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Volition

Director: Tony Dean Smith

Writers: Tony Dean Smith, Ryan W. Smith

Cast: Adrian Glynn McMorran, Magda Apanowicz, John Cassini, Frank Cassini, Bill Marchant

Producers: Ryan Smith, Tony Dean Smith

Music: Matthew Rogers

Cinematography: Byron Kopman

Editor: Tony Dean Smith

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 91mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: A man able to see the future is plagued with visions of his own death when he becomes involved in a diamond exchange.

What’s the verdict: Remember Next, that Nicolas Cage movie where he could see a few minutes into the future? Probably not, it was forgettable trash with a title that echoed Cage’s approach to his film career.

But, that intriguing concept of someone who can see snatches of what ...

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Out of Blue

Director: Carol Morley

Writer: Carol Morley

Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Mamie Gummer, Toby Jones, James Caan, Jonathan Majors, Jackie Weaver, Brad Mann, Todd Mann

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 110mins

Year: 2018


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What’s the story: When a noted astrophysicist is murdered, troubled detective Mike Hoolihan (Clarkson) investigates the case.

What’s the verdict: Carol Morley’s 2014 feature The Falling was equally lauded and lambasted. History is unlikely to repeat itself with her latest movie. Out of Blue won’t receive any unequivocal praise.

An indigestible hotchpotch of neo-noir trappings crudely spliced with ruminations on quantum physics, its false notes echo across the multiverse.

Based on Martin Amis’ 1997 novel Night Train, we open on a dying star, before the plot zooms in on ast...

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The Nice Guys

The-Nice-Guys-posterDirector: Shane Black

Writer: Shane Black, Anthony Ragarozzi

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Angourie Rice, Kim Basinger, Keith David

Cert: 15

Running time: 123mins

Year: 2016




What’s the story: Down-on-his-luck cop turned private investigator Holland March (Gosling) and world-wearied hired muscle Jackson Healy (Crowe) discover the cases of a missing girl and a dead porn star take them on a wild journey through 1977 Los Angeles.

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What’s the verdict: Despite bringing home a cool $1.2bn with Iron Man 3, Shane Black directs The Nice Guys like a man told this will be his last ever movie...

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Sin City - A Dame to Kill For - Eve Green, banned posterDirector: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

Writer: Frank Miller

Cast: Mickey Rourke, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, Dennis Haysbert, Jeremy Piven, Jamie Chung

Cert: 18

Running Time: 102 mins

Year: 2014


 

The lowdown: Nine years after the original adaptation of Frank Miller’s neo-noir graphic novels comes the long-awaited sequel, promising more monochrome mayhem. Mickey Rourke’s one-man army Marv and Jessica Alba’s sweet-hearted stripper Nancy return, joined by (amongst many others) Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Eva Green as the titular dame. Expect balletic beheadings, ocular extractions and a plethora of perfect female flesh, but don’t expect anything new.

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The full verdict: When Sin City burst on to our eyeballs in 2005 it was a gritty, gru...

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