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Inherent Vice Review

26 minutes ago

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson.

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Joana Newsom, Jordan Christian Hearn, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Hong Chau, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon.

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 148 minutes

Synopsis: Feckless Pi, Doc Sportello (Phoenix), is asked to investigate a supposed plot to commit land tycoon, Michael Z. Wolfmann (Roberts), to a loony bin.

Paul Thomas Anderson is quite simply one of the greatest directors of his generation, maybe even The greatest. But with any great director, there are usually stumbling blocks along the way. Spielberg, Scorsese, and more recently Nolan, have all given us films that weren’t necessarily up to the ridiculous standards they set for themselves. Unfortunately, with Inherent Vice, Anderson doesn’t so much stumble, as he does plummet head first into the ground, crashing through all the good work he’s done over the last two decades plus. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Luke Evans Finally Stones ‘The Crow’

3 hours ago

He’s been attached to the movie reboot for a while, but Luke Evans’ patience has clearly run out with news of his departure from The Crow. Evans originally signed when F. Javier Gutierrez was in the director’s chair, but when he moved on the production got delayed. Corin Hardy has been brought in to line the lenses, but the meteoric rise of the film’s star has led Relativity to hunt for a new Eric Draven.

The franchise started in 1994 and instantly gained cult status via the on-set death of Brandon Lee (son of Bruce), who was killed by a malfunctioning firearm. Lee played Draven, a rock star who rises from the grave as a ghostly avenger after he and his fiancee are brutally murdered by a gang. Adapted from James O’Barr’s comic book, it spawned three sequels and a short-lived TV series.

Evans made no »

- Steve Palace

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A Most Violent Year Review

4 hours ago

Director: J.C. Chandor

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino, Peter Gerety, Jerry Adler, Annie Funke

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 125 minutes

Synopsis: During the cold winter of 1981, an honourable and ambitious immigrant is forced to fight and protect his business and family from the corruption and unscrupulousness sweeping New York City.


Margin Call’s J.C Chandor continues to prove how masterful he is at balancing understated boldness with restrained menace in his latest film A Most Violent Year. The film’s metaphoric contradictions will have you transfixed from the get go: attentively attuned to the thrilling, fast-paced action one second and then… Bam! You’re frustrated beyond belief because the pace of this gripping film is so sluggishly steady it’ll have you begging the screen ‘C’mon – give me something’! It’s The Godfather in warm yellow tones, but not. It’s about principled capitalism, »

- Sacha Hall

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Kingsman: The Secret Service Review

18 hours ago

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton

Certificate: 12A

Running Time: 129 minutes

Synopsis: A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart under his wing.

Mark Miller and Matthew Vaughn (the team who brought audiences the blood-stained joy of Kick-ass) are back with Kingsman: The Secret Service, a new take on the spy film that is riotous fun and full of surprises.

When a spot opens up, each of the Kingsman spies are asked to nominate a potential candidate to take on that position. While most nominate someone of a higher class, wealth and position in society, one nominates the son of a former colleague – after getting him out of jail that is. Eggsy is persuaded to try out but the fish-out-of-water dynamic certainly presents a few challenges and as his relationship with his mentor grows, his hidden potential starts to reveal itself.

First off, there is an incredible ensemble cast to consider. »

- Amanda Keats

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Rutina Wesley To Meet The Red Dragon In ‘Hannibal’

24 January 2015 5:00 AM, PST

She’s best known for playing the headstrong Tara in True Blood, but for her next role Rutina Wesley encounters a human monster in the third season of Hannibal. Wesley plays Reba McClane, infamous to readers of the Thomas Harris source novels as the woman who got close to Francis Dolarhyde.

Unbeknownst to her, he is the Tooth Fairy, the serial killer at the heart of first Lecter bestseller Red Dragon – however her blindness makes her literally unseeing as to his true nature. Richard Armitage has been cast as Dolarhyde. The characters were portrayed by Emily Watson and Ralph Fiennes in the 2002 movie adaptation and by Joan Allen and Tom Noonan in Michael Mann’s 1986 version Manhunter.

Wesley and Armitage join new cast member Joe Anderson, who replaces Michael Pitt as Mason Verger. It looks like showrunner Bryan Fuller is really starting to blend the worlds of the series and the books, »

- Steve Palace

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Win ‘What We Did On Our Holiday’ On Blu-ray!

24 January 2015 2:30 AM, PST

The creators of the smash-hit BBC Comedy series Outnumbered bring further lively family dynamics to the screen with What We Did On Our Holiday. Starring David Tennant, Rosamund Pike and Billy Connolly this superb modern comedy will be available to own on DVD and Blu-ray from 26th January and we’ve got 3 to giveaway on Blu-ray!

Doug (Tennant), his wife Abi (Pike) and their children visit the Scottish highlands to celebrate Doug’s father Gordie’s (Connolly) 75th birthday. The couple intend to keep their impending divorce a secret from the unwell Gordie during their trip, but soon discover that with three quick-witted children in tow honesty might have to be the best policy.

With a sharp, semi-improvised script and scenes of real poignancy, What We Did On Our Holiday is an uplifting and irresistibly charming comedy-drama that’s guaranteed to warm your heart.

To be in with a chance of winning, »

- Dan Bullock

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The Flash 1.9 Blog: The Man In The Yellow Suit Review [Contains Spoilers]

23 January 2015 1:30 PM, PST

Director: Ralph Hemecker

Writers: Todd Helbing & Aaron Helbing

Cast: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Rick Cosnett, Jesse L. Martin, John Wesley Shipp and Robbie Amell.

Synopsis: Barry finds himself face-to-face with his nemesis, the man in the yellow suit, a.k.a. Reverse Flash, who killed his mother.


After eight episodes of the superb superhero television show, we have now arrived at the mid-season finale. With the bar set higher than ever after Barry and his friends crossed paths with team Arrow in the preceding two-part story (check out my review), ‘The Man in The Yellow Suit’ has an awful lot to live up to. Thankfully, this delightfully festive story delivers yet another great hour of action, whilst also (finally) revealing the true identity of the man who murdered Barry’s mother.

The episode begins with a high-speed chase through central city between The Flash »

- Ben Read

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Plans Afoot To Stage A ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Musical!

23 January 2015 11:41 AM, PST

The death of Robin Williams devastated the world late last year. It was a news story that many could not believe or indeed want to believe. He was gone. A Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb may have been his final performance on screen, save a vocal part in the Simon Pegg starrer Absolutely Anything, but his film legacy is still alive, even if Hollywood is intent on keeping it so by rehashing some of his old work. This is a little different however as news reaches us today that plans are afoot to bring one of his most beloved movies to the stage.

Mrs. Doubtfire was probably one of Williams’ finest movies, and probably one of the best comedies of the 1990s. Now Alan Menken and Harvey Fierstein are said to be behind a stage version of the film, according to EW.

“It’s going very well, »

- Paul Heath

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Gary Sinise And More Rumoured To Join The ‘Suicide Squad’

23 January 2015 11:30 AM, PST

The upcoming Suicide Squad adaptation from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated blockbusters of the next few years. Not only will David Ayer (Fury) helm the large scale project, but the film also boasts an all-star cast consisting of Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Jared Leto.

However, this past week has seen the production hit a minor speed bump with the unexpected departure of Tom Hardy. It was initially assumed that Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) would replace the Dark Knight Rises star in the role of Rick Flag, however it has since been revealed that he declined the invitation. Now, two more potential candidates for the part of Flag have arisen, and they are certainly interesting choices!

Ayer is reportedly considering both Jon Bernthal and Joel Edgerton as Hardy’s replacement in the upcoming DC Comics adaptation. While Bernthal will be »

- Ben Read

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‘Interstellar’ Is Coming To Us Blu-Ray In March – Special Features Confirmed!

23 January 2015 11:18 AM, PST

One of the films that I enjoyed the most in 2014 was the superb Interstellar. No matter what you’ve heard from other critics, we loved here at Thn Towers and are very much looking forward to the home entertainment release, which we’ve just received some details for.

Word on the street is that the Blu-Ray and DVD will street in the Us on the 17th March (UK date still not confirmed). There’s some news out of the Us as what the release’s special features will be, as well as the box-art for the thing.

Here’s the special features (pretty juicy).

The Science of Interstellar—Extended cut of the broadcast special. Plotting an Interstellar Journey—Discusses the film’s origins, influences and narrative designs. Life on Cooper’s Farm—Bringing Americana and the grounded nature of a farm to a sci-fi space movie. The Dust—Learn how »

- Paul Heath

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Where Does Game Of Thrones Sit In The Pantheon Of Great Television Series?

23 January 2015 11:06 AM, PST

The hit television series Game of Thrones has become HBO’s stellar production over the course of the last five years, with the result that the channel recently took the unprecedented step of commissioning two seasons’ simultaneously. This should come as no surprise, especially with the culmination of the fourth season having generated the highest ratings of any season finale so far.

Its popularity and iconic status is certainly hard to deny, with a pre-season television promotion special having recently gone viral and generated incredible levels of speculation on the World Wide Web. Now that the details of the next season and an additional instalment beyond this have been confirmed, however, fans of the show can look forward to celebrating another great television spectacle that delivers tension, action and engrossing drama in abundance.

Is Game of Thrones the Greatest Television Series Ever?

With these points in mind, it is worth »

- David Agnew

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Bradley Cooper’s Elephant Man Heading To London Stage In May

23 January 2015 10:55 AM, PST

He’s currently wowing Broadway with his portrayal of Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man, and the production looks set to light up London’s West End in May. The three-time Academy Award nominee will appear at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from May 19th to Aug. 8th of this year.

The Elephant Man also stars seasoned film and theatre actors Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson.

“Never did we think we would have the privilege to perform this show on Broadway, let alone in London,” Cooper said to the press. “I’m honoured that Alessandro, Patricia, the entire company and I have the opportunity to continue to tell his story.”

The play’s New York run ends on the 21st February, just a day before Cooper attends the Academy Awards in Los Angeles where he is nominated in the Best Actor category for American Sniper.

Source: Daily Mail »

- Paul Heath

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Look: First Image From Official Kurt Documentary ‘Cobain: Montage of Heck’

23 January 2015 9:39 AM, PST

It’s the measure of a real icon when you can just say the name ‘Kurt’ and you instantaneously think of the late, legendary Nirvana front-man. Among the rumours, truths and lies that have circumnavigated his story ever since his untimely death in 1994 at the age of 27, there’s always been a hunger for something official to come out of the woodwork and finally, with Cobain: Montage Of Heck, it seems like we’ll see more of what’s behind the walls.

This look at Brett Morgen’s highly anticipated documentary, Cobain: Montage Of Heck, is the first ever, fully-authorized documentary that’s set to blend Cobain’s personal archive of art, music, written word, and never-before-seen home movies, with animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest confidantes.

The executive producer is his daughter Frances Bean and will debut internationally at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. »

- Dan Bullock

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Exclusive Clip From ‘The Gambler’ Starring Mark Wahlberg – In UK Cinemas Now

23 January 2015 9:11 AM, PST

It’s Friday, the edge of the weekend, nearly the first payday of 2015 and now things get even better with our exclusive clip from Mark Wahlberg’s new movie The Gambler that opens today in cinemas across the UK. Here’s a little background:

Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, »

- Dan Bullock

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Cads Of The First Water! A ‘Mortdecai’ Feature

23 January 2015 5:30 AM, PST

Charlie Mortdecai, the human shambles in a sharp suit, is leaping off the printed page into cinemas this week. Debonair, cultured and about as principled as a rat in the Queen’s cutlery drawer, he’s brought to life by none other than Johnny Depp. It isn’t the first time Depp has used those relatively fresh-faced looks to an advantage when portraying the morally-quagmired. The actor’s most famous ne’er do’well, Captain Jack Sparrow, is setting his dirty sails for a return in 2017. But Mortdecai is a different breed of fish to Sparrow – equally slippery, but more in the category of “cad”; a gentleman who should know better. A man not above using all means at his disposal, from the depraved to the downright duplicitous, to attain his murky goals. Like many of the best of this species, he comes armed with a moustache, a surfeit of »

- Steve Palace

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Theatre Review: Barnum (UK Tour)

23 January 2015 4:50 AM, PST

Director: Jean-Pierre Van der Spuy

Starring: Brian Conley, Linzi Hateley, Kimberly Blake, Landi Oshinowo, Mikey Jay-Heath and John Stacey

Synopsis: Come and run away to the circus with the World’s Greatest Showman for an evening of ‘humbugging’.

This is an evening full of music, acrobatics and excitement. Barnum is based on the book written by Mark Bramble about the world’s greatest showman, with lyrics and music by Michael Stewart and Cy Coleman respectively.

As you enter the theatre you are transported away to the big top, the atmosphere full of excitement as the circus comes to town. The lights and sights are tremendous with juggling and balancing acts surrounding you as the cast leap around the auditorium. You feel as if you are about to see an amazing circus show.

Pt Barnum is brilliantly performed by Brian Conley as the greatest showman on earth who fills the role well, »

- Katey Thompson

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Exclusive: Insightful ‘The Americans’ Season 2 Featurette & Interview

23 January 2015 4:45 AM, PST

The Americans is a TV Show unlike many others out there and returns for its third season at the end of this month, so it’s doing pretty well so well, as we follow the lives of two Soviet intelligence agents posing as a married couple to spy on the American government. It’s fun stuff.

Today, to celebrate the release of Season 2 on DVD, we’ve got some exclusive bits to share with you that include an awesome featurette and an interview with producer Joel Fields, enjoy:

The Americans Season 2 is out on DVD on 26th January from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment »

- Dan Bullock

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Ejecta DVD Review

23 January 2015 3:00 AM, PST

Director: Chad Archibald

Cast: Julian Richings, Lisa Houle, Adam Seybold, Mark Gibson, Justin Darmanin and Ry Barrett.

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 87 Minutes

With worldwide movie audiences currently tackling the issues of Back To The Future 2’s disappointingly inaccurate 2015 predictions and The Interview’s disastrous theatrical run…it seems that this year may hold few cinematic surprises in the grand scheme of things. After all, in a world overloaded with productions of every genre, this would lead many to predict that an alien-related narrative would be the last to offer anything remotely in the way of originality. However, despite the fact that some viewers may assume they have had their fair share of extra-terrestrial outings on the big and small screen, Ejecta offers genuinely intriguing material, as well as some exciting performances from some criminally unknown actors.

From the very beginning of Ejecta, it is clear that the film has taken strong »

- Ben Read

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Ex_Machina Review

23 January 2015 2:45 AM, PST

Director: Alex Garland

Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander

Certificate: 15

Running Times: 108 minutes

Synopis: Caleb (Gleeson), a computer coder, wins a work lottery. The prize? A week with company head, and recluse, Nathan (Isaac) who wants him to test his latest invention, an embodied artificial intelligence known as Ava (Vikander).

2015 film has started off strong, The Theroy Of Everything, and Birdman have had audiences captivated since their New Year’s Day release, and now in week four comes another spark of brilliance from EX_MACHINA. Finally amongst all the remakes and reboots, sequels and prequels, comes a truly original story. Written by Alex Garland, the scribe responsible for 28 Days Later, Sunshine. The Beach and Dredd, EX_MACHINA is a beautifully thought-out tense philosophical thriller that will keep the grey-matter engaged for the duration. The title is clearly inspired by the latin phrase ‘Deus Ex Machina’ which translates roughly to »

- Kat Smith

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Confirmed To Shoot in August

23 January 2015 12:15 AM, PST

The Resident Evil franchise has certainly received it fair share of negativity from a critical perspective, however casual moviegoers seem to have quite a fascination with Paul W.S. Anderson’s weird and wonderful post-apocalyptic world. Despite the fact that Milla Jovovich and her leather-clad exploits have failed to make a positive impact with critics, the series has made almost a billion dollars at the worldwide box office with only five films.

This is an extremely large commercial intake considering that Screen Gems have hardly dedicated the largest budget to their game-based horror franchise. I for one, have always been a huge fan and supporter of the films, as I strongly believe that they represent a thoroughly entertaining brand of B-Movie cinema, that is predominantly forgotten in todays market. Now, five months after announcing a delayed release date for the sixth film (thanks to her unexpected pregnancy), Jovovich has now confirmed »

- Ben Read

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