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The Similars

The Similars posterDirector: Isaac Ezban

Writer: Isaac Ezban

Cast: Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Carmen Beato, Humberto Busto, Santiago Torres

Cert: TBC

Running time: 90mins

Year: 2015

Original Title: Los Parecidos




What’s the story: Mexico City, 1968. On a dark, rain swept night a group of strangers wait in a bus terminus for the long delayed next service. As more people arrive, events grow weirder and darker.

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What’s the verdict: At first glance, The Similars may seem… familiar. John Carpenter’s The Thing and George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead loom large in writer/director Isaac Ezban’s irresistible movie.

As does The Twilight Zone...

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Cell

Cell---UK-Quad-posterDirector: Tod Williams

Writer: Adam Alleca, Stephen King (screenplay), Stephen King (novel)

Cast: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Stacy Keach

Cert: 15

Running time: 98mins

Year: 2016


 


What’s the story: When mobile phones start sending users violently insane, comic artist Clay Riddell (Cusack) has to battle across country to reach his family. Joining him are subway worker Tom McCourt (Jackson) and Clay’s neighbor Alice Maxwell (Fuhrman).

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What’s the verdict: Based on Stephen King’s 2006 novel, Cell is a scrappily enjoyable apocalypse yarn in the vein of buddy George Romero’s The Crazies, plus Cronenberg’s Rabid and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later.

Written just before smart phones exploded around the world, King’s novel was remarkably prescient in how rabidly ...

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10 Cloverfield Lane

10-Cloverfield-Lane---posterDirector: Dan Trachtenberg

Writer: Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, Damien Chazelle

Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr

Cert: 12

Running time: 103mins

Year: 2016




What’s the story: Involved in a serious car accident, twenty-something Michelle awakens to find herself in a subterranean bunker with the large, imposing Howard. Sharing their space is fellow twenty-something Emmett. Howard and Emmett tell Michelle she can’t leave the bunker due to a chemical attack against the United States that has poisoned the air…

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What’s the verdict: Back in 2008 Cloverfield emerged from nowhere to impress and shock the pants off audiences, so it’s fitting this “blood relative” (to use producer J.J. Abrams’ term) does the same.

Released with little fanfare save...

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The Flu

The Flu - Ae Su, Jang, Park Min-ah, posterDirector: Kim Sung-su

Cast: Ae Su, Jang Hyuk, Park Min-ah

Cert: 15

Running time: 122mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Korean pandemic thriller in the style of Outbreak that ladles on the de rigueur (mortis) apocalyptic imagery, but also finds room for romcom antics and a liberal glazing of melodrama. A disaster movie evoking the cheesy charms of The Towering Inferno or The Poseidon Adventure, this crams in enough excitement to satisfy those looking for an easy thriller, although the gushing sentiment might make this Flu too sickly for some.

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The full verdict: Squeezing in enough disaster to make the most fraught season of 24 resemble a lazy Sunday with the papers, The Flu cannot be accused of shortchanging the audience.

But, a little more restraint would have provided greater focus for this b...

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