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Director: Alejandro Landes

Writers: Alejandro Landes, Alexis dos Santos

Cast: Sofia Buenaventura, Moises Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Laura Castrillón, Karen Quintero, Julian Giraldo

Producers: Fernando Epstein, Alejandro Landes, Cristina Landes, Santiago A. Zapata

Music: Mica Levi

Cinematography: Jasper Wolf

Editors: Ted Guard, Yorgos Mavropsaridis, Santiago Otheguy

Cert: 15 TBC

Running time: 102mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: In the South American mountains, a squad of child soldiers kill time while holding an American engineer hostage.

What’s the verdict: A journey into the wild hearts of child soldiers, Alejandro Landes’ third feature in twelve years is riveting, frustrating, hallucinogenic and astonishing.

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Will Power: Tony Dean Smith Talks Volition

A standout movie at the 2019 Arrow Video FrightFest was Tony Dean Smith’s Volition. Co-written with Smith’s brother Ryan, this cerebral sci-fi thriller has reviewers drawing parallels with Looper, Inception and Black Mirror. We rather enjoyed it too..

Adrian Glynn McMorran of TV’s Arrow is James, a man afflicted with clairvoyance. Believing destiny is fated so there is no point in trying to be better, he gets by using his ability to scam sports bets. But, after becoming involved in an illegal diamond exchange, James begins to see visions of his own murder.

Together with Magda Apanowicz’s Angela, a woman who has burst into his world, he must discover the identity of the unknown killer. A journey that will reveal to him his affliction is not quite how he understands it…

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Three Billboards… & Darkest Hour – The Electric Shadows Podcast

In Episode 37 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel & Wallis look at one of the best films of the year and a contender for one of the worst.

Impressing them is Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. A dramatic, witty and compassionate tale of a mother’s anger at the local police for not finding her daughter’s killer, it is a powerhouse of adult storytelling, populated with some of the best characters yet from the man behind In Bruges.

At the other end of the spectrum is Darkest Hour. Joe Wright’s film presents Winston Churchill as the eccentric man of the people popular history likes to portray him as. It all amounts to little more than Sunday afternoon TV fluff, until Wright and co present a scene so misjudged and tin-eared it ruins their movie...

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Jailbreak (2017)

Director: Jimmy Henderson

Writer: Jimmy Henderson, Michael Hodgson

Cast: Jean-Paul Ly, Dara Our, Tharoth Sam, Celine Tran, Dara Phang, Savin Phillip, Sisowath Siriwudd, Laurent Plancel, Eh Phoutong

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 92mins

Year: 2017



What’s the story: A Special Forces unit escorting a high value informant to prison must fight for their lives when the inmates break out of their cells.

What’s the verdict: If Assault on Precinct 13 were a martial arts movie, it would be Jailbreak. Picking up the gauntlet thrown down by Ong-Bak and The Raid, Cambodia based Italian director Jimmy Henderson delivers an amped-up explosion of kinetic kick-ass.

Assisted by lead actors Jean-Paul Ly and Dara Our on fight choreography duties, and MMA champion Tharoth Sam as a no-nonsense female cop.

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Moonlight (2016)

Director: Barry Jenkins

Writer: Barry Jenkins (screenplay), Tarell Alvin McCraney (story)

Cast: Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome

Cert: 15

Running time: 111mins

Year: 2016




What’s the story: The life of Chiron, a black man from a rough area of 1980s Miami, is charted through three key stages of his life, from childhood to teenage years and full adulthood.

What’s the verdict: Moonlight and La La Land could not be more different. Moonlight is a coming-of-age story about the struggles of a young black man growing up ostracised and gay and saddled with an abusive crack-addicted mother in a deprived area of Miami...

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Never Let Go Unleashed 3rd October!

never-let-go-dvd-coverHoward J Ford and his brother Jon have a rich history of scaring audiences. The Dead and The Dead 2: India both delivered imaginative, unusual takes on the zombie apolcaypse genre, travelling to places not typically seen overrun by undead hordes.

With Never Let Go, Howard goes solo for the first time (although brother Jon contributes aerial photography). But, this Taken with a female twist maintains the high levels of suspense for which the Ford boys are well known. A multi award-winning thriller, it stars Angela Dixon as a single mother forced into a desperate race against time to find her missing daughter in Morocco.

Brimming with surprises, kinetic action and a ferocious central performance from Dixon as the unstoppable mother with a particular set of skills, Never Let Go dives into the...

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Bowie’s Big Screen Best

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Over twenty credited movie roles on his IMdb page testify to David Bowie’s impressive body of film appearances.

Not that he was an actor of extraordinary range. Although displaying a similar to aura to Jeremy Irons, it is difficult to imagine Dead Ringers or Die Hard With A Vengeance with the superstar in those roles.

Bowie’s big screen company was more along the lines of Brad Pitt or Keanu Reeves. Actors whose performance ability is relatively narrow, but can be electrifying on the big screen when used effectively.

His first credited big screen appearance was in The Man Who Fell To Earth. Ostensibly playing an alien, the kaleidoscopic film can be read as a pretty accurate reflection of experiences the coke and excess addled Bowie was then going through.

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Spotlight (2015)

Spotlight-posterDirector: Tom McCarthy

Writer: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer

Cast: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci

Cert: 15

Running time: 128mins

Year: 2015


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What’s the story: Boston, 2001. The Spotlight team, investigative journalists at The Boston Globe, uncover decades of child abuse and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese. What will it take to bring the truth to light?

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What’s the verdict: Spotlight opens in 1976 at Christmas time. But, there’s scant reason to be merry in this sober, shattering account of abuse in the Catholic Church.

A journalism film on par with The Insider, Salvador or, yes, All the President’s Men, this is also a lament/clarion call for factual reporting in an age of opinion...

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Dheepan

Dheepan---posterDirector: Jacques Audiard

Writer: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Noé Debré

Cast: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby

Cert: 15

Running time: 109mins

Year: 2015


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What’s the story: In the final moments of the Sri Lankan civil war a Tamil tiger (Jesuthasan) flees to France along with a fake wife (Srinivasan) and daughter (Vinasithamby) to begin a new life with a new name – Dheepan. Working as a custodian, he tries to forget the horrors of war. What he encounters in his new surroundings is a new, but just as destructive battle. A Prophet and Rust & Bone director Jacques Audiard returns with hard hitting subject matter in this 2015 Cannes Palme D’Or Winner.

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What’s the verdict: With three nominations under his belt Jacques Audiard finally, dese...

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The Assassin (2015)

The-Assassin-posterDirector: Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Writers: Hou Hisao-Hsien, Zhong Acheng, Chu T’ien-wen, Hsieh Hai-Meng (screenplay), Pei Xing (short story)

Cast: Shu Qi, Chang Chen

Cert: 12

Running time: 107mins

Year: 2015


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The lowdown: Celebrated Chinese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien turns his hand to the wuxia-pien (martial arts) genre for his first film in eight years. But, those expecting House of Flying Daggers or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon may be surprised at what an anti-martial arts film Hou has produced. The plot, a female assassin is sent to kill the man to whom she was once betrothed, is standard fare. Hou’s telling is more focused on costumes and scenery than a compelling story or choreographed combat, meaning it’s pretty to look at but likely to leave scratched heads and soft snores.

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