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The Ultimate Gangster Collection: Casino Edition

6 hours ago

The quality of the features offered in this selection lends well to the nature of the ultimate characterization. The films included in this selection are American Gangster, Scarface, Casino, Carlito’s Way, and Mean StreetsRidley Scott’s American Gangster may be an enjoyable romp, but it has tendencies of staggering under the weight of the film’s own perceived epic stature. The other four films, however, are bona fide classics, making this selection of movies an excellent primer for some of the best gangster movies ever committed to film.

American Gangster

In American Gangster, the real-life character Frank Lucas starts out as a quiet driver for his boss, but exploits an opening in the power structure when his boss dies to build his own empire, creating his own version of the American Dream. Lucas outplays others in this field through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, even entering the »

- The Hollywood News

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The Musical review

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The Musical theatre review

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has just celebrated its second birthday at the prestigious Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in the heart of London’s West End – and the show still continues to thrill and impress as it transports you back to the world of Roald Dahl that we all knew as a child. The evening is full of chocolaty magical enchantment with its theatrical, magical, sanguine, new Willy Wonka, brilliantly portrayed by the flamboyant Jonathan Slinger.

As the show begins you visit the world of Charlie Bucket, who in our performance, was excellently played by Zachary Loonie. Charlie’s life is rather grey and miserable despite the love of his parents – Mr and Mrs Bucket (Derek Hagen and Lara Denning). The song ‘If Your Mother Was Here’ is beautiful but lacks the heart to make it compulsive. The grandparents appear decrepit »

- Katey Thompson

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Exclusive: ‘Saw’ actor Costas Mandylor open to franchise return

15 hours ago

Saw actor Costas Mandylor has exclusively revealed to Thn that he’s open to coming back for a future movie. Costas Mandylor at Collectormania 23. Photo Credit: Neil Hughes

Saw was one of the infamous films that pioneered what has now come to be known as ‘torture porn’. Arriving in 2004 the film had two strangers awaken in a grotty bathroom, each shackled to a pipe. Their only way out was to saw through their ankles with a rusty, and rather flimsy hacksaw blade. The pair were part of a ‘trap’ devised by a deviant new serial killer who wasn’t really a serial killer. Sounds confusing I know, but Jigsaw, aka John Kramer, believed that confronting people with their morality and their indiscretions at the same time made them appreciate life more if they lived. Granted, despite his vision, most subjects ended up dead rather than alive and appreciative.

The series ran for seven films, »

- Kat Smith

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It Follows Blu Ray Review

29 June 2015 4:59 AM, PDT

Director: David Robert Mitchell.

Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto.

Certificate: 15.

Running Time: 107 minutes.

Special Features: Feature commentary, trailer, interview with Diasterpeace and a gallery.

It Follows Blu Ray Review

The premise of It Follows is simple – there’s an Std (that’s a Sexually Transmitted Demon) going around town. The symptoms don’t include the usual intimate itching, but rather a malevolent force that sinisterly stalks you until either it catches and kills you, or you pass it on. So it’s a horror film that encourages promiscuous sex, a genre-turning move as it’s usually these folks that are the fodder for the killer.

The heroine of the piece is Jay (Monroe), a young girl who finds herself the unwitting hostess to ‘it’ after being seduced by the previous incumbent. As she finds herself being mercilessly stalked by an ever changing, always just around the corner demon, »

- Kat Smith

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Knock Knock review: ‘enjoyable, entertaining but somewhat infuriating’

29 June 2015 3:47 AM, PDT

Knock Knock review: Eli Roth’s new horror movie that stars Keanu Reeves is ‘enjoyable, entertaining but somewhat infuriating.’ Knock Knock review

Director: Eli Roth

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana De Armas, Colleen Camp

Certificate: 18

Running Time: 99 Minutes

Synopsis: Family man Evan (Reeves) finds his wedding vows tested after rescuing two young women, Genesis (Izzo) and Bel (De Armas), during a stormy night.

Perpetually cast as a bachelor, Reeves struggles during the opening moments of Knock Knock to convincingly play the husband and father role of Evan. His acting is a little hammy and over-the-top, and doesn’t feel all that natural. Thankfully this only lasts through the opening sequence, as soon enough Evan is left home alone so that he can get some work done.

Once on his own Reeves is back in his comfort zone as he channels a bumbling Hugh Grant for his first encounter with his unexpected houseguests. »

- Kat Smith

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Evangeline Lilly wants more Marvel

29 June 2015 3:40 AM, PDT

Evangeline Lilly hopes her ‘Ant-Man’ character Hope van Dyne will go on to feature in more Marvel movies. Evangeline Lilly wants more Marvel

Evangeline Lilly wants to be in more Marvel movies.

The brunette beauty stars as Hope van Dyne – the daughter of Henry Pym and Janet van Dyne, Aka the original Ant-Man and Wasp – in the new ‘Ant-Man‘ movie and hopes her contract will see her become the new Wasp and move into the wider superhero universe.

She said: “I would love to see [her join the Avengers]. Hope is a very, very capable, intelligent and, to a certain extent, lethal woman, even in her own right, without any superhero powers.

“There is that element that she is the Wasp’s daughter and a chance to create that is fun.

“As far as the plans for her going forward… I think everyone who signs with Marvel has to sign a multi-picture deal. I »

- Paul Heath

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Top Gun 2 is ‘absolutely going to happen’

29 June 2015 2:01 AM, PDT

Top Gun 2: The fim will definitely happen and Tom Cruise will return as Maverick. Producer says that there is no Top Gun without Maverick. Top Gun 2 will absolutely happen says producer.

Top Gun 2 will definitely happen, and Tom Cruise will return to one of his most famous roles of Maverick. The original movie, which is directed by the late, great Tony Scott is 30 years old next year, and at their Berlin press conference for the upcoming Terminator Genisys, which opens on Friday, Skydance‘s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg were asked about Top Gun 2. Skydance will produce the sequel, along with Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the fantastic original.

David Ellison said: “Absolutely. I started flying aerobatics when I was thirteen years old, actually me and my dad took my first lesson on my thirteenth birthday. By the time I was seventeen, I was flying air »

- Paul Heath

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The Tudors Television Review: Is it Worth Your Time?

29 June 2015 1:15 AM, PDT

What do you think of the Showtime show, “The Tudors?” Do you think it is a great television series? Not quite sure how you feel about it? Keep reading for a comprehensive review of this much talked about TV show.

There are some that think that “The Tudors” makes for compelling television but there are also those who feel that it has many historical inaccuracies, and thus, not worth their time.

The Tudors is set primarily in 16th century England tells the story of England’s King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and his many marriages. This raunchy historical drama ran for four seasons, from 2007 to 2010, and was a rating success for Showtime.

The success of the show was due to Henry many trysts, a seemingly endless stream of beheadings, as well as lots of intrigue; similar to what Red Flush offers Canadian players. It also tells the tale of »

- The Hollywood News

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