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‘Never Let Go’ Review

Stars: Angela Dixon, Nigel Whitmey, Lisa Eichhorn, Velibor Topic, Heather Peace, Rami Nasr, Sarah Perles, Samantha Bolter, Michael Xavier, Glenn Salvage, Sanita Simms, Darcie Lincoln | Written and Directed by Howard J. Ford

How best to describe Never Let Go? How about a movie that feels like Paul Greengrass directed Taken, with a kick-ass leading female of T2 Linda Hamilton proportions…

In truth, in my humble opinion Never Let Go is actually way better than those Taken movies. I know, I know, I liked them when they first came out as well, but this movie completely took me by surprise… In the best possible way. Ladies and Gents, Angela Bloody Dixon. This leading lady is fantastic, she grips the viewer by the balls and takes you on a thrilling, tour de force ride, leaving you wondering exactly how far would you go for your kids.

So I guess I should give
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Movie Review – Never Let Go (2017)

Never Let Go, 2017.

Directed by Howard J. Ford.

Starring Angela Dixon, Lisa Eichhorn, Velibor Topic, Nigel Whitmey, and Rami Nasr.

Synopsis:

Award-winning actress Angela Dixon stars in this international action-thriller about a single mother desperately searching for her missing child in a beautiful, but unfamiliar land, following an apparent abduction. Trusting no one, she takes the law into her own hands, weaving her way through the murky backstreets and barren landscapes, now implicated in the murder of a seemingly innocent man, her connections back in the Us begin to reveal that there is much more at stake than first meets the eye.

Since Liam Neeson first uttered those immortal lines about his “particular set of skills,” there have been a slew of similarly themed films. In Hollywood, a number of male stars of a certain age have branched into the action genre (or returned) to play the role of the
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‘Offensive’ Review: “Deviates from expectations”

Offensive Review

Offensive pits the older generation against the young. Retired perpetual renters Bernard (Russell Floyd) and Helen (Lisa Eichhorn) inherit a picturesque dwelling in France from one of Bernard’s father’s friends. Unfortunately, although the house and location are beautiful, the neighbours leave something to be desired. As the couple move in they find themselves the targets of the local gang of youths and, as the torment steps up, Bernard and Helen realise they have to take a stand if they are going to survive.

The first third of the film is exceptionally gruelling for the audience. We are given a no-holds-barred look at the gang of teenagers and they are definitely not good people. They pass the time heaving bricks off of bridges into traffic, trashing old folks shopping bags, and sticking inappropriate signs onto the backs of the local villagers. These acts are truly hard to watch,
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FrightFest unveils 2016 line-up

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FrightFest unveils 2016 line-up
Genre festival reveals masterclasses and film programme.

Horror Channel FrightFest (Aug 25-29) has unveiled the line-up of events and movies for its 2016 edition, set to be held at the Vue cinema in London’s Shepherds Bush.

Screen will host a panel on the future of the UK horror film industry, followed by the first Screen International Horror Rising Star Award [click here for the shortlist].

There will also be a horror writing master class with writer-director James Moran; a women in horror symposium; a special effects demo from maestro Dan Martin; and a discussion by filmmaker Paul Davis – who made John Landis approved doc Beware The Moon - marking the 35th anniversary of An American Werewolf In London.

The festival is also set to screen H.G. Lewis’ 1963 gore classic Blood Feast, which is getting a 4K restoration from Arrow.

The FrightFest audience will be the first in the UK to see The Neighbor, directed by Marcus Dunstan (The Collection).

The festival will also
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Cutter’s Way

"Sorry, I just slashed my wrists." "Well, tape 'em!"  This is the aftermath of the '60s protest movement. Ivan Passer's riveting murder mystery of flakes and losers in sun-drenched, guilty Santa Barbara expresses the rage of radicals faced with the growing class divide, and the arrogance of the wealthy. Cutter's Way Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1981 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 109 min. / Ship Date , 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn, Ann Dusenberry, Stephen Elliott, Arthur Rosenberg, Nina Van Pallandt. Cinematography Jordan Cronenweth Production Designer Josan F. Russo Film Editor Caroline Biggerstaff Original Music Jack Nitzsche Writing credits Jeffrey Alan Fiskin, from the novel Cutter and Bone by Newton Thornburg. Produced by Paul R. Gurian Directed by Ivan Passer

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Sort of the bad-news post-graduate version of American Graffiti, Ivan Passer's Cutter's Way is a movie with a mindset and background that I partly lived through,
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Inspector Morse 30th anniversary: the top 10 episodes

Gem Wheeler Jan 10, 2017

To mark 30 years of Inspector Morse on television, here are 10 of his most complex, macabre and memorable cases...

Warning: contains spoilers.

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Beer, Wagner, a red Jaguar, and Barrington Pheloung’s haunting theme. Those images conjure up one of the most memorable characters in British television. Inspector Morse’s final episode aired in the UK over fifteen years ago, yet the impression left by the hugely popular drama remains indelible. Its popular spinoff, Lewis, finished only two years ago after nine successful series, while a prequel, Endeavour, has just started to air its fourth run. The appeal of Morse and his Oxford is clearly as strong as ever.

Inspector Morse
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Cinema's Hidden Pearls -- Part I

Cinema’s Hidden Pearls – Part I

By Alex Simon

One of nature’s rarest items, a pearl is produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. Truly flawless pearls are infrequently produced in nature, and as a result, the pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable. Hidden pearls exist in the world of movies, as well: films that, in spite of being brilliantly crafted and executed, never got the audience they deserved beyond a cult following.

Here are a few of our favorite hidden pearls in the world of film:

1. Night Moves (1975)

Director Arthur Penn hit three home runs in a row with the trifecta of Bonnie & Clyde, Alice’s Restaurant and Little Big Man,
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Indie Spotlight: Never Let Go, L.A. Macabre, Burning Dead, Knock Knock

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for Never Let Go, new episode details from L.A. Macabre and How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, the short film Knock Knock, a Q&A featuring The Walking Dead‘s Amber Dawn Fox, and much more:

Never Let Go Trailer and Premiere Details: “Here is a sneak preview of what’s up for grabs at the Berlin Film Festival later this week – Howard J Ford’s (Director/Producer Co-Writer of ‘The Dead 1&2″) latest epic Never Let Go. Shot in Morocco, Spain and the Us, the film tells the story of Lisa, a single mother (played by Angela Dixon) who takes the law into her own hands to get back her abducted child. The completed film will screen at Cannes Market in May.

Howard Ford said today:
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First trailer for Howard J. Ford’s ‘Never Let Go’

As promised back in early December when we broke news on the film entering post-production, the first trailer for Howard J Ford’s (Director/Producer Co-Writer of The Dead 1 & 2) latest film, the child abduction thriller Never Let Go, has landed – just in time for the Berlin Film Festival!

Shot in Morocco, Spain and the Us, Never Let Go tells the story of Lisa, a single mother played by Angela Dixon, who takes the law into her own hands to get back her abducted child. Also starring is Bafta award winning actress Lisa Eichhorn; along with Rami Nasr, Nigel Whitmey, Velibor Topic, Heather Peace, Sarah Perles, Michael Xavier, and Samantha Bolter.

Announcing the trailer debut, Howard Ford adds:

Having nearly lost my own child whilst on holiday in Malta, I have experienced briefly first hand that feeling of all-encompassing dread as you fear the absolute worst. I became intrigued by this
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Never Let Go Updates with New Stills

Acclaimed director Howard J Ford’s latest feature Never Let Go has entered post production, Shot under wraps in Morocco, Spain Us and the UK, the action thriller follows the harrowing journey of Lisa, a single mother (played by Angela Dixon) whose daughter is abducted whilst on holiday. In a desperate race against time Lisa will stop at nothing to find her missing child. Also starring is Bafta award winning actress Lisa Eichhorn.

Writer/Director Howard, famed for … Continue reading →

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Child abduction thriller ‘Never Let Go’ enters post-prod.

Acclaimed director Howard J Ford’s latest feature Never Let Go has entered post production. Shot under wraps in Morocco, Spain Us and the UK, the action thriller follows the harrowing journey of Lisa, a single mother (played by Angela Dixon) whose daughter is abducted whilst on holiday. In a desperate race against time Lisa will stop at nothing to find her missing child. Also starring is Bafta award winning actress Lisa Eichhorn.

Writer/dDirector Howard, famed for the The Dead 1 & 2, states:

I want to take audiences on a very believable but nerve shredding journey that throws them into the visceral plight that is the worst fear of parents everywhere. There are tragically so many missing children out there, it’s something that affects people deeply all over the world and my hope is that this film does not only work dramatically but also forms part of maintaining awareness of
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Steven Soderbergh Month: ‘King of the Hill’ resounds with historical empathy

When a filmmaker creates a period piece, the audience will expect certain details to be highlighted as an effort of world-building and cinematic magic. They are commonly referred to as costume dramas, a display of a large amount of money pumped into costume and set design to amaze modern audiences in their plight for historicity. With The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann was able to milk our infatuation to the point that several men’s fashion designers crafted clothing lines around the film. There are anywhere from one to three big pictures like this each year that will flaunt their stars in period-perfect garb, take home their Best Picture Oscar, and fall into obscurity. What may rescue many of these films is their ability to not simply match the look of the past, but its feeling, the atmosphere of the times that helps audiences relate to characters long dead and presented in unimaginable circumstances.
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Interview: Director David Spaltro Explores Faith in ‘Things I Don’t Understand’

Chicago – Five years after earning praise for his directorial debut, “…Around,” indie filmmaker David Spaltro has returned behind the camera to deliver his second feature. The film, “Things I Don’t Understand” may be many things, but a sophomore slump it is not. Its assured craftsmanship, fine performances and provocative themes have made it one of the most buzzed-about pictures on the festival circuit.

Molly Ryman stars as Violet, a jaded grad student who develops a friendship with two outsiders—a mysterious bartender, Parker (Aaron Mathias), and a cancer-stricken teen, Sara (Grace Folsom). Meanwhile, Violet’s eccentric roommates, Gabby (Meissa Hampton) and Remy (Hugo Dillon), struggle to avoid getting evicted from their cozy loft. Beautifully lensed by cinematographer Gus Sacks, the film explores faith, doubt, friendship and the beauty that can be found in catharsis. Spaltro served as writer, producer, director and editor on the picture, which has already garnered various awards this year.
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70 Things We Love About Barbra Streisand, in Honor of Her 70th Birthday

Which is more shocking: the fact that Barbra Streisand turns 70 years old today, or the fact that she's been famous for more than 50 of them? Bottom line, everything about Barbara Joan Streisand is astounding, and we've compiled 70 accomplishments, songs, performances, and trivia items to celebrate about the most accomplished female vocalist of the past century. Don your naughtiest Owl and the Pussycat lingerie and jump along with us through a haphazard history of the woman who dazzled Broadway, dumbfounded Ryan O'Neal (I am obsessed with What's Up, Doc?), and has remained larger than life for longer than anyone else.

1. "People"

2. Geri Cusensa invented the crimping iron for and because of Barbra Streisand.

3. She played opposite Joan Rivers (in a pseudo-lesbian role) in an off-off-Broadway drama called Driftwood.

4. The cover of 1978's Superman album is flawless.

5. Her spitfire comic delivery and amazing tan in What's Up, Doc?

6. "Get Happy/Happy Days
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DVD Playhouse--February 2012

DVD Playhouse—February 2012

By Allen Gardner

To Kill A Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition (Universal) Robert Mulligan’s film of Harper Lee’s landmark novel pits a liberal-minded lawyer (Gregory Peck) against a small Southern town’s racism when defending a black man (Brock Peters) on trumped-up rape charges. One of the 1960s’ first landmark films, a truly stirring human drama that hits all the right notes and isn’t dated a bit. Robert Duvall makes his screen debut (sans dialogue) as the enigmatic Boo Radley. DVD and Blu-ray double edition. Bonuses: Two feature-length documentaries: Fearful Symmetry and A Conversation with Gregory Peck; Featurettes; Excerpts and film clips from Gregory Peck’s Oscar acceptance speech and AFI Lifetime Achievement Award; Commentary by Mulligan and producer Alan J. Pakula; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 2.0 mono.

Outrage: Way Of The Yakuza (Magnolia) After a brief hiatus from his signature oeuvre of Japanese gangster flicks,
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Opposing Force (aka Hell Camp) DVD Review!

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The Movie Pool joins the first-ever Opposing Force (aka Hell Camp) DVD!

The Set-up

An overzealous military camp commander (Anthony Zerbe) abuses a female soldier (Lisa Eichhorn) during torture training, leading her comrade (Tom Skerritt) to take serious measures to stop his brutality. Also stars Richard Roundtree.

Directed by: Eric Karson

The Delivery

Originally released under the title Hell Camp, this 1986 military drama pre-dates G.I. Jane by over a decade, but it was more brutal and not nearly as stylized as the later Demi Moore debacle. Golden Globe nominee Lisa Eichhorn stars as Casey, an Air Force pilot who volunteers for  a brutal survival training exercise, only to fall victim to a sadistic commander named Becker, played by Anthony Zerbe. Becker decides Casey must learn the harsh realities of being a possible prisoner of war, so he rapes her "for her own good." 

This doesn't sit well with Logan (Tom Skerritt
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Movie Review - Things I Don't Understand (2011)

Things I Don’t Understand, 2011.

Written and Directed by David Spaltro.

Starring Molly Ryman, Aaron Mathias, Grace Folsom, Lisa Eichhorn, Hugo Dillon, Meissa Hampton and Eleanor Wilson.

Synopsis:

A detached graduate student forms a cathartic bond with a terminally ill girl and a damaged bartender as she and her artist roommates face eviction from their Brooklyn loft.

Independent filmmaker David Spaltro made his feature debut back in 2007 with …Around, a “personal love-letter to New York City” that enjoyed a solid festival run before gaining online distribution and premiering on PBS in the United States this past Christmas. Now he returns with his second film, another NYC-centric indie drama entitled Things I Don’t Understand, which sees Spaltro reunite with …Around star Molly Ryman, who leads the cast here as Violet Kubelick (Molly Ryman), a brilliant but emotionally fragile young grad student struggling to complete a thesis on near-death experiences and
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Cutter's Way; Akira — review

A 30th-anniversary reissue for 80s curio Cutter's Way finds Jeff Bridges in sports jacket, open-necked shirt and jeans, a look he carries off with nonchalant ease, luxuriant hair and the tidiest of moustaches. Set in Santa Barbara, this is Californian noir, as Bridges's yacht salesman Bone is caught in a plot to blackmail a local industrialist, egged on by crippled Vietnam vet Cutter, raucously played by John Heard. There is much to like (Lisa Eichhorn's alcoholic Mo is rather wonderful), although the film's climax, with a runaway horse and people knocking over buffet tables in a big mansion, is straight out of Hart to Hart.

Celebrating 20 years with a reissued digital clean-up, Japanese manga masterpiece Akira returns to big screens. Although this particular cyberpunk, post-apocalypse style has never appealed to me, it undoubtedly retains a fiendishly inventive sci-fi plot and boasts remarkable cinematic scope for hand-painted animation.

CrimeJeff BridgesAnimationJapanJason Solomons

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Cutter’S Way returns to cinemas; Josh Olson loves it.

The UK’s Park Circus Releasing is putting Cutter’s Way back where it belongs and Josh writes the film a love letter.

Park Circus is doing magical work over in the UK, distributing classic (and lost classic) films and returning them to the movie screens that they deserve to be seen on. They’re most recent release is the forgotten 1981 film Cutter’s Way, which returns to UK cinemas this weekend as part of a 2-month-long BFI retrospective of the great Jeff Bridges.

I know that Joe Dante’s not much of a fan of this particular movie, but prolific Tfh-favorite Josh Olson certainly is. We ran his trailer commentary just a couple of months ago.

And now he’s popped up over on the Park Circus blog, putting his pen where his mouth is and writing quite the ode to the film:

The film hit me like a bomb.
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This week's new films

Bridesmaids (15)

(Paul Feig, 2011, Us) Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, 125 mins.

Having recovered from the shocking revelation that women can be funny, rude, and entertaining in the absence of men, we can at last put the debates and Hangover comparisons this movie has prompted behind us now and just enjoy a satisfying prenuptial comedy. Led by Wiig's anxious maid of honour, it certainly matches male equivalents in the grossness stakes at times, but it also finds deeper, smarter ways to make us laugh.

Incendies (15)

(Denis Villeneuve, 2010, Can/Fra) Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette. 131 mins.

A mother's death sets her two children on an investigation into their personal and political history in this powerful mystery, set in an unnamed Middle Eastern country.

Countdown To Zero (Nc)

(Lucy Walker, 2010, Us) 89 mins.

Not got enough things to worry about? That's because you forgot about the threat of nuclear annihilation that still hangs over us.
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