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No Escape | Film review - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place! Owen Wilson & Lake Bell's imperilled Americans abroad

Provoking visceral thrills and moral unease in equal measure, action movie No Escape puts us in the shoes of a desperately imperilled American family caught in the middle of a violent coup in an unnamed Southeast Asian country.

Owen Wilson’s blithe, oblivious Texan engineer, Jack Dwyer, has uprooted his wife Annie (Lake Bell) and young daughters Lucy (Sterling Jerins) and Beeze (Claire Geare) to take up an overseas post with a water company, but the family has barely checked into its hotel when rebels overthrow the government and begin killing all foreigners.

Right from the moment Jack finds himself...

Hand of God - Amazon Original series starring Ron Perlman launches today

Following its London premiere earlier this week in the appropriately sacral setting of a Sir John Sloane church converted into a party venue, the new Amazon Original series Hand of God launches today.

A heady mix of intrigue, suspense, satire and family melodrama, the series stars Ron Perlman as an ethically dodgy judge who goes off the rails following a family tragedy, believing himself compelled by God to embark on a path of vigilante justice.

We first encounter Perlman’s Judge Pernell Harris stark naked in a public fountain and speaking in tongues, having undergone an abrupt religious conversion at...

Win Demonic on DVD

When Detective Mark Lewis (Frank Grillo) is called to a local house in Louisiana, he finds the bodies of three slaughtered college students. The only survivor, John (Dustin Milligan) claims they held a séance to summon ghosts of people killed in the house years earlier. Now, three of his friends are dead and two are missing – including his pregnant girlfriend. Teaming up criminal psychologist Dr Elizabeth Klein (Maria Bello), Lewis investigates the videotapes discovered at the scene to try and uncover what really happened that night. What they find is more terrifying than they ever could have imagined…

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A Royal Night Out | DVD review - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! Elizabeth & Margaret on the VE Night razzle

Taking a cue from The King's Speech, A Royal Night Out fashions diverting entertainment from a footnote from royal history - the moment on VE Day, 1945, when teenage princesses Elizabeth and Margaret briefly slipped the shackles of royal protocol to join the throngs of Londoners celebrating the end of the war.

Inventing some mildly risqué adventures for the pair, Julian Jarrold's film is not as polished or as witty as its predecessor, and doesn't tug the heartstrings nearly as hard, but it remains a breezy, amiable romp with bags of charm. Sarah Gadon is a sweet-tempered, dutiful Elizabeth...

Film4 FrightFest 2015 | Five To Watch Out For

Film4 FrightFest took over London's Leicester Square over the August Bank Holiday weekend featuring five days of wall-to-wall terrifying thrills, gory chills and fun surprises. So, here are five hat I recommend you look out for…

1) Candyman director Bernard Rose gives Frankenstein heart, soul and an existential twist, with Twilight's Xavier Samuel bringing pathos and humanity to his rejected creature seeking out his 'mother' (Carrie-Ann Ross) and creator (Danny Huston) on the mean streets of LA. Genre favourite Tony Todd, meanwhile, steals the show as a blind hobo.

2) Maidstone in Kent masquerades as the French countryside...

The Phoenix Incident (2015) | Awesome alien abduction scares!

From gaming guru Keith Arem comes a convincing, chilling, and downright scary found footage thriller chronicling a US military cover-up of a fierce firefight with extraterrestrial forces, based on a real-life UFO sighting.

On 13 March 1997 four hikers went missing in Phoenix, Arizona after a series of unexplained series of lights appeared in the night sky. Recovered military footage, eyewitness accounts and whistleblower testimony is used to construct a documentary that reveals the truth behind what really happened…

Now, when it comes to the found footage genre, I try to give it a wide berth and The Phoenix...

Competition | Win a DVD of Fast & Furious 7 starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker & Jason Statham

To celebrate the release of Fast & Furious 7, available to own on Blu-ray™ and DVD from 7th September from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, we’re giving three lucky winners the chance to bring home a DVD of this year’s epic international adventure!

Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Fast & Furious 7 tears up the screen with more gravity-defying stunts, adrenaline-fueled fight scenes and pulse-pounding action than ever before.

The entire Fast & Furious cast unites in purpose for an epic international adventure, hunted by a vengeful assassin from Abu Dhabi to London...

Monsters: Dark Continent | Blu-ray release - Misfits director Tom Green unleashes a thrilling creature feature

Out today on Blu-ray and DVD comes the Entertainment One release, Monsters: Dark Continent, an explosive sequel to Gareth Edwards’s 2010 sci-fi thriller sleeper hit.

Directed by Tom Green (Channel 4's Misfits), the sequel is set 10 years on from the events of Monsters. With the Infected Zones now spread worldwide and humanity in retreat in many parts of the world, the US is moving to protect its overseas interests. Giant, terrifying sand bugs infest the Arabian Desert, so troops have been sent in to firebomb the creatures, carting their bodies away on giant trucks to be incinerated. In...

On this day in 1946 | Burt Lancaster shot to stardom in the noir thriller The Killers

Did you that that on 28 August 1946, Robert Siodmak’s The Killers had its New York premiere ahead of its general US release on 30 August?

With its marvellously intricate plot, thundering drama throughout and a mighty punch in the final scene this first film version of Ernest Hemingway's laconic short story, The Killers, (remade 18 years later with Lee Marvin) is an all-time film noir classic.

As washed-up boxer turned hitman victim Ole Swede Andreson, Burt Lancaster made his screen debut, and was catapulted to stardom, not least for the screen chemistry that he showed opposite sultry...

Far From the Madding Crowd | DVD review - Carey Mulligan's headstrong heroine entrances in ravishing Thomas Hardy adaptation

Grabbing our attention from her first appearance galloping across the Dorset countryside in a tight-fitting russet leather jacket, the magnificent Carey Mulligan rightly dominates this ravishing adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Far From the Madding Crowd. And her headstrong, independent heroine, Bathsheba Everdene, bewitches us as much as she entrances the three very different suitors who court her - ever-faithful shepherd Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), rich squire William Boldwood, (Michael Sheen) and dashing soldier Sergeant Troy (Tom Sturridge). Danish director Thomas Vinterberg takes the fateful events of the novel at quite a lick, but the richly nuanced performances...