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On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 29-Jan. 4 It’s a slow week for new releases, with only three titles to choose from … The Equalizer (pictured) McCall, who has put his mysterious past behind him, comes out of self-retirement to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless. Denzel Washington, Melissa Leo (R, 2:11) 12/30 Viking: The Berserkers In Dark Ages Britain, a group of young Saxons are captured by a clan of fearsome Viking warriors and used as prey in a ritualistic manhunt. Sol Heras, Simon Armstrong, Anthony Baines (Nyr) 1/1 (Rec) 4: Apocalypse A mysterious virus, which turns people into demons, … Continue reading →
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- Meredith Ennis
The Game of Thrones actor will star alongside David Bailie, Nick Cornwall, Andrew Whipp and Duran Fulton Brown in the sci-fi thriller written and directed by Ayoub Qanir, whose previous films include Koyakatsi and Human After All.
Armstrong said: “As an actor you don’t read enough scripts like this. Original, intriguing and very, very dark. What’s not to like?”
British cinematographer Polly Morgan is also on board the film, which centres on a man who awakens in an Interpol interrogation room to find his memories have been replaced and his identity lost.
“The relationship between technology and the human experience has always been fascinating to me and I had recently read an article about individual perception »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Guy Ritchie, the stylish Brit behind the hyperkinetic one-two punch that was Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, hasn’t made a great crime comedy since 2008′s RocknRolla (blame Warner Bros., which keeps throwing Ritchie big fish like Sherlock Holmes and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.). It might be a while until the auteur bounces back with another instant classic but in the meantime, at least we have Black Out, a mostly clever and entertaining Dutch flick that mimics Ritchie’s furious editing technique, convoluted storytelling and zany characters so meticulously that it almost managed to convince me it was doing something original.
That’s a diss, sure, but originality has never been a requirement in cinema; on the contrary, it’s so rare that we wildly applaud whenever we do see it. And to be fair, Ritchie stood on the shoulders of other filmmakers »
- Isaac Feldberg
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