Movies

The Con Is On

Comedy, Crime
Available on VOD: 1 november 2018
Director: James Oakley
Cast: Uma Thurman (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Percy Jackson & the Olympians), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, The Hateful Eight), Stephen Fry (Gosford Park, V for Vendetta, A Bit of Fry and Laurie), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family, Chef), Maggie Q (Divergent, Nikita, Mission Impossible III ), Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness, Men in Black 3), Parker Posey (For Your Consideration, Superman Returns, The Oh in Ohio)

HARRIET (Thurman) and PETER FOX (Roth) are a pair of badly behaved British con-artists.  After they suffer a huge loss in poker to a psychotic gangster, IRINA (Maggie Q), they flee to Los Angeles to try and buy time until they can come up with the money.  They concoct a convoluted plan to steal a ring from Peter’s rich ex-wife JACKIE (Alice Eve).  After several failed attempts and crazy shenanigans, the couple manages to evade Irina, fool Jackie, and get the ring.  The two sell the ring and decide to retire to Brazil and give up their life of crime.  However, as they board the plane, a very pricy diamond necklace around a passenger’s neck gives them other ideas...

Reviews
  • LATimes.com: A stylish caper with enjoyably wry, martini-soaked dialogue and a terrific comedic turn by Uma Thurman as a glamorous British scam artist.
  • RogerEbert.com: Excellent cast. It's great to see Thurman in a movie star part again.
  • Flickeringmyth.com: While the characters are all over-the-top caper archetypes, the cast seems to be having the time of their lives. Tim Roth is trying his hardest to beat Gary Oldman's nicotine poisoning in Darkest Hour by drinking ALL the martinis and straight vodkas in the world, to the point where it seems of if he doesn't have a drink in his hand. He also shatters, drops, and otherwise breaks so many glasses I would not be surprised to hear their alcohol and glassware budget was comparable to the cocaine budget in Blues Brothers. Stephen Fry is a delight as usual, and he seems to be amused by all the other characters to really give a damn about the story.
  • Reeltalkreviews.com: Thurman (Kill Bill) oozes so much glamour playing her morality-challenged character that she holds our interest in all of her scenes. Plus, Maggie Q (Divergent) makes a very relentless villain.
  • Thatmomentin.com: Good work from Thurman and Roth, who both do well as curiously likable terrible people.

The Lodgers

Horror
Available on VOD: 8 november 2018
Director: Brian O'Malley
Cast: Bill Milner (Dunkirk, X: First Class, Locke), Charlotte Vega (American Assassin, Another Me), David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), Eugene Simon (Game of Thrones, Ben Hur)

Set in 1920’s Ireland, this gothic horror story centers on brother and sister twins who are forced to stay in their estate due to a secret family curse, which took the life of their parents. But when a young man falls in love with the sister, his attempt to free her of the curse creates a deadly chain reaction.

Reviews
  • IMAGINE Film Festival: The Lodgers is een beeldschone aanvulling op de canon van gothic horrorfilms. 
  • Variety.com: Enchantingly gloomy and lustrous, this lushly staged costume chiller is a fragrant beauty indeed.
  • Cineuropa.org: O'Malley creates a lurid atmosphere by using cinematographer Richard Kendrick’s gentle camera movements and Tony Kearns’ measured editing to maximum effect, and even elevating the elements of the production design, such as the house and the menacing water, to the level of lively characters. The old, beautiful and broken mansion, with all its creaking noises and its huge wooden staircase, is allegedly a real-life haunted house, while the water the ghostly creatures live in, emerging from down below and rushing up to the ceiling in drops, looks impressive in CGI, making The Lodgers a must-see for fans of gothic horror cinema.
  • Comingsoon.net: here hasn’t been a more effective, disturbing and sensorially pleasing film of this kind since Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others and, like that masterpiece, O’Malley’s artful, lurid and meticulously orchestrated exercise in atmosphere, pretty misery and dread seeps deep under your skin. And it stays there. For keeps.
  • Digitaljournal.com: ‘The Lodgers’ is a chilling, gothic tale of co-dependent twins imprisoned by a family curse.
  • Dreadcentral.com: Delicately crafted, The Lodgers is a richly woven tapestry of classically inspired gothic horror. Smart, scary, and undeniably beautiful, it will no doubt be considered one of the pinnacles of its genre.
  • Thefilmstage.com: So we let the atmospheric mood draw us into the horror as mystery makes way towards scares. The whole looks gorgeous from the macabre carcasses of long-dead pets to the image of two bodies silently floating above the lake as O’Malley holds our attention with the rising malevolence executed by Milner and inspiring desire to take hold of her destiny imbued by Vega. That which frightens them is left shrouded in secrecy beyond the connection to their blood and the result their disobedience secures.
  • Blu-ray.com: The Lodgers presents some strong visual filmmaking from O'Malley, who has a distinct battle plan to present the enigmatic threat, creating some striking imagery along the way (with cinematographer Richard Kendrick) that increases eeriness, delivering satisfying payoff for troubling events. Turpin contributes some mental illness to lubricate the terror, with the twins adding to a long line of family rituals that contribute to their hellish existence. Mystery is present, along with Hammer-style gothic environments and numerous threats to the safety of the lead characters, and once The Lodgers finally gets going, there’s much to appreciate dramatically and cinematically. 
  • Eyeforfilm.co.uk: One of the better Gothic films of recent years, The Lodgers blends beauty and creepiness sublimely. It will delight genre fans and deliver pleasing chills to others.
Awards
  • Molins de Rei Horror Film Festival 2017 - Jury Prize Best Film
  • FANCINE Festival de Cine Fantastico de la Universidad de Malaga 2017  - Best Actress
  • FANCINE Festival de Cine Fantastico de la Universidad de Malaga 2017  - Best Special Effects

Dark Crimes

Thriller
Available on VOD: 15 november 2018
Director: Alexandros Avranas
Cast: Jim Carrey (The Truman Show, Ace Venture, Bruce Almighty), Marton Csokas (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Equalizer, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac, Melancholia, Antichrist)

When a crime novelist shares intimate knowledge of an unsolved murder, disgraced detective Tadek (Jim Carrey: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Bruce Almighty) sees an opportunity to end his career with honour. The author, outspoken provocateur Kozlow (Marton Csokas: Noah), isn t as slippery as his prose implies however. Trapped in a battle of wits that will test his very moral fibre, the hardened investigator must confront the shadows lurking in every corner if he hopes to uncover what the truth is, or really means.

Jim Carrey commands the screen in this spellbinding thriller, brought to you by the executive producers of The Revenant and Black Mass. 

Reviews
  • San Francisco Chronicle: The cast is game, the production design is impressive and a few surprises await.
  • Backtothemovies.com: A fusion of Hostel and The Snowman but does an admirable job emulating the taut narrative and pristine aesthetic of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. As the transgressive and perverse story unfolds, the shadow of the ax grows larger as the impending doom looms larger. It is a film that is for a select group of cinephiles; those who champion the works of Lars von Trier and Abel Ferrara, those who fear not where their minds may trek while watching the film. Jim Carrey gives the performance of his career.
  • DVDFever.co.uk: Dark Crimes shows that as much as Jim Carrey can be a great comedian, he excels in drama. Dark Crimes contains fantastic and stunning cinematography.
  • Crypticrock.com: Dark Crimes was incredibly impressive on so many levels, and undeniably immersing. The plot was interesting enough, but it was actually the performances and cinematography that really tipped the scales in favor of this dark and gritty Film Noir.
  • Screendaily.com: Carrey throws himself into the role with a grim-faced dedication.
  • Hollywoodreporter.com: Spicy real-life ingredients and a terrific international cast.
  • Los Angeles Times: Carrey's quietly exacting, uncharacteristic performance hints at some promising new career directions in the same manner Robin Williams successfully tapped a darker side with "One Hour Photo."
  • Consequenceofsound.net: A bizarre, fascinating turn for Carrey.
  • Villagevoice.com: A startlingly poignant and genuinely surprising bit of cinematic artistry. 
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