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The Signal (2014)

The Signal 2014 - poster - Laurence FishburneDirector: William Eubank

Writer: Carlyle Eubank, William Eubank, David Figerio

Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp

Cert: TBC

Running Time: 97 mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: Small scale filmmaker William Eubank (Love,Crave) stretches his $4m budget to breaking point with this ambitious sci-fi flick. Boasting a hot young cast and a cold, clinical Laurence Fishburne, it’s inventive and looks the business but plays like a particularly slick episode of The Outer Limits.

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The full verdict: Not to be confused with 2007’s horror about a killer transmission, the initial set-up here is simple: three MIT students: Haley (Olivia Cooke), Jonah (Beau Knapp) and crutch-bound Nic (Brenton Thwaites) take a detour from an emotional road trip to confront a mysterious hacke...

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Calvary

Calvary - posterDirector: John Michael McDonagh

Writer: John Michael McDonagh

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Chris O’Dowd, Dylan Moran, Pat Shortt, M. Emmet Walsh

Cert: 15

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Year: 2014

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The lowdown: John Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson follow acerbic off-kilter thriller The Guard with an even darker look at contemporary Ireland. Gleeson is Father James, targeted for murder by one of his parishioners who suffered years of sexual abuse from a now dead priest. Ferociously good writing and performances, topical barbs, a large dose of James Joyce and leavening Father Ted-style irreverence make Calvary a powerful, compassionate and unforgettable film.

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The full verdict: Calvary opens with a confessional scene in which one of Father James’ flock recounts horrific abuse by...

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The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears

The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears - posterDirectors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani

Writers: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani

Cast: Klaus Tange, Ursula Bedena, Joe Koener

Cert: 18

Running time: 99mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: After their five star debut Amer, Belgian directing duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani return with this second giallo inspired thriller. Experts at riffing on the look and feel of those 60s and 70s Italian murder mysteries, Cattet and Forzani construct another visually sumptuous, darkly sexual and graphically violent mind scramble, following the misadventures of a man searching for his missing wife in a Belgian apartment building. Brilliant and frustrating, but maybe time for the Belgian directors to bring a little emotion to their precise, beautiful formalism.

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The full verdict: At one time the gial...

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Out of the Furnace

Out of the Furnace - poster quadDirector: Scott Cooper

Writers: Brad Ingelsby, Scott Cooper

Cast: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana

Cert: 15

Running time: 116mins

Year: 2013

   

The lowdown: A cast to kill for flesh out this taut thriller from the director of Crazy Heart. Christian Bale is a buttoned down steel worker suddenly faced with the rotten side of life when Iraq veteran brother Casey Affleck finds himself in deep with the wrong crowd. Woody Harrelson intimidates both characters and the audience as an Appalachian crime boss spat out of the darkest corner of a mountain, while Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker and Zoe Saldana offer first rate support. Bruising, melancholy, but memorable.

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The full verdict: From the pre-credit scene when Woody...

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Boomerang Family Cast and Director Interview

Boomerang Family - poster, Park Hae-il, Yun Je-munThe 2013 London Korean Film Festival boasted a broad range of movies old and new, but in time honoured tradition arguably saved the best for last.

Boomerang Family closed the London stage of the festival, before a select number of movies then tour the country. And a fine choice to showcase how exciting the country’s cinema can be.

Revolving around a sixty-something woman and her dysfunctional brood, Boomerang Family is a family drama, slapstick comedy and crime thriller in one deliciously spicy package.

We caught up with movie’s writer and director Song Hae-sung and stars Yoon Yeo-jeong and Yun Je-mun, who play the mother and one of her son’s respectively, to talk about the film.

Electric Shadows: Could you give me one word to describe Boomerang Family?

Song Hae-sung: Boomerang Fam...

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Dom Hemingway

Dom Hemingway - quad posterDirector: Richard Shepard

Writer: Richard Shepard

Cast: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Emilia Clarke, Demian Birchir, Kerry Condon

Cert: 15

Running Time: 93mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: Pretty posh lad Jude Law slaps on sideburns, piles on the pounds and dusts off his best Del-boy impression to play the eponymous safecracker, recently released and looking for compensation after a twelve year stretch. A somnambulant Richard E. Grant is on hand as Dom’s long-suffering sidekick. Writer/Director Richard Shepard (The Matador) tries to give his crude creation an original voice but the result is more bellowing bore than Sexy Beast.

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The full verdict: The indulgent tone for this brash Brit-flick is set from the start with an imprisoned Dom (Law) delivering a lengthy, Steven Berkoff-style paean to h...

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In Fear

In Fear - Quad poster, Jeremy LiveringDirector: Jeremy Lovering

Writer: Jeremy Lovering

Cast: Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert

Cert: 15

Running time: 85mins

Year: 2013

     

The lowdown: Buckle up for a ride into terror with this gleefully scary British shocker. On their way to an Irish musical festival, a twenty something couple opt to check into a hotel for a night of getting-to-know-you nooky. But, as the countryside becomes a lethal maze, it rapidly grows apparent they are not intended to reach their destination. Writer/director Jeremy Lovering makes a confident debut with a stripped back, text book example in escalating dread. See it, just don’t see it alone.

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The full verdict: Horror is a perfect genre for tackling grand themes. Life, death, the meaning of existence in the cold recesses of a pitiless universe…

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Barry Pepper Talks Snitch

SNITCHDwayne Johnson sheds his larger-than-life image for the action thriller Snitch.

Johnson plays John Matthews, who offers to go undercover for the Drugs Enforcement Agency when his teenage son is busted on a minor drug offence and is suddenly looking at decades behind bars.

We caught up with Johnson’s co-star in the movie, Barry Pepper, who plays DEA agent Cooper.

Star of such five star movies as Saving Private Ryan and The 25th Hour, Pepper is electrifying here as a Hell’s Angel looking law enforcer who becomes the government’s conscience as the nightmare of Matthews’ situation becomes dangerously real.

Pepper told us about what it was like laying down the law to The Artist Formally Known As The Rock, holding his own against Hollywood legend Susan Sarandon (playing a ruthless Distri...

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Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips - poster, Tom HanksDirector: Paul Greengrass

Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Addirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M Ali, Michael Cherums, Catherine Keener

Cert: 12A

Running Time: 134 mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: Batten down the hatches for this nail-biting biopic, boasting an Oscar-baiting return to form from everyone’s favourite everyman Tom Hanks. Recreating the five days in April 2009 when Somali pirates boarded US container ship Maesk Alabama and took its Captain Richard Phillips hostage. United 93 director Paul Greengrass once again crafts a taut thriller around a real-life crisis without sacrificing authenticity or humanity.

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The verdict: Anyone expecting an Uncle Sam vs. The Savages set-up will be disappointed. Tub-thumping political agendas are resisted...

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The Call (2013)

The Call - quad poster - Halle BerryDirector: Brad Anderson

Cast: Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Michael Eklund, Morris Chestnut, Michael Imperioli

Runtime: 95 minutes

Cert: 15

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: It’s high concept hell for Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin who deserve better than this formulaic 90’s throwback that should be cut off long before its demented denouement.

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The Verdict: The Call begins with 911 operator Jordan (Berry) leaving her job after a fatal lapse in judgement. Six months on, still traumatised, she’s training new recruits on how to handle the pressures of work. When an inexperienced operator receives a call from Casey (Breslin), an abducted teenage girl imprisoned in the trunk of a car, Jordan reluctantly takes over and has a chance to save Casey and redeem herself.

Originally created as a televisi...

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