mortal world against Deados – criminal souls that refuse to cross over and hide out among the living. Nick is partnered with Jeff Bridges’ 19th century U.S Marshall Roy Pulsipher and together they uncover a diabolical scheme with world-ending implications. Despite the presence of Kevin Bacon on villain duty and Mary Louise Parker R.I.P.D can’t be resuscitated...

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No One Lives

No One Lives - quad poster, Luke Evans Director: Ryuhei Kitamura

Cast: Luke Evans, Lee Tergesen, Adelaide Clemens, Derek Maygar, Laura Ramsey

Cert: 18

Running time: 86mins

Year: 2012

The lowdown: The Midnight Meat Train director Ryuhei Kitamura delivers a frenzied slice of red n’ raw horror with this psycho smackdown.  After Drive and How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Luke Evans is another character named Driver, receiving unwanted attention from a violent redneck gang. When they kidnap his girl, Driver unleashes merry Hell in a manner reminiscent of Rambo crossed with Saw’s Jigsaw. Throwaway for sure, but a tasty treat for those craving fast food carnage.

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The full verdict: Ryuhei Kitamura first came to international intention with feature debut Versus, a wild and wildly uneven “Gangsters vs...

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