Faults (15) | Home Ents Review
Sep07

Faults (15) | Home Ents Review

Dir. Riley Stearns, US, 2014, 89 mins Cast: Leland Orser, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lance Reddick, Jon Gries Joining the recent spate of films that focus on religious cult systems (Martha, Marcy May Marlene and The Sound of My Voice) Faults proposes a more elementary exploration of cult related issues, focusing on the relationship between a deprogrammer and a young women from a cult known as ‘Faults’. Dark, quiet and eerie, the film,...

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Awaiting (18) | Home Ents Review
Sep07

Awaiting (18) | Home Ents Review

Dir. Mark Murphy, 2015, 95 mins Cast: Tony Curran, Diana Vickers, Rupert Hill Writer/Director Mark Murphy’s second feature, Awaiting is a watchable psychological horror starring Tony Curran (Underworld: Evolution, Gladiator) and Diana Vickers (Best known for the X-Factor and the hit pop single ‘Once‘) as well as Coronation Street veteran Rupert Hill. We’re in the darkest bowels of East Yorkshire, with the plot...

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Bait (18) | Home Ents Review
Sep06

Bait (18) | Home Ents Review

  Dir. Dominic Brunt, UK, 2015, 83 mins Cast: Victoria Smurfit, Joanne Mitchell, Jonathan Slinger Bait, also known in some territories as The Taking (in my opinion the more appropriate title) is the second feature from supremely talented director Dominic Brunt, who most would recognise as Paddy, a staple from the long-running British soap Emmerdale. Bex and Dawn, two good friends played by Victoria Smurfit and (Brunt’s real...

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The Ang Lee Trilogy (15) | Home Ents Review
Sep06

The Ang Lee Trilogy (15) | Home Ents Review

Pushing Hands / The Wedding Banquet / Eat Drink Man Woman Dir. Ang Lee, Taiwan/US, 1992 / 1993 / 1994, 335 mins, English and Mandarin with English subtitlesWho would have thought when little Ang was born in 1954, in the provincial town of Chaochou, Southern Taiwan, that he would grow up to become one of the most unique masters of twenty-first century cinema, and not only that: the first Asian ever to win a best director Oscar (his...

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The Second Mother (15) | Close-Up Film Review
Sep05

The Second Mother (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Anna Muylaert, Brazil, 2014, 110 mins, in Portuguese with subtitles Cast: Regina Case, Camila Mardila, Michel Joelsas Certainly worth a look is The Second Mother, which is set in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  It tells the story of Val (Regina Case) who has left her own child in a small town in the north of Brazil to be brought up by relatives while she earns money as a nanny in the big city.  While she feels guilty at having left her...

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