4 items from 2017
From director John Moore (A Good Day to Die Hard, Max Payne) and starring an award-winning cast, including Golden Globe nominated Pierce Brosnan (James Bond, No Escape) and Anna Friel (Limitless, London Boulevard) as well as Stefanie Scott (Insidious: Chapter 3) and James Frecheville (The Drop, Animal Kingdom), I.T. will be released in selected UK cinemas on 10th March 2017.
Mike Regan (Pierce Brosnan) is a successful, self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife, Rose (Anna Friel) a beautiful teenage daughter, Kaitlyn (Stefanie Scott) and a sleek, state-of-the-art smart home. But he soon finds himself in a deadly, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse when his I.T. consultant, Ed (James Frecheville), starts using his skills to stalk Mike’s daughter and endanger his family, his business, and his life. In a world where there is no privacy, and personal secrets can go viral by the click of a mouse, Mike needs »
- Phil Wheat
Simon Brew Mar 1, 2017
As rumours that Disney is set to re-release the original cuts of the first Star Wars trilogy prove unfounded, we look at what's going on...
It’s a strange time in the world of physical discs. Whilst companies such as Arrow and Criterion continue to invest time, money and care into beautiful, crafted and collectable releases, there’s a growing feeling that the era of the physical disc is coming to an end. DVD and Blu-ray sales are falling, some titles by-pass disc altogether and go straight to streaming services. Furthermore, extra features are becoming less the norm and more a bit of a luxury. Then there’s the small matter of Ultra HD Blu-ray, a new disc format that’s making a little headway, but struggling to really breakthrough. Titles such as Keeping Up With The Joneses for £30 a throw aren’t loosening people’s purse strings. »
Simon Brew Feb 2, 2017
The promotional campaign, at least, was promising. The early trailers for A Good Day To Die Hard brought back key pieces of music, and seemed to hit that Bruce Willis was back to playing the character of John McClane, as opposed to being Bruce Willis in another generic action movie. Scheduled for a Valentine’s Day 2013 release date, it seemed 20th Century Fox had confidence in a franchise that had enjoyed its best ever box office performance with 2007’s Die Hard 4.0/Live Free Or Die Hard (depending on where you live in the world).
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The first warning sign that all was not well came with the invitation to the UK press screening for the film. Appreciating »
Simon Brew Feb 3, 2017
When a movie hits big out of the blue, it’s unwritten Hollywood law that the imitators aren’t too far behind. That’s why, after American Pie brought Porky’s-esque sex-tinged (late) teen comedies back to prominence in 1999, the box office was flooded with similar fare for years after. The Blair Witch Project, meanwhile, hit out of nowhere, and found footage horror is only now dying away. The late Wes Craven, meanwhile, wryly noted just how quickly Hollywood had cashed in on the success of 1996’s Scream, when spoof Scary Movie popped out the year after.
Going back to 1992, though, and it was the turn of the erotic thriller to enjoy its resurgence. »
4 items from 2017
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