Movie Talk

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...

45 Years | Film review - An Alpine crevasse opens cracks in Charlotte Rampling & Tom Courtenay's long marriage

Adapted by director Andrew Haigh from a short story by David Constantine, British art-house drama 45 Years exposes the flaws beneath the tranquil surface of a long marriage with searching insight and deep compassion.

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay’s retired couple Kate and Geoff have been plodding among the lower slopes of old age, amiably heading for the landmark of their 45th wedding anniversary, when long-buried memories suddenly come to the surface and reveal the unseen cracks in their relationship. The crisis is prompted by the arrival of an unexpected letter at their home in the Norfolk Broads, a...

We Are Your Friends | Film review - EDM wannabe Zac Efron's quest for the killer track has zest and zip

Graduating from the bubblegum pop of the High School Musical movies, Zac Efron plays a zealous 23-year-old electronic dance music DJ from the San Fernando Valley striving to make his mark in LA’s club scene in energetic coming-of-age drama We Are Your Friends.

The narrative falls into a predictable groove. Efron’s Cole acquires a charismatic mentor, Wes Bentley’s burnt-out celebrity DJ, falls for his mentor’s much younger girlfriend (Emily Ratajkowski from the Blurred Lines video), and struggles to move on from his gang of loose cannon childhood friends, Ollie (Shiloh Fernandez), Squirrel (Alex Shaffer) and Mason (Jonny Weston). You...

Barely Lethal | Film review - Hailee Steinfeld’s teen spy grapples with high-school perils in breezy action comedy

Teenage assassin Hailee Steinfeld discovers that the treacherous world of espionage has nothing on the perils of high school in Barely Lethal, a bubblegum action comedy that is very much Kick-Ass meets Mean Girls.

Trained from infancy at a top-secret government facility that turns little girls into killing machines, Steinfeld’s junior spy yearns for a normal adolescence. So she fakes her own death in the middle of a mission and, having swotted up on a bunch of teen movies, reinvents herself as Canadian exchange student Megan Walsh. Cue larky fish-out-of-water comedy as the clueless Megan grapples with a crush...