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Level Up Review

Gamer culture is a funny thing. Virtual soldiers of fortune sit comfortably on their plushy, safely-indoor couches, while screaming obscenities and egotistical insults into a headset microphone. It takes a movie like Level Up to put some of these arm-chair warriors in their respective places, useful with only a Cheeto-dusted controller in their hands. Yet, as far as “fantasy becomes reality” movies are concerned, Adam Randall’s kidnapping take is a bit more boiled-down than other more frantic, high-stakes efforts. Think Call Of Duty meets Grand Theft Auto, except Randall’s dangerous trajectory lacks any gameplay meat on its proverbial bones. Bad might turn to worse, but never in an adrenaline-pumping, action-ready kind of way. Not a glitchy mess, but more like a beta test?

Josh Bowman stars as the slacker-happy Matt, who spends most of his days playing video games and getting piss drunk. His girlfriend Anna (Leila Mimmack
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Film Review: ‘Level Up’

Film Review: ‘Level Up’
From the original “D.O.A.” through “Run Lola Run,” there are no shortage of genuinely exciting thrillers in which a panicked lone protagonist had a very narrow window of time in which to find an elusive solution to the menace that suddenly threatens their lives and/or those of loved ones. But that template has been used more and more frequently in recent years, leaving a competent but uninspired exercise like “Level Up” most notable for the sense of déjà vu it generates.

Director/co-scenarist Adam Randall’s first feature sends Josh Bowman of ABC’s long-running intrigue “Revenge” scurrying around London on a mission to save his girlfriend from unknown kidnappers. Admirable as a demonstration of resourcefulness within modest budget confines, and watchable enough, this suspenser nonetheless fails to come up with anything original or memorable in the realms of plotting, atmosphere, or character invention. In the U.
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Watch the trailer for thriller Level Up

Ahead of its Us release this Friday, a trailer has arrived online for director Adam Randall’s upcoming thriller Level Up which stars Josh Bowman, Leila Mimmack, Neil Maskell and Doc Brown; take a look below after the official synopsis…

Matt and Anna are a young couple living in London. Anna is starting her career working as a paralegal whilst Matt is struggling to find direction in life. After an unsuccessful date night they go to bed on an argument. The next morning, masked thugs kidnap Anna as she leaves for work before assaulting Matt, locking him into a vest-like contraption. Matt is given a mobile phone and told the vest contains a package. If he wants to see Anna again he must follow instructions provided by text message to deliver the package. If he fails to follow an instruction or tries to seek help then they will kill Anna.
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Watch the thrilling trailer for ‘Level Up’; Coming soon to home platforms

We have a thrilling new trailer to share from the upcoming Level Up which hits Digital Download from 5th September, 2016 and then Blu-Ray & DVD from 19th September, 2016.

Matt (Josh BowmanRevenge), a directionless 20 something and one half of a young couple living in London has an unsuccessful date night with his girlfriend, Anna (Leila Mimmack – TV’s Home Fires), and they go to bed on an argument. The next morning, masked thugs kidnap Anna as she leaves for work before assaulting Matt, locking him into a body vest containing a package and giving him a mobile phone. If Matt wants to see his girlfriend alive again he must follow the instructions being delivered by text message and deliver the package. Over the course of one, high-octane day Matt must make his way across an increasingly strange and sinister London as a host of characters and situations attempt to prevent him
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‘Level Up’ Exclusive Clip: A Hardcore Gamer Enters a Twisted Scheme To Save His Kidnapped Girlfriend

‘Level Up’ Exclusive Clip: A Hardcore Gamer Enters a Twisted Scheme To Save His Kidnapped Girlfriend
Though the harshest critics of video games claim that they have no real-life value, sometimes they can come in handy. The new British thriller “Level Up” innately understands how those skills might be put to good use in a terrifying situation. The film follows Matt (Josh Bowman) and Anna (Leila Mimmack), a young couple living in London whose relationship is on the rocks. While Anna is starting her career, Matt struggles to find purpose in life, spending most of his time playing video games. One morning, masked thugs break into his apartment and kidnap Anna, but not before locking Matt into a mysterious vest. Now, Matt must follow a series of complicated, dangerous instructions to deliver a package somewhere on the streets of London in order to save his girlfriend. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: IFC Films Picks Up ‘King Cobra,’ FilmBuff
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[Review] Level Up

You watch enough hero-backed-into-a-corner action films like Crank, Taken, or The Equalizer and you start to find your mind drifting away from the sheer monotony of their progression. Their characters are built to survive these situations no matter how dire because people want to see the good guy win. They want to see him risk everything, travel in the murky areas of morality, and be the badass society doesn’t allow them to be, but that ultimate victory is key because escapism only works when your surrogate onscreen walks away. How else could there be a sequel? But what happens when a Joe Schmo is thrust into proving his mettle through the same type of scenario? What would those films look like through a Shaun of the Dead filter?

The answer arrives in the form of Adam Randall‘s Level Up, a high-concept thriller wherein slacker Matt (Josh Bowman) is
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Watch: Official Trailer for UK Kidnap Game Action Thriller 'Level Up'

"Keep your eye on the prize, Matthew." FilmBuff has unveiled an official Us trailer for an action thriller called Level Up, about a deadbeat gamer whose beautiful girlfriend is kidnapped. In order to find her, he must deliver a package following the instructions sent to him on a mobile phone the kidnappers give him. Starring Josh Bowman, Leila Mimmack, Christina Wolfe, Neil Maskell, William Houston and Kulvinder Ghir. There's really nothing interesting about this, and the concept isn't that new, especially with Nerve this year and the Crank movies previously and so many other movies just like this. I dig the colorful hats the kidnappers are wearing, but that's about the only original idea in this trailer. Have a look. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Adam Randall's Level Up, direct from FilmBuff's YouTube: A deadbeat gamer's girlfriend is kidnapped. Her kidnappers keep in contact with him by phone,
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Film Acquisition Roundup: IFC Films Picks Up ‘King Cobra,’ FilmBuff Wants To ‘Level Up’ And More

Film Acquisition Roundup: IFC Films Picks Up ‘King Cobra,’ FilmBuff Wants To ‘Level Up’ And More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Justin Kelly’s “King Cobra.” The film, written and directed by Kelly, stars James Franco, Christian Slater, Garrett Clayton, Keegan Allen, Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald. It had its world premiere in the Midnight section of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

The film “centers on Sean Lockhart – seventeen and boyishly handsome – who dreams of fame and success even though he’s broke and without direction. When he meets the seemingly conservative Stephen, founder of Cobra Video, he starts to perform in gay porn under the moniker ‘Brent Corrigan,’ creating a slew of wildly successful videos during which he blossoms from a naïve young man into a confident sex symbol. When rival porn producers Joe,
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Midwinter Of The Spirit episode 3 review

ITV's Midwinter Of The Spirit heads into its ultimate good vs evil showdown with a fast-paced barnstormer of a finale...

This review contains spoilers.

“You are not ready! Spiritually, or mentally!” yells Rev. Huw Owens (David Threlfall) midway through the final fifty-minute instalment of Midwinter Of The Spirit. If you’ve made it this far into the three-parter, you’ve already been spiritually and mentally tested with a crucifixion murder, the desecration of a local church, and lots – and lots – of character cigarette breaks. You’re ready for a finale of heel-face turns, shocks, and jittery SFX that look like nicotine withdrawal. But us viewers aren’t the yell-ees for Huw – that’s Merrily Watkins (Anna Maxwell-Martin) he’s shouting at, still swaying from her daughter (Sally Messham) having pissed off with a Satanic restaurateur (Siobhan Finneran) at the end of the previous episode, plus that pesky demonic possession thing
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Midwinter Of The Spirit episode 2 review

ITV's wickedly wonderful Midwinter Of The Spirit continues to provide more intrigue than you can shake a crucifix at...

This review contains spoilers.

Life – and death, it turns out – sure ain’t easy for Deliverance Minister Merrily Watkins (Anna Maxwell-Martin), what with her having just found colleague and crazy old coot Canon Dobbs (David Sterne, making an early exit) chilling at home with a slit throat. But that’s just the latest strife she’s been saddled with since taking on her new Exorcist job – there’s that crucifixion killer still at large to deal with; the dead Satanist that keeps showing up to poke at the cut she’s got festering on her hand; and trouble from her teenage daughter (Sally Messham), who’s taken to hanging out with a middle-aged woman she met in a pub toilet. Boy, Merrily, it sure must suck a witch’s deathly cold
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Competition: Win a copy of Brit horror ‘The Sleeping Room’ on DVD

The Sleeping Room is a new independent British horror set in Brighton. The film follows British call girl Blue (Leila Mimmack) to an old Victorian house where she meets up with her client Bill (Joseph Beattie), who is currently renovating the building. Apparently not interested in sex, Bill shows Blue around the house and reveals that it was once the location of a brothel with a dark past. Stumbling upon an old Mutoscope showing homemade snuff films depicting violent murders, Bill and Blue attempt to uncover the mystery of the hooded figure committing the crimes…

To win a copy of The Sleeping Room on DVD, just answer the following question:

The Sleeping Room also stars British actress Julie Graham. But what TV series is Graham most famous for? Is it:

a) Men Behaving Badly

b) Doc Martin

c) William and Mary

Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com, making sure
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DVD Review – The Sleeping Room (2014)

The Sleeping Room, 2014.

Directed by John Shackleton.

Starring Julie Graham, Leila Mimmack, David Sibley, Christopher Adamson, Joseph Beattie, Chris Waller and Billy Chainsaw.

Synopsis:

A Brighton call-girl and her client awaken a ghostly presence in an old Victorian brothel.

Set in the Sussex coastal town of Brighton, The Sleeping Room stars Leila Mimmack (Becoming Human) as Blue, a young prostitute who is sent on a job by her boss Cynthia (Julie GrahamTower Block) to meet with Bill. Bill (Joseph BeattieVelvet Goldmine) is renovating an old Victorian brothel for a client but the building has a dark history, one that Blue and Bill delve into once they discover a two-way mirror that backs onto a secret ‘sleeping room’, a place where the in-house prostitutes of the day would sleep between jobs. However, what they discover about the brothel and its previous owner Fiskin (Christopher AdamsonRazor Blade Smile) reveals
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Midwinter of The Spirit

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20 year old newcomer Sally Messham, a final year student at Rada, has been cast as Jane Watkins, the daughter of exorcist Merrily, in ITV Encore’s new three-part drama Midwinter of the Spirit.

Sally (represented by Curtis Brown), will leave Rada early to take up the role alongside the double BAFTA award-winning actress Anna Maxwell-Martin who leads the cast as Merrily Watkins, a single mother who isn’t your average country vicar.

Merrily’s newly acquired training has put her on the dark side of the pulpit. She’s become one of the few women priests working as an exorcist - a job increasingly mistrusted by the modern Church and rarely talked about, even though it operates in virtually every diocese in the UK.

Merrily is deeply human in her doubts and scepticism, but her knowledge of the paranormal underworld brings her to the notice of local police who need
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David Threlfall, Anna Maxwell-Martin for ITV's Midwinter of the Spirit

David Threlfall and Anna Maxwell-Martin have been confirmed to star in ITV's Midwinter of the Spirit.

The pair will lead the three-part supernatural crime drama, which begins production in Herefordshire this month.

The series follows country vicar Merrily Watkins (Maxwell-Martin), who is one of the few women priests working as an exorcist in the UK. When a grisly murder takes place in her local area, the police come calling for her assistance.

Threlfall, who previously starred in Shameless, will play Rev Huw Owen, Watkins's mentor.

The series will air on ITV Encore and is based on the books by novelist Phil Rickman. Stephen Volk (The Awakening) will write the screenplay for the adaptation.

Also confirmed to star in the drama are Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley, Downton Abbey), Ben Bailey Smith (Law and Order: UK), Leila Mimmack (Home Fires), Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones), Simon Trinder (Dalziel and Pascoe), Oengus MacNamara
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Release date announced for Frightfest flick ‘The Sleeping Room’

Following its UK premiere at FrightFest, Second Sight have announced the UK rights acquisition of acclaimed supernatural tale of Victorian revenge, The Sleeping Room.

The directorial debut of John Shackleton (Writer/Producer Panic Button) the film will make its UK debut On-Demand and Download on 27th April 2015 and DVD on 11th May 2015. Produced by Gareth I. Davies, The Sleeping Room marks Movie Mogul’s second feature.

Orphaned 19 year-old Brighton call girl Blue (Leila MimmackBecoming Human) is sent by her violent pimp Freddie (David SibleyDownton Abbey) and his blowsy partner Cynthia (Julie GrahamTower Block) to meet a new punter in Brighton, unaware of the horrifying impact it will have on her life. As Blue begins to fall for the quirky charms of her client Bill Hepworth (Joseph BeattieHex), she’s even more intrigued by the grand Regency terraced house that he is renovating; a once infamous Victorian brothel.
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7 & 7 books horror Sleeping Room

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7 & 7 books horror Sleeping Room
Exclusive: UK sales outfit to shop horror at Afm.

7 & 7 Producers’ Sales Service has picked up Movie Mogul’s The Sleeping Room for foreign sales at the American Film Market next month.

Set in an off-season, present day Brighton, revenge horror The Sleeping Room world premiered during London’s Film4 Frightfest in August.

Leila Mimmack, Joseph Beattie, Julie Graham star in the feature from writer-director-producer John Shackleton (Panic Button).

7&7’s Maura Ford commented: “John has created a real chiller in the classic British style: horror with intelligence and mystery - a combination that is sure to appeal to a broad international audience.”

Shackleton said: “Whilst very much a horror film, I never set out to make a cookie-cut genre piece. 7&7 are our ideal partners, not least for their vast experience but for their collaborative approach in international sales, perfect for the next stage of the film’s journey.”
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Frightfest 2014: ‘The Sleeping Room’ Review

Stars: Leila Mimmack, Joseph Beattie, David Sibley, Julie Graham, Chris Waller, Christopher Adamson, Lucy Clements, Billy Chainsaw, Mike Altmann | Written by John Shackleton, Alex Chandon, Ross Jameson | Directed by John Shackleton

The feature-film directorial debut of John Shackleton, one of the producers at Movie Mogul, the company behind 2011′s fantastic Panic Button (which also debuted at Frightfest the same year), if there’s one film I was looking forward to seeing at this years Frightfest it was The Sleeping Room. I was one of the few the extolled the virtues of Media Mogul’s first foray into filmmaking and I was eager to see what they’d bring to the table with this film.

And I wasn’t disappointed.

The polar opposite of Panic Button’s “Social Network meets Saw” story, The Sleeping Room is the type of film Britain used to be known for, the type of film that,
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FrightFest 2014 Review: The Sleeping Room

Call girls never seem to learn. In the movies they are always falling for their johns, and that frequently doesn’t work out so well. It definitely goes bad quickly in The Sleeping Room. In the lovely coastal town of Brighton, in the United Kingdom, young lady of the night Blue (Leila Mimmack) makes the mistake of falling for Bill (Joseph Beattie), a newcomer to town who is rehabbing an old building that houses some very nasty secrets.

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Film4 FrightFest's Amazing 2014 Line-up Announced! New Images Revealed!

The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.

Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!

This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.

All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.

Here's the full list of goodies:

Main Screens (5, 6, 7)

Thursday Aug 21

Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)

Director: Adam Wingard. Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser. USA 2014. 99 mins.
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Frightfest 2014 – Full Line-up Announced

Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.

Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.

From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show
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