Tuesday 30 April 2024

NEWS & TRAILER: Look To The Light (2024 Film) - Starring Charlie Goddard

Look To The Light

In "Look To The Light," director Christopher Manoe delves deep into the complexities of young love, the harsh realities of modern life, and the seductive allure of reality TV. Set to captivate audiences with its raw emotion and timely themes, this film follows the tumultuous journey of Eddie Reynolds (Charlie Goddard), a young man thrust into the spotlight of primetime reality TV.

As Eddie navigates the treacherous waters of newfound fame and societal pressure, he must confront difficult choices that put his relationships and mental well-being on the line. With stellar performances from rising stars like Lily Blunsom-Washbrook and a talented ensemble cast, "Look To The Light" promises to deliver a compelling narrative that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Against the backdrop of social media culture and the relentless pursuit of validation, Eddie's story serves as a cautionary tale, shedding light on the consequences of sacrificing authenticity for fleeting fame. Will Eddie realize the true cost of his aspirations before it's too late?

Prepare to be moved and challenged by "Look To The Light," a film that dares to expose the dark underbelly of celebrity culture while celebrating the power of genuine human connection. Don't miss its UK debut on digital on 27 May, courtesy of Homesick Angel Ltd.

COMPETITION: Win Mean Girls (2024) on Blu-ray

Mean Girls

Mean Girls (2024) arrived on Digital March 18th 2024, and is out now on 4K UHD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD from April 29th 2024 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

And to celebrate we have a great competition and 3 copies on Blu-ray to give away.

Synopsis
From the comedic mind of Tina Fey comes a new twist on the modern classic MEAN GIRLS. New student Cady Heron is welcomed into the top of the social food chain by the elite group of popular girls called “The Plastics,” ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George. However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina’s ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels, she finds herself prey in Regina’s crosshairs. As Cady sets to take down the group’s apex predator with the help of her outcast friends Janis and Damian, she must learn how to stay true to herself while navigating the most cutthroat jungle of all: high school.


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

Enter now for a chance to win.

Who directs Mean Girls (2024)?

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

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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.

Monday 29 April 2024

NEWS & TRAILER - This Time Next Year (2024 Film) - Starring Sophie Cookson and Lucien Laviscount

This Time Next Year

Signature Entertainment has unveiled the UK trailer and artwork for the eagerly anticipated British rom-com, This Time Next Year. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Nick Moore, known for his work in the romance genre, this charming film is set to release on digital platforms on June 3rd.

Set in the heart of London, This Time Next Year tells the story of Minnie and Quinn, two strangers whose lives become intertwined after a chance meeting at a New Year's Eve party. What makes their connection unique is not just the chemistry between them, but the revelation that they were born on the same day, in the same London hospital, just one minute apart.


Minnie, played by Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service), has grown up believing that Quinn, portrayed by Lucien Laviscount (Emily in Paris), stole her luck by being born one minute before her and taking the name her mother had intended for her. However, as Quinn learns of Minnie's belief, he is determined to set things right. But is it Quinn's actions that bring them together, or is it fate intervening?

The film boasts a stellar cast including Golda Rosheuvel (Bridgerton), John Hannah (The Mummy), Monica Dolan (Pride), Anita Dobson (EastEnders), and Mandip Gill (Doctor Who). Written by Sophie Cousens and directed by Nick Moore, This Time Next Year promises to be a heartwarming and entertaining addition to the rom-com genre.

With its London setting, relatable characters, and a unique twist on the classic rom-com formula, This Time Next Year is sure to captivate audiences. Don't miss out on this delightful film when it arrives on Digital Platforms on June 3rd, distributed by Signature Entertainment.

Sunday 28 April 2024

REVIEW: Parallel (2024 Film) - Starring Danielle Deadwyler, Aldis Hodge and Edwin Hodge

Parallel

Review by Jon Donnis

"Parallel" is a mind-bending sci-fi thriller that takes audiences on a journey through alternate realities. Directed by Kourosh Ahari and written by the talented team of Aldis and Edwin Hodge along with Jonathan Keasey, the film explores the complexities of grief, identity, and the mysteries of the multiverse.


The story follows Vanessa (Danielle Deadwyler), who seeks solace at her family's lake house following the tragic loss of her child. Accompanied by her husband, Alex (Aldis Hodge), and his brother, Martel (Edwin Hodge), Vanessa's attempt to find peace is shattered when she encounters a parallel version of herself. As she grapples with the existence of multiple universes, Vanessa must confront the possibility that these parallel gates hold the key to either releasing her from her grief or trapping her forever.

One of the film's greatest strengths lies in the stellar performances delivered by Danielle Deadwyler and Aldis and Edwin Hodge. Their portrayal of a family torn apart by tragedy is both compelling and emotionally resonant. Ahari's minimalist direction allows the audience to focus on Vanessa's journey, adding to the film's tense atmosphere.


"Parallel" is a sci-fi thriller that prioritizes storytelling over spectacle, making it a refreshing change for fans of the genre. Despite its relatively small cast, the film delivers a powerful punch, keeping viewers engaged from start to finish. The directing and cinematography are particularly strong, enhancing the film's eerie atmosphere.

While the plot of "Parallel" can be complex at times, its twists and turns keep viewers on the edge of their seats, prompting them to question the nature of reality, life, and death. However, the film's dialogue and writing are its weak points, occasionally detracting from the overall experience.


In summary, "Parallel" is a tense and thought-provoking sci-fi thriller that delves into the intricacies of alternate realities. What begins as a family's struggle with grief quickly escalates into a terrifying journey through the unknown. Despite its flaws, "Parallel" is sure to leave audiences questioning the mysteries of the universe long after the credits roll.

I score Parallel a decent 7.5 out of 10.

Out Now on Apple TV at - https://apple.co/3UMuqIV
and on Amazon Prime at - https://amzn.to/44gvSWV

Saturday 27 April 2024

REVIEW: Boy Kills World (2024 Film) - Starring Bill Skarsgård and Famke Janssen

Review by Jon Donnis

"Boy Kills World" is a wild rollercoaster ride of action, comedy, and revenge, directed by Moritz Mohr in his feature directorial debut. With a star-studded cast led by Bill Skarsgård, the film delivers a joyfully creative and gleefully violent experience that is sure to entertain fans of hardcore action and dark comedy alike.


The plot follows Boy, portrayed by Skarsgård, a deaf-mute man seeking vengeance against the deranged matriarch, Hilda Van Der Koy, played menacingly by Famke Janssen, who murdered his family, leaving him orphaned and voiceless. Trained in martial arts by a mysterious shaman, Boy teams up with a ragtag resistance group to enact his bloody campaign of revenge. Along the way, he is accompanied by his inner voice, provided by H. Jon Benjamin, which adds a quirky and humorous layer to the narrative as he bickers with the ghost of his deceased sister.


One of the film's strongest points is its unabashed creativity. Director Mohr infuses the action with a darkly comedic energy and a video game-inspired style that sets it apart from typical studio fare. The result is a frenzied chaos of brutal violence, wacky inner thoughts, and bloody revenge that works well within its specific niche. The combination of great comedy, gore, and action makes for an original and entertaining viewing experience.


However, "Boy Kills World" is not without its flaws. Some of the fight sequences drag on longer than necessary, overstaying their welcome and dampening the pacing of the film. Additionally, while the film excels in delivering visceral thrills, the villains and world-building feel somewhat underdeveloped, lacking the depth and complexity needed to fully engage the audience beyond the surface level.

Overall, "Boy Kills World" earns a solid 7 out of 10. It may not be perfect, but its infectious energy, inventive style, and gleeful mayhem make it a worthwhile watch for fans of action-packed thrillers with a dark comedic twist.

Watch now at Apple TV at https://apple.co/3UyvnEq

Friday 26 April 2024

COMPETITION: Win The End We Start From on Blu-ray


Signature Entertainment is releasing The End We Start From on 29th April.
And to celebrate we have a great competition and a copy on Blu-ray to give away.

Synopsis
As London grapples with an environmental crisis that submerges the city in unprecedented floodwaters, a young family finds themselves torn apart amidst the chaos. A determined new mother (Jodie Comer) navigates the treacherous waters to keep her newborn safe and reunite with her loved ones. An exhilarating and emotional journey that unveils the unbreakable spirit that arises in the face of disaster.


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

COMPETITION CLOSED

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 06-05-24
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 25 April 2024

REVIEW: Abigail (2024 Film) - Starring Alisha Weir, Melissa Barrera and Dan Stevens

Abigail

Review by Jon Donnis
"Abigail," directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, is a delightful blend of horror, comedy, and campiness, reimagining the classic "Dracula's Daughter" with a modern twist. The film follows a group of kidnappers who unknowingly abduct a 12-year-old vampire, setting off a series of events that are both terrifying and amusing.


One of the film's strongest points is its ability to take a seemingly limited premise and turn it into an unpredictable and thoroughly entertaining experience. From start to finish, viewers are kept on the edge of their seats, never quite sure what twist or turn the story will take next. The filmmakers have crafted an intense, well-filmed, and utterly entertaining work that is sure to delight horror fans.

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett have delivered their most refined, funniest, and bloodiest film yet with "Abigail." The movie demonstrates that the undead genre is still capable of being lively and immensely entertaining. While "Abigail" is light on scares, it more than makes up for it with copious amounts of gore and plenty of laughs. Alisha Weir delivers a standout performance as the terrifying yet fun titular character, bringing a perfect blend of menace and campiness to the role.


However, despite its many strengths, "Abigail" does suffer from a lack of originality in its script. While the film puts a fresh spin on the classic vampire tale, it ultimately treads familiar ground, relying on well-worn tropes and clichés.

In summary, "Abigail" is a fun and gory horror comedy that is sure to delight fans of the genre. While it may not break new ground in terms of storytelling, its blend of horror, comedy, and campiness makes it a must-see for anyone looking for a good time at the movies. I would score "Abigail" a solid 8.5 out of 10.

Out in cinemas now and on Apple TV at https://apple.co/3xPr6n8

Wednesday 24 April 2024

Crime and Sci-Fi Adventures Headline May 2024 Premieres on LEGEND

LEGEND promises an action-packed May with an exciting lineup of crime dramas, action thrillers, and sci-fi adventures. The schedule includes UK TV premieres and channel premieres of some of the most captivating movies and series. From classic thrillers to contemporary action-packed dramas, LEGEND has something for every fan this May.


Kicking off the month on May 3rd at 22:45, viewers can catch the channel premiere of Lucky Number Slevin (2005). Starring Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Ben Kingsley, and Morgan Freeman, this film follows Slevin Kelevra as he gets caught in the middle of a war between two rival crime bosses in New York City.

Every Saturday from May 4th, viewers can enjoy the classic anthology series The Twilight Zone (1960) at 20:30. Filled with suspense, sci-fi, and unexpected plot twists, this series explores 'a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man', promising to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

On May 4th at 21:00, don't miss the channel premiere of The Escapist (2008). This gripping thriller follows convict Frank Perry (Brian Cox) as he plans an ingenious escape from prison to see his ill daughter. Alongside Dominic Cooper and Joseph Fiennes, Cox leads a dysfunctional band of escapists in a daring bid for freedom.


For fans of sci-fi, The Butterfly Effect (2003) makes its channel premiere on May 9th at 21:00. Starring Ashton Kutcher, the film follows Evan Treborn as he discovers he can travel back in time through his journals, attempting to reclaim lost memories with disastrous consequences.

Stratton (2017) premieres on May 11th at 21:00. Dominic Cooper stars as dedicated SBS operative Stratton, who teams up with MI5 and MI6 to track down a terrorist threatening London. With tension and action at every turn, this film is sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

On May 16th at 21:00, catch the channel premiere of Commandos (1968). Set during World War II, this Italian film follows an American commando unit parachuted behind enemy lines in North Africa, starring Lee Van Cleef and Jack Kelly.


Mark your calendars for May 17th at 22:55 for the UK TV premiere of A Violent Man (2021). Starring Craig Fairbrass, Zoë Tapper, and Stephen Odubola, this gripping drama follows the life of an institutionalized prisoner whose world is turned upside down when he meets his estranged daughter and a new cellmate.

Unchained (2017) makes its UK TV premiere on May 18th at 21:00. Starring Adrien Brody, Antonio Banderas, John Malkovich, and Rory Culkin, this action-packed thriller follows three career criminals who find themselves fighting for their lives after a robbery gone wrong.


Wrapping up the month on May 24th at 23:00 is the channel premiere of We Still Kill the Old Way (2014). When his brother is murdered by a gang of youths, expat Richie (Ian Ogilvy) returns to his gangster roots in a violent quest for vengeance.

Finally, on May 25th at 21:00, don't miss the channel premiere of Double Team (1997). Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dennis Rodman, this all-action sci-fi thriller follows counterterrorist Jack Quinn as he races against time to save his wife and unborn son from a terrorist threat.

With such a diverse and thrilling lineup, LEGEND promises an unmissable May for all fans of crime dramas, action thrillers, and sci-fi adventures. Make sure to tune in and catch these exciting premieres!

TV: Sky 148 / Virgin 149 / Freeview 41 / Freesat 137


Tuesday 23 April 2024

COMPETITION: Win Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part 2 on 4K UHD


Based on DC’s iconic comic book limited series ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, join DC Super Heroes from across the multiverse in the second of three parts in DC’s new animated film Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Two, which continues the trilogy that marks the beginning of the end to the Tomorrowverse story arc.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the all-new, action-packed DC animated film features some of DC’s most famous Super Heroes from multiple universes including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, who come together to stop an impending threat of doom and destruction. Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Two will be available to purchase on Digital Download on 23rd April and on 4K UHD + Blu-ray in limited edition steelbook packaging on 29th April.

And to celebrate we have a great competition and a copy on 4K UHD Steelbook to give away.

Synopsis
An endless army of SHADOW DEMONS bent on the destruction of all reality swarms over our world and all parallel Earths! The only thing opposing them is the mightiest team of metahumans ever assembled. But not even the combined power of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and all their fellow superheroes can slow down the onslaught of this invincible horde. What mysterious force is driving them? And how do the long-buried secrets of the Monitor and Supergirl threaten to crush our last defence?

Justice League Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Two will be available on Digital Download on 23rd April. On 29th April, the film will be available to purchase on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray in limited edition steelbook packaging, with pre-order available now.

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

COMPETITION CLOSED

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 06-05-24
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.

Monday 22 April 2024

NEWS & TRAILER: Alien Hunt (2024 Film) - Starring Barron Boedecker, Chelsey Fuller, Brent Bentley and Deiondre Teagle

Alien Hunt

By Jon Donnis
Get ready for a chilling, adrenaline-pumping ride with "Alien Hunt," the latest creature feature horror film from director Aaron Mirtes (The Bigfoot Trap, Painted in Blood). Set for its US premiere on May 14, 2024, and available on digital platforms thanks to Devilworks, this sci-fi horror promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.


Starring Barron Boedecker (Escape Pod, The Bigfoot Trap), Brent Bentley (The Perfect In-Laws, Haunt Season), Deiondre Teagle (The Visitor, Painted in Blood, Death Ranch), Chelsey Fuller (The Bigfoot Trap, The Silent Natural), Jesse Santoyo (A Nashville Country Christmas, Potter's Ground), and Adam Pietripaoli (The Bigfoot Trap, The OctoGames), "Alien Hunt" takes you on a thrilling journey into the wilderness.

During a hunting trip, a group of siblings stumbles upon an abandoned military outpost on their land. But what they find inside is beyond their wildest nightmares.


As they face off against a relentless army of extraterrestrial beings, the hunters become the hunted. A brutal battle for survival ensues, where it's kill or be killed.

Prepare yourself for an intense, heart-pounding fight for survival in "Alien Hunt".

Alien Hunt is on digital from May 14 2024 (US with UK release TBC)

Executive produced by Devilworks and their US distribution arm New Era Entertainment, the creature horror will be released on Premium TVOD, rolling out across all digital platforms, such as In-Demand, Hoopla, Vudu, Amazon, YouTube, to name a few.

Saturday 20 April 2024

REVIEW: Civil War (2024 Film) - Starring Kirsten Dunst and Nick Offerman

Civil War

Review by Jon Donnis
"Civil War," directed by Alex Garland, promised to be a gripping narrative set against the backdrop of a nation torn apart by civil strife. However, what unfolds on screen is a disappointing and underwhelming experience.

The film follows a group of journalists led by renowned war photographer Lee Smith, played by Kirsten Dunst, as they navigate the dangerous landscape of a nation engulfed in civil war. Despite an intriguing premise, "Civil War" fails to deliver on its potential.


One of the film's major shortcomings is its lack of compelling storytelling. Rather than delving into the ideologies driving the conflict, the narrative focuses primarily on the ethical dilemmas faced by the journalists. This narrow focus makes the film feel like a missed opportunity to explore the complexities of the civil war setting.

While there are moments of tension and some nice cinematography, they are not enough to salvage the film from its overall dullness. The characters fail to engage, and the storyline lacks depth and nuance.


One redeeming aspect of the film is the incorporation of real-life footage depicting the violence perpetrated by radical far-left anarchists. However, this is not enough to save the film from its overall lackluster execution.

In the end, "Civil War" is a film that fails to live up to its potential. It is a missed opportunity to explore important themes and instead delivers a dull and uninspired viewing experience. I score "Civil War" a poor 3 out of 10.

Out in cinemas now.

Friday 19 April 2024

REVIEW: The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (2024 Film) - Starring Henry Cavill, Eiza González, Alan Ritchson and Alex Pettyfer

Review by Jon Donnis
"The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare" is a rollicking adventure that gleefully blends historical fiction with action-packed comedy, delivering a high-octane romp through WWII-era espionage. Directed and co-written by Guy Ritchie, the film takes liberal liberties with historical events, crafting a wildly entertaining narrative centered around the creation of the first special forces unit under Winston Churchill's clandestine directive.

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (2024 Film) - Starring Henry Cavill, Eiza González, Alan Ritchson and Alex Pettyfer

Based on the book "The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler's Downfall, Giving Birth to Modern-Day Black Ops" by Damien Lewis - Read that at https://amzn.to/3UnyC1b

Set against the backdrop of a war-torn Europe in 1941, the film plunges viewers into a world of daring sabotage missions and unconventional warfare. The plot follows Brigadier Colin Gubbins (Cary Elwes) as he orchestrates Operation Postmaster, a top-secret mission to disrupt Nazi U-Boat operations. With a motley crew of rogues and misfits at his disposal, including the charismatic Gus March-Phillips (played with charm and wit by Henry Cavill), the stage is set for a daring escapade filled with humor, suspense, and explosive action.

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (2024 Film) - Starring Henry Cavill, Eiza González, Alan Ritchson and Alex Pettyfer

One of the film's strongest assets is its stellar cast, who inject the proceedings with charisma and chemistry. Henry Cavill shines as the roguish Gus, delivering a performance that balances comedic timing with genuine heroism. Eiza González sizzles as the seductive Marjorie Stewart, while Alan Ritchson steals scenes as the enigmatic Anders Lassen. The ensemble cast brings a lively energy to the film, making each character memorable in their own right.

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (2024 Film) - Starring Henry Cavill, Eiza González, Alan Ritchson and Alex Pettyfer

Ritchie's signature style is on full display, with kinetic camerawork, rapid-fire editing, and sharp dialogue infusing the film with a sense of dynamism. The action sequences are expertly choreographed, blending slapstick humor with thrilling suspense. Christopher Benstead's jazzy score adds another layer of excitement, creating a lively atmosphere that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.

However, the film is not without its flaws. While the narrative is engaging and fast-paced, it does follow a somewhat predictable trajectory, and character development takes a backseat to the frenetic pace of the plot. Some viewers may find the historical inaccuracies distracting, but for those willing to suspend disbelief, "The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare" offers a delightfully absurd take on wartime heroics.

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (2024 Film) - Starring Henry Cavill, Eiza González, Alan Ritchson and Alex Pettyfer

In summary, "The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare" is a thoroughly entertaining ride that blends humour, action, and historical intrigue into a cinematic cocktail that goes down smooth. While it may not be the most faithful portrayal of WWII history, it more than makes up for it with its infectious energy and irreverent spirit. For fans of Guy Ritchie's signature style and audiences looking for a good time at the movies, this film delivers in spades.

I score "The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare" a solid 8 out of 10.

In cinemas now!

NEWS & TRAILER: Witch (2024 Film) British folk horror feature from Craig Hinde and Marc Zammit

By Jon Donnis
Get ready to be ensnared by the eerie charm of "Witch," the latest British folk horror film poised to send shivers down your spine. Directed by the dynamic duo of Craig Hinde and Marc Zammit, who also lend their pens alongside David Baboulen, this chilling tale is set to make its UK debut this Spring, courtesy of 101 Films.


Set in small-town England in 1575, "Witch" transports audiences to an era where fear of the supernatural ran rampant, and accusations of witchcraft could mean instant death. Sarah Alexandra Marks embodies Twyla, a tender-hearted wife and mother whose life hangs in the balance after being falsely accused of consorting with dark forces. Her husband William, played by Ryan Spong, embarks on a perilous quest to unearth the truth and save his beloved from a grim fate.


As William delves deeper into the shadows, he encounters tales of ancient malevolence that blur the lines between folklore and reality. Alongside him, audiences are led to question whether the witch he seeks is a mere mortal or something far more sinister. Russell Shaw adds to the intrigue with his captivating performance, drawing viewers deeper into the web of mystery and dread.


"Witch" promises to bewitch audiences with its blend of historical drama and supernatural terror, weaving a narrative that explores the bonds of love amidst the encroaching darkness. Brace yourselves for a cinematic experience that leaves an indelible mark on the past, present, and future.


Prepare to be spellbound when "Witch" materializes on digital platforms on April 29, 2024. But heed the warning: in the season of the Witch, darkness lurks where least expected.