The Thread (E) Home Entertainment Review
Apr12

The Thread (E) Home Entertainment Review

Dir. Greg Barker, US, 2015, 68 mins Cast: Kevin Cheetham, Gavon Laessig, Chris Ryves Sometimes a split decision can mean the difference between life and death. Kevin Cheetham’s decision to walk on a particular side of the street on April 15 2013 was what made the difference for him. Brought to us by Manhunt director Greg Barker and Man on Wire producer Simon Chinn, The Thread begins with Kevin walking us through the streets of Boston...

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Shaun the Sheep: Picture Perfect (U) Home Ents Review
Apr11

Shaun the Sheep: Picture Perfect (U) Home Ents Review

Dir. Various, UK, 2015, UK, 77 mins Cast (Voice): Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes Since his debut 20(!) years ago in the Wallace and Gromit short film A Close Shave, Shaun the Sheep has been star of his own television series since 2007, as well as a 2015 full length feature film (Shaun the Sheep: The Movie). Picture Perfect represents a slice of 10 episodes from the fourth series of Shaun the Sheep. Business on Mossy Bottom Farm is very...

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The Duff (12A) Close-Up Film Review
Apr06

The Duff (12A) Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Ari Sandel, US, 2015, 101 mins Cast: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Ken Jeong, Allison Janney, Romany Malco The Duff is the latest entry to the teen film canon, although unfortunately not the one to upend it and rewrite the rules, or even at the very least give it a spruce-up a la 10 Things or American Pie (apparently the last films to do so). This isn’t to disparage the efforts of all involved, as clearly the cast and...

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No Manifesto: A Film about Manic Street Preachers (15) Home Ents Review
Mar02

No Manifesto: A Film about Manic Street Preachers (15) Home Ents Review

Dir: Elizabeth Marcus, US, 2015, 96 mins.Twelve years in the making and featuring unparalleled access to band members’ homes, private recording sessions, archive footage, and fan culture, No Manifesto offers a broad view of a band over time. The story of the Manic Street Preachers and the men behind it is told from the points of view of the media, the band themselves, and perhaps most importantly, the views of the fans. Director...

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Focus (15) Close-Up Film Review
Feb27

Focus (15) Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, US, 2015, 104 mins Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Adrian Martinez, Gerald McRaney, Rodrigo Santoro, BD Wong, Brennan Brown, Robert Taylor Focus is Hollywood’s latest callback to the Rat Pack era of gentleman thieves with the deck stacked against them and smooth talkers who double as smooth criminals, where triple crosses are the bare minimum of deceptions expected in tales that blend exotic locales...

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