Movies

All The Devil's Men

Action
Available on VOD: 20 december 2018
Director: Matthew Hope
Cast: Milo Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Sylvia Hoeks (Blade Runner 2049, Overspel, Bloedverwanten, Bende van Os), William Fichtner (12 Strong, Independence Day: Resurgence, Drive Angry), Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Taking of Pelham 123, Edge of Darkness, Independence Day: Resurgence), Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci's Demons, Muse)

Jack Collins (Milo Gibson) is a war-junkie and former Navy SEAL turned bounty hunter who tracks down terrorists as part of the CIA’s outsourcing to private companies.

Battling personal demons, the powers that be think he is becoming a liability so his CIA handler Leigh (Sylvia Hoeks) offers him a one last chance to keep fighting, sending him to London for a job.  There Collins finds himself part of a three-man team tasked with hunting down a disavowed CIA Operative, called McKnight, before he procures a WMD from Russian gangsters and disappears.

Together, Collins, Brennan and Samuelson find themselves locked in urban tactical combat with a former colleague, Deighton, and his private army, hired by McKnight as protection.

Both sides fight smart and as casualties & betrayal mount on both sides, Collins refuses to be defeated as he battles his way to an explosive climax.

Reviews
  • Variety.com: Resourceful and energetic.
  • Hollywoodreporter.com: William Fichtner, terrific as usual.
  • Cinemagazine.nl: Energieke actiefilm.
  • Flickeringmyth.com: A compact, exciting movie. It was no-frills action, with the violence sitting a notch below gratuitous, with enough twists to keep you guessing how things might play out.
  • Moviesinfocus.com: Lives or dies on the action – and it delivers that in spades. There’s a lot to enjoy here including visceral and punchy action sequences and a strong performance from Milo Gibson (son of Mel).
  • Radiotimes.com: Pacey, efficiently made action thriller. Gibson Jr has the glower if not the intensity of his old man, and gets solid support from William Fichtner (as a sardonic soldier buddy), The Wire's Gbenga Akinnagbe and Blade Runner 2049's Sylvia Hoeks (as his handler).

68 Kill

Action, Comedy, Crime
Available on VOD: 10 januari 2019
Director: Trent Haaga
Cast: Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds, (500) Days of Summer), AnnaLynne McCord (90210, Officer Down, Scorned), Alisha Boe (13 Reasons Why), Sheila Vand (Argo)

Scraping by flushing septic systems is not his vision of a perfect life, but Chip (Gubler) is a simple guy and he’s got a great girlfriend in Liza (McCord). Sure, she supplements their income with a sugar daddy, but every relationship has its own complexities. When she suggests that they relieve her sleazy benefactor of a stack of cash, Chip begins to see a side of her he never knew existed…or never wanted to admit. Now he’s got a gun in his hand, a girl in his trunk and less than 24 hours to figure his way out of this mess.

Scraping by flushing septic systems is not his vision of a perfect life, but Chip (Gubler) is a simple guy and he’s got a great girlfriend in Liza (McCord). Sure, she supplements their income with a sugar daddy, but every relationship has its own complexities. When she suggests that they relieve her sleazy benefactor of a stack of cash, Chip begins to see a side of her he never knew existed…or never wanted to admit. Now he’s got a gun in his hand, a girl in his trunk and less than 24 hours to figure his way out of this mess.

Scraping by flushing septic systems is not his vision of a perfect life, but Chip (Gubler) is a simple guy and he’s got a great girlfriend in Liza (McCord). Sure, she supplements their income with a sugar daddy, but every relationship has its own complexities. When she suggests that they relieve her sleazy benefactor of a stack of cash, Chip begins to see a side of her he never knew existed…or never wanted to admit. Now he’s got a gun in his hand, a girl in his trunk and less than 24 hours to figure his way out of this mess.
Reviews
  • Variety.com: A zesty black comedy whose nebbish hero gets subjected to a prolonged ordeal of painful misfortunes. viewers and programmers with a taste for midnight-movie outrageousness will cotton to its mix of sleaze, quease and bad-taste absurdism.
  • Bloody-disgusting.com: For those seeking a viciously violent, amazingly cast and hilarious thriller, 68 Kill delivers on levels that few recent efforts have. This film’s singular vision of the dark side is brutally entertaining. Its idea of gender and masculinity are more old-fashioned than they need to be, but that doesn’t stop the female leads from giving balls-to-the-wall incredible performances. For this alone, this one is worth watching. This brand of insanity doesn’t come along often.
  • Wegotthiscovered.com: This wacky gender standoff rocks and rolls as a late-night siren should. Haaga is back, funny and fucked-up as ever. 68 Kills feels like a short Tarantino story; a bloody late-nighter that features an unstoppable genre role for AnnaLynne McCord.
  • Dailydead.com: Charm-Filled, Southern-Fried Caper, a wickedly fun heist movie that subverts genre fan’s expectations by playing around with gender conventions, delivering several impressive storytelling swerves that genuinely kept me guessing up until the very end.
  • Filmthrills.com: Part of the beauty of 68 Kill stems from Haaga reversing the gender dynamics we’re used to seeing in this kind of uber violent, modern noir film. Not only Chip is the one in consistent need of rescue by one of the women in his life, but he’s often reduced to cringing and whimpering mess. With 68 Kill, Haaga delivers a crowd pleasing, high octane thriller that is well worth your time and energy.
  • iHorror.com: Trent Haaga’s “68 Kill” is a Bloody Masterpiece of Feminism, Anti-Stereotypes and Dark Humor.
  • ScreamHorrormag.com: Leaves us with virtually nowhere to hide from its bawdiness, frenzied brutality and kinky, kooky humour; all buoyed by a totally talented, committed and game cast.
  • Talkfilmsociety.com: Takes the audience along through a number of wild scenarios, adorned with a series of dimensionalized, grounded characters. While a number of them are deranged psychotics (for lack of a better word), they always capture your attention, and make you wonder just where the story is going to go next. 68 Kill comes well recommended.

Piercing

Horror, Thriller
Available on VOD: 7 februari 2019
Director: Nicolas Pesce
Cast: Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night, James White), Mia Wasikowska (Alice Through the Looking Glass, Only Lovers Left Alive), Laia Costa

Reed (Christopher Abbott) is going on a business trip. He kisses his wife and infant son goodbye, but in lieu of a suitcase filled with clothes, he's packed a toothbrush and a murder kit. Everything is meticulously planned: check into a hotel and kill an unsuspecting victim. Only then will he rid himself of his devious impulses and continue to be a good husband and father. But Reed gets more than he bargained for with Jackie (Mia Wasikowska), an alluring call girl who arrives at his room. First, they relax and get in the mood, but when there’s an unexpected disruption, the balance of control begins to sway back and forth between the two. Is he seeing things? Who's playing whom? Before the night is over, a feverish nightmare will unfold, and Reed and Jackie will seal their bond in blood.


Based on the critically acclaimed cult novel by Ryu Murakami, Director Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother, Sundance 2016) blends psychological horror with comedy and stylish neo-noir, resulting in a sly take on the fantasy of escape and the hazards of modern romance.
Reviews
  • IFFR.com: Zelfs Freud doet zijn intrede in dit onvoorspelbare, seksueel geladen duel, dat zowel een dodelijke krachtmeting als een bevrijdende loutering zou kunnen zijn. Is dit wat zich afspeelt achter die anonieme vensters van de gestileerde stadsgezichten die het decor vormen?
  • Schokkendniuews.nl: Wasikowska in het bijzonder is fantastisch: grillig, onvoorspelbaar, kwetsbaar en angstaanjagend tegelijkertijd.
  • Moviemeter.nl: Al vanaf de miniatuur-flatgebouwen tijdens de opening weet je dat je met iets bijzonders te maken hebt. De film omvat een ijzingwekkend kat- en muisspel tussen de twee goed acterende hoofdrolspelers Christopher Abbott en Mia Wasikowska. De genres vliegen je om de oren, maar het houdt ergens midden tussen een prachtig vormgegeven psychologische thriller en een gitzwarte komedie. Hele review hier.
  • TheHollywoodReporter.com: A nail-biter whose sick premise conceals a stranger agenda. Stars Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska go a long way toward keeping this tricky pic balanced, though Pesce's knowing use of sleazy-Seventies vibe (following the distinctive b&w spareness of The Eyes of My Mother, his only previous feature) creates the perfect world for them to do it in.
  • Variety.com: An orderly murder takes a twist in Nicolas Pesce's stunning black comedy.The film is expertly crafted with jewel-toned cinematography, terrifically sleazy saxophone music, and performances by Abbott and Wasikowska that take turns seizing command.
  • JoBlo.com: Both main actors are perfectly suited to their roles. Waskikowska continues to make a career out of playing seemingly vulnerable yet potentially very dangerous women, so she and Jackie are an ideal match. Abbott has the unenviable task of making Reed someone we end up caring about. 8/10.
  • Culturefix.co.uk: Piercing is a cinematic assault that firmly establishes Pesce as one of the genre's most exciting filmmakers. This twisted psycho-sexual body horror amuses with its obscene black comedy, repels with its gruesome brutality, and entrances with its aesthetic bravado. 
Awards
  • Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2018: Winner International Critic's Award
  • Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2018: Winner Imaging the Future Award (Production Design)
  • Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2018: Nominee Best Feature Film
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival 2018: Nominee Tiger Award
  • Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival 2018: Nominee Best Film

Asher

Crime, Thriller
Available on VOD: 7 maart 2019
Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Cast: Famke Janssen (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Taken Trilogy), Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Drive, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws, Book Club), Peter Facinelli (The Twilight Sagas, Nurse Jackie, S.W.A.T.), Jacqueline Bisset (Miss You Already, Bullit)

Asher (Ron Perlman) is a former Mossad agent turned gun for hire, living an austere life in an ever-changing Brooklyn. Approaching the end of his career, he breaks the oath he took as a young man when he meets Sophie (Famke Janssen) on a hit gone wrong. In order to have love in his life before it's too late, he must kill the man he was, for a chance at becoming the man he wants to be.

Reviews
  • Chicago.suntimes.com: Thanks to the great performances by Perlman and the supporting cast; a knowing and literate script by Jay Zaretsky, and the slick direction of Michael Caton-Jones, this is a sparkling black diamond of film noir.
  • Hollywoodreporter.com: Terrific performance by Perlman, who infuses the title character with a compelling, world-weary gravitas. His Asher is so quietly sympathetic that, should the occasion arise, you might almost wish to be done in by him yourself. Janssen is equally good, lending subtle grace notes to what could have been a one-dimensional romantic interest.
  • Blu-ray.com: Asher is supported by Perlman’s lead performance, and he’s terrific here with his typical understated ways and intimidation factor. He also plays vulnerability with grace, giving the hardened man a few openings around Sophie, making the most of his unusual chemistry with Janssen.  A commendable performance or intriguing study of the human experience, with director Michael Caton-Jones maintaining impressive control over the tone of the movie.
  • Cinemasojourns.com: Perlman and Janssen have great on-screen chemistry.
  • Jbspins.blogspot.com: Caton-Jones has the right touch for this material, maintaining a vibe that is dark and serious, yet somehow also light. Despite all of Asher’s brooding and seething, the film moves along at a spritely tempo. This is not a monumental cinematic statement, but it is an entertaining (yet surprisingly honest) film that Perlman’s fans will particularly enjoy.
  • Prettyvacantone.com: Thoughtful dramedy Asher offers a killer time.
  • Eu.azcentral.com: You'll root for this aging hitman.
  • Latimes.com: Perlman has a physical presence that makes him look like he stepped off the cover of a paperback. He brings soul to this old hired gun.

Beyond The Sky

SF, Thriller
Available on VOD: 14 maart 2019
Director: Fulvio Sestito
Cast: Ryan Carnes (General Hospital), Jordan Hinson (A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas ), Claude Duhamel (Traffik), Martin Sensmeier (The Magnificent Seven, Wind River), Peter Stormare (Fargo, John Wick Chapter 2)

Despite his doubts, Chris decides to help a woman, who claims to be an alien abductee, discover the truth and prove that we are not alone.

Reviews
  • LATimes.com: Appealingly twisty and easy to watch. Well-constructed action sequences and impressive special effects.
  • Irishfilmcritic.com: Intriguing Science Fiction, combined with remarkable visuals and authentic performances. We are rewarded for our patience in the movie’s impressive finale.
  • Worldfilmgeek.com: Meshes some found footage and the narrative structure well.
  • Starburstmagazine.com: Efficient and well-made, 7/10.
  • Pophorror.com: A fun take on the alien abduction subgenre, and it’s refreshing with its humor and quirky cast of characters. After watching this movie, I want to believe.
  • Marcfusion.com: The finale is a spectacle with some terrific special effects, but the characters remained the real draw.
  • Lovehorror.co.uk: A noteworthy and classy addition. The production value here is imaginative and vibrant and gives us a third act that confidentially owns the notion of going into a spaceship.
  • Blu-ray.com: A satisfying evening's viewing and, accordingly, recommended.

Galveston

Thriller
Available on VOD: 4 april 2019
Director: Mélanie Laurent
Cast: Ben Foster (Hell or High Water, The Messenger), Elle Fanning (Maleficent, Trumbo, The Neon Demon), Lili Reinhart (Riverdale), Beau Bridges (Max Payne, Fabulous Baker Boys)

Roy is a heavy-drinking criminal enforcer and mob hit man whose boss, Stan, a New Orleans mobster, sets up Roy in a double-cross scheme to have him killed on the very day that Roy receives news that he has lung cancer. Roy anticipates Stan’s plan, however, and ends up killing off the hit men before they can complete their job. In the bloody aftermath, Roy discovers Rocky, a teenage prostitute on the scene, who he takes with him, saving her from imminent peril at the hands of Stan and his goons.


Roy and Rocky look to escape pursuit by holing up in Galveston, Texas, a place that Roy knows from his mysterious past. On the way, Rocky convinces Roy to make a stop, and they end up with Rocky’s 3-year-old sister, Tiffany, who she retrieves from her stepfather at gunpoint.

Living for a time in a run-down motel occupied by guests of questionable motive, the trio form a bond unlike any Roy and Rocky have experienced before. Roy needs to find a way to close the book on Stan, while at the same time aiming to provide the seeds of a hopeful future for Rocky and Tiffany. But dangers from Roy and Rocky’s past are closer than Roy knows, threatening any glimpse of salvation.

Reviews
  • Rogerebert.com: Some of the darker, more brutal edges of the film hinder it at times as Laurent’s poetic visual eye and the stark ugliness of what happens here can feel at odds. But even when the movie struggles with a lead character who is kind of reprehensible, Foster and Fanning hold it together.
  • TheHollywoodReporter.com: Actor/director Melanie Laurent makes her English-language directing debut with Galveston, a seedy but sincere and strikingly attractive picture.
  • Boomhowdy.com: For Fanning it’s yet another feather in her cap, adding to an already impressive body of work that’s sure to extend for decades to come. She slides into the sweet and naive part with minimal effort. One can easily understand why Laurent has made mention that Fanning was her first and only choice for the part. It’s Ben Foster though, who cements himself as a consummate actor of note, with his understated, but impactful role.
  • TheFilmstage.com: Foster and Fanning are predictably great together, cut from the same bayou cloth.
  • Moveablefest.com: Melanie Laurent’s “Galveston” Is So Good It Should Be Criminal. The French writer/director comes out with guns blazin' in her first American film.
  • Vanyaland.com: But coming in at a brisk 90 minutes, Galveston is a neo-noir model of narrative efficiency anchored by excellent work by two of our finest actors, and a film that will hopefully serve as Laurent’s introduction to the world of English-language cinema as something other than an actress.
  • Birthmoviesdeath.com: The details that make up a great lurid chronicle are here.
  • Movietalkwithjakesalinas.com: Galveston is a very, very well made crime thriller. It’s a simple idea and a simple tale, but it’s done so effectively thanks to a great writer-director, and an equally great cast.
  • Filmschoolrejects.com: Galveston proves the right performers can make any tune dance.
  • Movieweb.com: A Thrilling Powerhouse That Leaves Its Mark
  • Austinchronicle.com: Galveston is a deeply touching exploration of the harsh world that shapes its tragic main characters.
  • Bleedingcool.com: Galveston is tough to watch at times, but with the compelling performances, slow burn pacing, and gut punch ending, it really delivers in the end.
  • Behindthelensonline.net: oster’s Roy Cady is a man of little words and speaks with physicality, be it by physical strength or shoulder lowering humility or shame. Fanning finds the perfect balance of naivete and emotional growth for Rocky. Together it’s impossible to take your eyes off them.

Pledge

Horror, Thriller
Available on VOD: 11 april 2019
Director: Daniel Robbins
Cast: Zachery Byrd, Phillip Andre Botello, Aaron Dalla Villa, Cameron Cowperthwaite

Three nerdy college freshmen, Ethan, David, and Justin, are having a tough time adjusting to college life. Rejected and ridiculed by just about every fraternity on campus, they are prepared to give up all hope. That is, until a beautiful girl invites them off campus to a party at a secluded mansion.

They are not only invited in, but are treated like princes by the resident brothers. The party is everything they dreamed college would be—beautiful women, drinking, and most importantly, a cool group of guys willing to accept them as one of their own.

When the freshmen are presented with an opportunity to pledge the elite social club, they accept without hesitation. However, as the gruesome, dehumanizing hazing progresses, a more sinister picture of the club emerges.

Reviews
  • Bloody-disgusting.com: For those that like their thrillers fast and warped, Pledge is an entertaining take on a familiar story. Partying, torture, death, and dark humor makes for a fun and sometimes gruesome watch.
  • Ukfilmreview.co.uk: Phenomenally well balanced and containing outstanding performances across the board, this is incredible horror/thriller filmmaking.
  • Thehollywoodnews.com: Pledge offers a fresh spin on the horrors of pledge life through this new genre angle. This film is a bloody and brutal burst of masculinity that packs a punch.
  • Cinemaslasher.com: Pledge is paced perfectly, with many of the sequences unfolding in real time, which adds a suspenseful urgency to the film.
  • Culturecrypt.com:  a clear-cut slash of traditional thrills biting off only what it can chew with entertainingly sharp teeth.
  • Nightmarishconjurings.com: A brilliantly crafted thriller.
  • Haddonfieldhorror.com: Equal parts intoxicating and nauseating.
  • Pophorror.com: Utterly insane and one hell of a ride.
  • Thatmomentin.com: A grueling and brutal rollercoaster ride.
  • Adamthemoviegod.com: A masterclass of gritty independent cinema, sure to go down as one of the best independent films of 2018.
  • Dailygrindhouse.com:  The film is gorgeously shot, a nasty piece of work to show off to your friends so that you can watch them cringe, and with the tight runtime, you just go in, get your hands and soul messy, and get out. A cutthroat, grueling experience.
  • Dreadcentral.com: With the insane incidents that happen to the guys in this film, I feared if the overall concept of this movie had ever been done for an actual pledge.
  • Filmthreat.com: Watching Pledge, I almost felt like I had found the loophole in the system and discovered that it doesn't take a big budget or a recognizable IP to sell a ticket. I was wholly entertained from the start to the finish.
  • Eyeforfilm.co.uk: a solid little horror movie with plentiful unpleasantness.Filmpulse.net: A solidly crafted thriller.
  • Modernhorrors.com: A Mean and Disgusting Home Run of a Horror Film. Don’t miss this one.
  • Nightmarishconjurings.com: A fantastic thriller that kept me entertained and on edge throughout its entire duration, and even surprised me at the end.
  • Slashfilm.com: Pledge stakes its genre claim on fruitless anger, merciless abuse and satirical wit concerning what we're willing to do for popularity.
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