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Beta Test Invites You to Play a Sci-fi Thrill Ride: Release Details

5 August 2016 11:25 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Mirror Images has released Beta Test this week. A blend of sci-fi and thriller, the film follows Max as he tests out a new video game. But, this is no game. What Max does in the game - happens in reality. This title was shot in Seattle, Washington. Releasing on multiple platforms, the film stars: Larenz Tate (Menace II Society), Manu Bennett (30 Days of Night), Yuji Okumoto (Inception), and Linden Ashby (Mortal Kombat). An overview of the film's recent launch is hosted here. The film's trailer is slightly revealing. It shows characters Max and Creed teaming up, under hostile circumstances. Someone is controlling them from behind a digital curtain. And, these two must do anything and everything to find him. Beta Test is available on all home entertainment platforms. Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Video-on-demand, this title is being sold exclusively at the Mirror Images Ltd website, found below. Fans »

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Movie Review – Beta Test (2015)

22 July 2016 5:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Beta Test, 2015.

Directed by Nicholas Gyeney.

Starring Larenz Tate, Manu Bennett, Linden Ashby, and Yuji Okumoto



Super-gamer Max Troy (Larenz Tate) is beta testing what’s promised to be a fully immersive interactive experience by Sentinel Entertainment. He quickly discovers that his in-game actions are being mirrored in the real world by the mind-controlled Orson Creed (Manu Bennett), a mega-tough disgruntled ex-employee of Sentinel. After completing various ‘game’ missions with the help of his real-world avatar, Max decides to take down the Sentinel corporation and diffuse their evil scheme.

Nicholas Gyeney co-writes, co-produces and directs a fun and simple throwback to the action movies of the 80’s with a fun high concept. Gyeney has pitched his film as a cross between Die Hard and The Firm, but its low-budget future-shock setting of a corporation-ruled city conjures both Vehoeven’s Robocop and Cameron’s original Terminator.

It begins promisingly, with »

- Mark Bartlett

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 22, 2016)

21 July 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

For July, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 22. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


Ice Age: Collision Course

Director: Galen T. Chu, Mike Thermeier

Cast: Adam DeVine, Jennifer Lopez, Melissa Rauch

Synopsis: Scrat’s epic pursuit of his elusive acorn catapults him outside of Earth, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the planet. »

- Steve Greene

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