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You Were Never Really Here

Director: Lynne Ramsay

Writer: Lynne Ramsay (screenplay), Jonathan Ames (novel)

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola, Alex Manette, John Doman, Judith Roberts

Cert: 15

Running time: 95mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: Troubled private investigator and enforcer Joe is charged with finding Nina, the daughter of a US senator trapped in an underage sex ring.

What’s the verdict: The sun must have boiled a few brains on La Croisette at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. That is the only explanation for the praise heaped on Lynne Ramsay’s achingly arthouse redressing of 80s action thrillers.

Winner of Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, (shared) Best Screenplay for Ramsay and Palme D’Or nominated, we’re crying a case of Emperor’s New Clothes with You Were Never Real...

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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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The Gunman

The-Gunman---Sean-Penn,-posterDirector: Pierre Morel

Writers: Don MacPherson, Pete Travis, Jean-Patrick Manchette (novel)

Cast: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Idris Elba, Jasmine Trinca

Cert: 15

Running time: 115mins

Year: 2015

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The lowdown: It’s the Sean Identity, or The Bourne I-Penn-tity, with this overly-familiar, surprise free espionage actioner. Penn is Jim Terrier, an ex-Special Forces military contractor in the Congo who moonlights as an assassin for big corporations. Exiled after killing the Congolese Mining Minister, Terrier is forced back to his old life years later when his black op team mates start turning up dead. Taken director Pierre Morel is on board to do for Sean what he did for Liam Neeson, but it’s a hollow misfire.

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The full verdict: Really it should be little surpri...

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A Walk Among The Tombstones

A Walk Among The Tombstones - Liam Neeson, posterDirector: Scott Frank

Writer: Scott Frank, Lawrence Block (novel)

Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Brian “Astro” Bradley

Cert: 15

Running time: 113mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Liam Neeson heads up one of the year’s best thrillers as retired cop turned private investigator Matthew Scudder. His latest case puts him on the trail of two serial killers who have murdered a drug dealer’s wife, despite the ransom being paid. But, it won’t be an afternoon stroll as the investigation takes Scudder into a world of insanity and murder. Get Shorty and Out Of Sight screenwriter Scott Frank shows a firm directorial hand while adding another fine adaptation to his crime CV with this grimly classy thriller.A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONESA Walk Among the Tombstones - Liam Neeson

The full verdict: At the beginning of A Walk Among the Tombstones a viol...

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