Sunday 14 April 2024

NEWS & TRAILER: An Irish Angel (2024 Film) - Starring Julian Glover, Jaime Winstone, Baz Black, and Niamh James.

An Irish Angel

By Jon Donnis
Prepare to be charmed and moved by "An Irish Angel," the acclaimed coming-of-age comedy-drama directed by Danny Patrick ("The Irish Connection"). This heartwarming film boasts an exceptional cast, led by the seasoned talents of Julian Glover, Jaime Winstone, Baz Black, and the promising newcomer Niamh James.

Fresh off its win for Best Film at the Cannes World Film Festival in 2023, "An Irish Angel" is set to make its highly anticipated UK debut on April 15, courtesy of Miracle Media.

Set against the backdrop of Portrush, Northern Ireland, "An Irish Angel" follows the tumultuous journey of Aine (Niamh James), a teenager grappling with the complexities of life. From navigating a troubled home life to facing unexpected pregnancy and caring for her terminally ill grandmother (Kathy Deehan), Aine's path is fraught with challenges.

But she's not alone. With the unwavering support of her hardworking mother Margaret (Amanda Doherty), empathetic drama teacher Ellie (Jaime Winstone), and the guidance of Father Reitel (Julian Glover), Aine finds solace and strength in the bonds she forms. Alongside her loyal friends Leo (Tod Bell) and Corinna (Ania Lee Lyes), Aine embarks on a journey of self-discovery and resilience.

As each character grapples with their own struggles, "An Irish Angel" weaves a poignant narrative of community, compassion, and the enduring power of hope. Will Aine and her loved ones find the courage to overcome their obstacles and emerge stronger together?

Filled with heart, humor, and moments of profound emotion, "An Irish Angel" is a touching ode to the resilience of the human spirit. Don't miss the chance to experience this captivating tale when it arrives digitally in the UK on April 15, courtesy of Miracle Media.

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NEWS & TRAILER: Bobcat Moretti (2024 Film) - Starring Coolio, Sally Kirkland, Mindy Sterling, Vivica A. Fox, Taryn Manning, Matt Peters, and Tim Realbuto

Step into the ring and brace yourself for a gripping emotional rollercoaster in the upcoming 2024 film "Bobcat Moretti." This heart-wrenching drama boasts a stellar ensemble cast, featuring the late, legendary Coolio in one of his final screen performances, alongside acclaimed actors such as Sally Kirkland, Mindy Sterling, Vivica A. Fox, Taryn Manning, Matt Peters, and Tim Realbuto, who also co-wrote the film.

Directed by Rob Margolies ("She Wants Me"), "Bobcat Moretti" is set to make its UK digital debut on April 15, courtesy of Scatena & Rosner Films.

Meet Bobby 'Bobcat' Moretti, portrayed by Tim Realbuto, a man grappling with obesity, unhappiness, and a recent diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Stricken with grief after a tragic loss, Bobby seeks solace and a fresh start, ultimately deciding to leave his job and move in with his brother Charlie (Matt Peters) and sister-in-law Debra (Taryn Manning). It's here that he makes a life-altering decision to join a local boxing gym.

Under the mentorship of gym owner Jo (Vivica A. Fox) and fellow boxer Boots (Sheria Irving), Bobby embarks on a transformative journey of self-discovery and redemption. Determined not to succumb to his circumstances, he pushes himself to the brink in a bid to improve his health and find happiness.

"Bobcat Moretti" is more than just a boxing film; it's a powerful exploration of resilience, friendship, and the human capacity for change. With its compelling narrative and standout performances, this inspirational tale promises to be a knockout at the box office.

Don't miss the trailer and mark your calendars for the UK digital release of "Bobcat Moretti" on April 15, brought to you by Scatena & Rosner Films.

Watch on Apple TV - https://apple.co/4ayDarq
Also available is Bobcat Moretti (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) https://amzn.to/4awjkgh

Friday 12 April 2024

NEWS & TRAILER - Love, Courage And The Battle Of Bushy Run (2024 Film) Starring Tom Connolly

Love, Courage And The Battle Of Bushy Run

By Jon Donnis
Prepare to embark on a journey through history unlike any other as the UK premiere of "Love, Courage And The Battle Of Bushy Run" approaches this May. This riveting historical epic promises to unveil a chapter of American history often overlooked yet profoundly impactful.


Drawing inspiration from C. M. Bomberger's acclaimed novel, "The Battle Of Bushy Run," this cinematic masterpiece is the brainchild of Col. A. Hess Bomberger II, a decorated American WWII veteran driven by the passion to immortalize his father's literary legacy on the silver screen. Tragically, Col. Bomberger II witnessed the culmination of his dream before passing away last year at the age of 101, adding a poignant layer to the film's narrative.

Led by the remarkable Tom Connolly and supported by an exceptional ensemble cast, this film, helmed by directors Dave Alan Johnson and Larry A. McLean, promises an immersive cinematic experience. Johnson's past works include "Christmas with Tucker" and "Sue Thomas F.B.Eye," while McLean has contributed to acclaimed productions such as "Pacific Rim" and "The Unhealer."


Set against the backdrop of post-Seven Years' War America in 1763, "Love, Courage And The Battle Of Bushy Run" transports audiences to a pivotal moment in history. With tensions escalating in the American Colonies following Britain's victory over France, the native population, led by Ottawa Chief Pontiac, initiates a violent siege at Fort Pitt, Pennsylvania, fearing British retaliation.

In the face of imminent danger and with countless lives hanging in the balance, the valiant Colonel Henry Bouquet, portrayed by Connolly, embarks on a daring mission to save his settlement and its inhabitants, demonstrating unparalleled bravery and resilience in the process.


Prepare to witness a tale of love, courage, and sacrifice as "Love, Courage And The Battle Of Bushy Run" makes its digital debut in the UK on May 13th, courtesy of Trinity Creative. Don't miss your chance to experience this unforgettable cinematic journey through history.


Thursday 11 April 2024

LEGEND's Crime Wave Season: A Thrilling Lineup of Cops, Robbers, and Heists

LEGEND

Prepare for a week of adrenaline-pumping action as LEGEND unveils its Crime Wave Season, featuring an electrifying collection of movies that delve into the gritty underworld of crime, robberies, and high-stakes getaways. From Monday, April 22nd to Saturday, April 27th, viewers are in for a rollercoaster ride of suspense and thrills, with each night promising a gripping tale of cops and criminals colliding head-on.

The highlight of the lineup includes the channel premieres of two pulse-pounding films that are sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. First up is "Half Past Dead," starring action icon Steven Seagal, where Alcatraz transforms into a battleground as FBI agent Sascha must rally fellow inmates to thwart a daring heist orchestrated by criminal mastermind Donny.


Following this, viewers can look forward to "Armored," a gripping heist action thriller featuring an all-star cast including Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne. Directed by Nimród Antal, this adrenaline-fueled ride follows a crew of officers who risk it all by attempting to rob their own armored transport security firm, only to find themselves in a deadly game of cat and mouse.


But the excitement doesn't stop there. LEGEND's Crime Wave Season offers a diverse lineup of crime dramas and thrillers guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning movie enthusiast. From Bruce Willis's captivating performances in "Precious Cargo" and "Marauders" to Walter Hill's classic getaway thriller "The Driver," there's something for everyone to enjoy.


For those craving a taste of old-school crime capers, "The Hatton Garden Job" delivers a remarkable true story of aging East End criminals pulling off the largest heist in English legal history. Led by Larry Lamb's character, Brian Reader, this motley crew of villains faces off against the Hungarian mob and Scotland Yard in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse.


With each film carefully curated to keep audiences on the edge of their seats, LEGEND's Crime Wave Season promises an unforgettable week of heart-pounding entertainment. So mark your calendars and tune in to Sky 148, Virgin 149, Freeview 41, or Freesat 137 from April 22nd to April 27th at 9pm for a cinematic experience like no other.

Don't miss out on the action-packed extravaganza as LEGEND steals the limelight with its thrilling Crime Wave Season. It's a week you won't want to miss!

REVIEW: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024 Film) - Starring Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Review By Jon Donnis
"Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" marks a delightful return to the iconic franchise, blending the familiar with the fresh in a supernatural adventure that doesn't disappoint. Directed by Gil Kenan and co-written by Kenan and Jason Reitman, the film serves as a worthy sequel to "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," continuing the legacy while introducing new challenges and characters.


Set two years after the events of its predecessor, the plot kicks off with a mysterious incident in 1904 that sets the stage for the present-day chaos. The veteran Ghostbusters, joined by new recruits, find themselves facing a chilling threat as they strive to save New York City from the clutches of a death-chilling god and his spectral army.

One of the film's strongest suits lies in its well-crafted plot, which seamlessly weaves together elements of mystery, comedy, and supernatural intrigue. The narrative unfolds with a perfect balance of nostalgia for longtime fans and fresh twists to keep the story engaging. From the intriguing backstory of the enigmatic orb to the revelation of the ancient demonic god Garraka, every plot point contributes to the film's overall excitement.


The cast delivers standout performances across the board, with Mckenna Grace shining particularly bright as Phoebe Spengler. Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, and the rest of the ensemble cast each bring their characters to life with charisma and wit. It's a joy to see the original Ghostbusters, played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson, back in action, though some may find themselves wishing for more screen time for Murray's beloved Peter Venkman.


Visually, "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" impresses with its top-notch special effects and CGI. From the spectral entities to the chilling frozen landscapes of New York City, the film immerses viewers in a world where the supernatural feels both eerie and captivating.

While the film successfully pays homage to its predecessors, some viewers may find it slightly reliant on past glories. However, this doesn't detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the film, which delivers plenty of thrills and laughs to satisfy both old and new fans alike.


In summary, "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" earns a solid 8.5 out of 10. With its great cast, thrilling action, and seamless blend of old and new, the franchise is back in good hands, promising an exciting future for Ghostbusters enthusiasts.

Out Now in Cinemas.

Tuesday 9 April 2024

REVIEW: No Way Up (2024 Film) - Starring Sophie McIntosh, Will Attenborough, Jeremias Amoore, Manuel Pacific, Grace Nettle, Phyllis Logan and Colm Meaney

No Way Up

Review by Jon Donnis
"No Way Up" is a 2024 survival thriller directed by Claudio Fäh and written by Andy Mayson, offering a mix of drama, tension, and underwater peril. The plot follows a diverse group of characters stranded in the Pacific Ocean after a plane crash, battling not only the elements but also a lurking shark.


The film kicks off with a gripping scenario: a bird strike forces the plane down, leaving only a handful of survivors struggling for survival in the submerged wreckage. Led by Ava, the daughter of a prominent politician, and her boyfriend Jed, the group must navigate through perilous waters while contending with internal strife and the looming threat of a shark.

One of the film's strengths lies in its performances, with the cast delivering believable portrayals of individuals pushed to their limits. Sophie McIntosh shines as Ava, conveying both vulnerability and determination in the face of adversity. Will Attenborough and Jeremias Amoore also deliver solid performances as Kyle and Jed, respectively, adding depth to their characters' arcs.


Visually, "No Way Up" exceeds expectations, particularly considering its low budget. The underwater sequences are well-executed, immersing viewers in the characters' harrowing struggle for survival. Additionally, the brief runtime of just over an hour and a half ensures that the pacing remains tight, maintaining tension throughout.

For fans of the killer shark genre, "No Way Up" offers a thrilling ride reminiscent of B-movie classics. The film doesn't shy away from its genre roots, embracing the absurdity of its premise while delivering on the requisite thrills and chills. However, it falls short in fully capitalizing on its potential for campy fun, occasionally taking itself too seriously and missing opportunities for humour.


Furthermore, the film isn't without its flaws, with some plot holes and lapses in logic detracting from the overall experience. Certain moments may leave viewers scratching their heads or shouting at the screen in frustration.

In summary, "No Way Up" is a solid addition to the killer shark genre, offering a satisfying blend of suspense and action. While it may not reach the heights of genre classics, it delivers an entertaining experience for audiences seeking a thrilling ride. With decent performances, impressive visuals, and a brisk runtime, it earns a fair score of 7 out of 10.

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Monday 8 April 2024

COMPETITION: Win The Borderlands on Blu-ray



Say your prayers as writer-director Elliot Goldner’s chiller The Borderlands is set to strike fear into your very soul, as this acclaimed British horror classic comes to Limited Edition Blu-ray from Second Sight Films The brand-new set arrives on 15 April 2024 and comes complete with a host of fascinating special features, it will also be available in a standard edition.

And to celebrate we have a great competition and 2 copies on Standard Blu-ray to give away.

Synopsis
When frequent strange happenings are reported at a thirteenth century church in rural Devon, a small team of Vatican investigators are sent in to try and demystify the unusual goings on… But what they discover is more disturbing than they could ever imagine.

Acclaim for The Borderlands (aka Final Prayer in the US) has been wide reaching, with some drawing comparisons to not only horror classics, such as The Omen, The Exorcist and The Wicker Man (The Independent) as well as Blair Witch and Kill List, but the surprising too: sitcom Peep Show (The Guardian). With Goldner’s sharp script and some brilliant special effects, the film really does bring its own brilliant spin to the found footage horror genre.

Lauded for its humour and creepy location by many, with Evening Standard noting ‘The banter between Robin Hill (Kill List, Down Terrace) and Gordon Kennedys (The Halycon, Robin Hood) cynical Scot is funny and unsettling. And the stark church is a winner’, the film makes for a unique and terrifying watch.

The Borderlands Limited Edition Blu-ray Box set & Standard Edition Blu-ray are available on 15 April from Second Sight Films

Pre-order on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3TOeeFg

Enter now for a chance to win.

Who directs The Borderlands? (Hint: Check the amazon page)

Send your name, address and of course the answer to competition365@outlook.com

Quick Terms and conditions - For full T&C click here
1. Closing date 22-04-24
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.
5. Entries that come directly from other websites will not be accepted.

Friday 5 April 2024

Miracle Media’s May 2024 Film Releases

SORRY CHARLIE

SORRY CHARLIE

Inspired by true events comes Sorry Charlie, an unapologetically terrifying horror from director Colton Tran (The Bell Keeper, The Sex Lives of College Girls). The film is set for its UK premiere on 27 May from Miracle Media.

Kathleen Kenny (African Giants) gives a standout performance as a survivor of a brutal attack by a violent serial murderer and rapist labelled 'The Gentleman' who lures unsuspecting women from their homes with a recording of a crying baby.

Following the devastating assault, helpline volunteer Charlie (Kenny) now lives a reclusive life, having cut herself off from her family and friends, haunted by the trauma.

Despite her attacker supposedly arrested and behind bars, Charlie can't shake the feeling that she's not alone. Isolated and afraid, her paranoia grows. Is there someone stalking her, or is it all in her head?

On UK digital 27 May from Miracle Media - https://apple.co/3U6Xpq8



HELLHOUND

HELLHOUND

Hell has no mercy in Hellhound, an adrenaline-fuelled action-packed thriller from director Joshua Dixon (Never Back Down: No Surrender, Blue Family) in his bold feature debut. The film is set for its digital release on 6 May from Miracle Media.

In the heart of Bangkok, seasoned hitman Loreno (Louis Mandylor – My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, Rambo: Last Blood) is ready to retire but finds himself reluctantly drawn back into his deadly work for one final hit. Lending a hand to an old friend, Cetan (Vithaya Pansringarm – Thirteen Lives, A Prayer Before Dawn), he agrees to hunt down a ruthless local kingpin.

As he embarks on his assignment, his path crosses with an old acquaintance, Paul (Van Quattro – Fight Club) and he finds himself thrown into a violent world of intrigue, danger and unexpected alliances.

With explosive action, kick-ass violence and a bloody brutal body count, get ready to go to hell and back with Hellhound.

On UK digital 6 May from Miracle Media - https://apple.co/49kujs1



AMONG THE WILLOWS

AMONG THE WILLOWS

Ride into the heart of the Wild West and Among The Willows with Tyler Smith's (Above Snakes) award-winning Western which is set for its UK digital debut on 20 May from Miracle Media.

Former outlaw John Williams' (David Novak – Lost Outlaw, Who Took My Daughter) life of crime and violence is long gone, but when his granddaughter is kidnapped and her family is brutally murdered, he must swallow his pride and confront his past to save her.

Reuniting with his ex-partner, Everett Stolls (Jeffrey Smith – Don't Look Up), the pair embark on an epic mission to track down the killers and rescue her before it's too late.

Journey Among The Willows for a gun-toting tale of action, betrayal and redemption.

On UK digital 20 May from Miracle Media



COMPETITION: Win Race for Glory: Audi vs Lancia on DVD


Signature Entertainment has released rally biopic Race for Glory: Audi vs. Lancia, out now on Digital Platforms and DVD.

And to celebrate we have a great competition and 2 copies on DVD to give away.

Synopsis
Two iconic automobile titans go head-to-head in this high-speed retelling of the 1983 Rally World Championships. Up against formidable rival Roland Gumpert (Daniel Brühl, Rush) and his superior Audi team (including the Queen of Speed herself, Michèle Mouton) Lancia Team Manager Cesare Fiorio (Riccardo Scamarcio, John Wick: Chapter 2) faces certain defeat in the 1983 Rally World Championships. But Fiorio’s ingenuity and cunning rise to the challenge and he sets about trying to steal the victory. Also starring Volker Bruch (The Reader), Race for Glory: Audi vs Lancia is directed by Stefano Mordini (The Invisible Witness) from a script written by Filippo Bologna (Perfect Strangers), Mordini and Scamarcio.


Pre-order on Amazon at https://amzn.to/4cHT44d

Enter now for a chance to win.

Who directs Race for Glory: Audi vs Lancia?

Send your name, address and of course the answer to competition365@outlook.com

Quick Terms and conditions - For full T&C click here
1. Closing date 22-04-24
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.
5. Entries that come directly from other websites will not be accepted.

Thursday 4 April 2024

NEWS & TRAILER: Til Death Do Us Part (2024 Film) - Starring Natalie Burn, Cam Gigandet, Jason Patric, Ser'Darius Blain, Orlando Jones, Pancho Moler, and Nicole Arlyn

By Jon Donnis

Get ready to RSVP to terror in "Til Death Do Us Part," the electrifying horror film directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. (known for "Gangster Land" and "The Call"). This adrenaline-fueled nightmare, akin to a thrilling rollercoaster ride, is set to make its chilling debut in the UK this April, courtesy of Plaion Pictures.


As the wedding bells chime and guests gather for a joyous celebration, the bride-to-be, portrayed by Natalie Burn, unexpectedly flees the scene, leaving her infuriated groom, played by Ser'Darius Blain, standing alone at the altar in disbelief.

Attempting to find solace in solitude on what should have been their romantic honeymoon, the runaway bride finds herself ensnared in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Enter seven enraged groomsmen, hell-bent on vengeance, and a showdown of epic proportions ensues.


With heart-pounding action sequences and a deluge of gore, "Til Death Do Us Part" promises a wedding night unlike any other. Brace yourself for a fierce and unrelenting battle as the bride transforms into a formidable force of retribution.

Featuring a star-studded cast including Natalie Burn, Cam Gigandet, Jason Patric, Ser'Darius Blain, Orlando Jones, Pancho Moler, and Nicole Arlyn, this is one cinematic event you won't want to miss.


Prepare to witness the ultimate showdown of love and horror, as vows are broken and blood is spilled in "Til Death Do Us Part,".

Til Death Do Us Part is on UK digital 15 April

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Wednesday 3 April 2024

REVIEW: Riddle of Fire (2024 Film) - Starring Skyler Peters, Phoebe Ferro, and Charlie Stover

Riddle of Fire

Review by Jon Donnis
"Riddle of Fire," a fantasy film written and directed by Weston Razooli, is a delightful journey into the realms of childhood imagination. The story follows brothers Jodie and Hazel, along with their friend Alice, as they embark on a quest to retrieve ingredients for a blueberry pie, leading them into an unexpected adventure with the Enchanted Blade Gang and the mysterious Anna-Freya Hollyhock (Lio Tipton).


One of the film's strongest aspects is its ability to transport viewers back to their inner child, evoking a sense of nostalgia and wonder. Razooli's direction constructs a whimsical world filled with unexpected twists and turns, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy in a manner that resonates with anyone who has experienced the boundless creativity of childhood imagination.

The film's debut showcases Razooli's talent and potential as a filmmaker, promising a bright future ahead. It's evident that "Riddle of Fire" has the makings of a cult classic with its unique charm and unexpected musical/dance moments that add to the overall joyous experience.


However, the film may not resonate with all viewers due to its quirky nature, requiring a certain level of engagement to fully appreciate its whimsical charm. Additionally, some uneven performances and pacing issues detract from the overall cohesiveness of the story.

Overall, "Riddle of Fire" is a captivating and enjoyable film that offers a refreshing take on the fantasy genre. With its vibrant visuals, heartfelt performances, and nostalgic appeal, it succeeds in taking audiences on a magical journey reminiscent of childhood adventures. Despite its minor flaws, it's a true delight to watch and deserves recognition for its imaginative storytelling.


I score "Riddle of Fire" a solid 8.5 out of 10, recommending it to anyone looking for a fun and whimsical escape into the world of fantasy.

Out now on digital at