Movies

9/11

Drama
Available on VOD: 5 september 2019
Director: Martin Guigui
Cast: Charlie Sheen (Anger Management, Two and a Half Men, Due Date), Gina Gershon (Killer Joe, P.S. I Love You, Showgirls, Inconceivable), Luis Guzmán (The Last Stand, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Anger Management ), Whoopi Goldberg ( The Color Purple, Sister Act, Glee), Wood Harris (Dredd, Ant-Man, Creed), Jacqueline Bisset (Miss You Already, Bullit)

Five individuals – a billionaire businessman; his estranged wife; a bike messenger; a young executive; and a building maintenance worker – find themselves trapped in an elevator in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001. After an unknown event jolts their elevator car to a stop, the story unfolds as the group slowly learns what is happening in the outside world. Their lone contact is with the building’s elevator systems operator, who works to guide them, via intercom, as they attempt to escape to safety. This gripping story of hope, faith, and perseverance showcases the light of the human spirit in the darkest of hours.

Reviews
  • Thewrap.com: It's Gershon who really shines here. Her telephone scene with Jacqueline Bisset, as her mother, carries the power and the tragedy of those real-life calls we heard that day from the World Trade Center; that moment, and a later exchange between Bisset and Prestyn Bates as Jeffrey and Eve’s son, go a long way toward giving “9/11” the dramatic impact it needs.
  • Marcfusion.com: Retains that small scale, personal scope, even within the massive, world changing scope of events of 9/11.
  • Stevethemovieman: highlighting a lot of recognizable actors giving above-average performances.

Angel of Mine

Thriller
Available on VOD: 12 september 2019
Director: Kim Farrant
Cast: Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6-8, Ma, Midway), Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter, Killer Elite, The Handmaid's Tale), Noomi Rapace (Millennium 1-3, Prometheus, Bright)

Based on the French film, L'Empreinte D'Lange by Safy Nebbou, years after losing her daughter in a devastating fire, a mother, still struggling to cope with the loss, becomes convinced that a stranger's daughter is in fact her own. As her obsession grows, she becomes more and more entwined in this young girl's life, causing her to lose touch with reality.

Reviews
  • RogerEbert.com: Farrant's confidence as a storyteller — along with Rapace's full-bodied performance - enrich the story and guide it toward its delicately bonkers premise.
  • FilmThreat.com: Angel of Mine is a good movie for fans of the dysfunctional family melodrama. Primarily from the performances from its leads and a strong story that holds together to the end.
  • Observer.com: The understated direction by Kim Farrant lead you into elements of surprise you do not anticipate as the film detours into a shock ending that will leave you wide-eyed with awe.
  • Screen International: Its equally challenging and cathartic payoff is worth the journey.
  • Los Angeles Times: A terrific cast and a rich sense of atmosphere.

The Corrupted

Crime, Thriller
Available on VOD: 3 oktober 2019
Director: Ron Scalpello
Cast: Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games, Adrift), Timothy Spall (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Denial), Charlie Murphy (The Foreigner, Peaky Blinders), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Paddington), Noel Clarke (Star Trek Into Darkness, Brotherhood)

 Liam (Claflin), an ex-con determined to win back the love and trust of his family after his future was stolen from him by a crime syndicate led by Clifford Cullen (Spall), a mogul whose empire has infiltrated the highest levels of politics, finance and law enforcement. Liam soon finds himself caught up in a web of conspiracy and corruption, centering around the bloody land grab that took place before the Olympic Games came to the City of London. Forced to confront the past in order to stand a chance at a future, Liam will do anything to save those he loves.

Reviews
  • Hollywoodreporter.com: A stellar cast headlined by Timothy Spall, former Hunger Games regular Sam Claflin and Downton Abbey veteran Hugh Bonneville. A timely and gripping crime thriller.
  • Radiotimes.com: oel Clarke stands out as a police detective on Spall's tail. A coherent conspiracy thriller, soaked in blood.
  • TheGuardian.com: Strong dramatic scenes and grabby performances, not least from Timothy Spall.
  • Emmaatthemovies.blogspot.com: A surprisingly gritty crime drama. 

Bloodline

Horror
Available on VOD: 7 november 2019
Director: Henry Jacobson
Cast: Seann William Scott (American Pie, Lethal Weapon), Dale Dickey (Hell or High Water, Winter's Bone), Mariela Garriga, Kevin Carroll (Blindspotting)

From the producers of Get Out, Split & Insidious.

Evan (Seann William Scott) values family above all else, and anyone who gets between him, his wife, and newborn son learns that the hard way. But when it comes to violent tendencies, it seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Reviews
  • Bloody-disgusting.com: Bloodline is a unique and bloody twist the family man trope, one that implies that the devotion with which we remain loyal to our kin may breed a monster where there was once only good intentions.  A Blood-soaked Homage to De Palma.
  • Destroythebrain.com: Violent - borderline "gornographic" - and unapologetic. Seann William Scott delivers an ice-cold chilling performance. Great cinematography and precise direction.
  • Popaxiom.com: A very enjoyable midnight movie. If you are a fan of retro horror, this is one you won’t want to miss because it is a ton of campy fun.
  • Itsjustmovies.com: a fun-loving flick from Blumhouse.
  • Collider.com: Seann William Scott nails the dead-eyed determination of a shark swimming among his prey, which can make him hard root for — especially when his moral compass starts to skew.
  • Nofspodcast.com: If it possible to be both a serial slasher and a family man? Bloodline from Blumhouse Productions and director Henry Jacobson sure think so. The film seeks to subvert your expectations of standard slasher fare, to obliterate your comfort zones, and to help you shed your assumptions – starting with the casting. Bloodline’s lead role belongs to Seann William Scott (American Pie), exploring one of the darkest, most disturbed characters he’s ever portrayed. Bloodline is gory because it is confronting. The assaults are visceral. They’re jarring. And frankly – pretty medically accurate.

Lost in London

Comedy
Available on VOD: 14 november 2019
Director: Woody Harrelson
Cast: Woody Harrelson (Venom, Midway), Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers, Zoolander, Night at the Museum - Secret of the Tomb)

The hilarious LOST IN LONDON is a first-of-its-kind film event which was filmed and screened live simultaneously in select cinemas around the world.The film is loosely based on Woody Harrelson’s tabloid-worthy and crazy London night-out resulting in him getting in trouble with the law.Directed and starring Woody Harrelson alongside cameos from Owen Wilson, Willie Nelson and Daniel Radcliffe, LOST IN LONDON is a crazy trip in the streets of London that will make you gasp and laugh in equal measures.

Reviews
  • Radiotimes.com: Harrelson pitifully sings the Cheers theme tune to bouncers and, in one of the film's highlights, exchanges insults with Owen Wilson. That kind of desperate, petty humour is the real lifeblood of this misadventure, bringing to mind such directors as Woody Allen.
  • Filminquiry.com:  A strong contender for funniest film of the year, yet so much more than just a comedy, Lost in London is the rare film to live up to its lofty ambitions.
  • TheGuardian.com: Shot in a single take and broadcast live to 500 cinemas, Harrelson’s directorial debut is a unique work that fuses technical wizardry with self-deprecating satire. Harrelson is an affectionate director, finding memorable bits for performers all across the cast list, and his writing is peppered with arresting phrases
  • DMovies.org: Rest assured, Lost in London is like nothing else you’ve seen before.DVD-
  • Fever.co.uk: I definitely recommend you check this out, not only for the concept, but also for a decent evening’s entertainment led by a consummate professional, who’s not onlystarring in it, but also wrote, co-produced and directed it.

Stockholm

Comedy, Crime
Available on VOD: 12 december 2019
Director: Robert Budreau
Cast: Ethan Hawke (24 Hours to Live, Traing Day, First Reformed), Noomi Rapace (Millennium 1-3, Prometheus, Bright), Mark Strong (Kingsman I & II, Grimsby, Zero Dark Thirty)

Lars Nystrom dons a disguise to raid a central Stockholm bank. He then takes hostages in order to spring his pal Gunnar from prison. One of the hostages includes Bianca, a wife and mother of two, who develops a strong bond with Lars as she witnesses his caring nature. This connection gave rise to the psychological phenomenon known as "Stockholm syndrome".

Reviews
  • Hollywoodreporter.com: His Stockholm, which gently massages actual events to serve as a fine vehicle for Noomi Rapace and Ethan Hawke, is far from the first movie to believably show a crime victim coming to sympathize with a criminal. But it's a funny and agile one, and should work well for art house auds. A tense and sometimes funny exploration of a famous crime.
  • Slashfilm.com: Ethan Hawke Steals the Show in a a suspenseful, riotous black comedy interlaced with moments of heartfelt emotion. 8/10.
  • JBSpins: It is a tight, energetic period thriller, helmed with a fair amount of flair by Budreau. Highly recommended.
  • Solzyatthemovies.com: Led by marvelous performances from Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace, Stockholm is a worthy addition to writer-director Robert Budreau’s resume.
  • Moveablefest.com: Budreau crafts “Stockholm” with a reserve and sense of careful composition indicative of the civil veneer that the outlaw so ruthlessly pierces, but the sly fun it has is in line with a film that rewards patience, and although it’s an open question whether that approach will pay off for its central antiheroes, it does so in spades for audiences.
  • Filmthreat.com: Stockholm is a strong case that you can do a lot with the tried-and-true trappings of a genre. Budreau has proved that with his propulsive and engaging film.

Girl On The Third Floor

Horror
Available on VOD: 12 december 2019
Director: Travis Stevens
Cast: Tonya, C.M. Punk (WWF Smackdown), Sarah Brooks

Bursting pipes, rotting walls, and unidentifiable slime were not what Don Koch expected when he convinced his wife Liz that he could rehab their new Victorian home himself. In over his head, under duress, and tempted by his old weaknesses, Don soon discovers that the house has its own dark, sordid history and won’t be so easy to renovate after all...

Reviews
  • Variety: The vengeful spirits in a former bordello prey on the home's new tenants in Travis Stevens' enjoyable horror opus.
  • RogerEbert.com: A unique vision that satisfies from beginning to gory end.
  • Film School Rejects: An effectively unsettling horror film about pains caused by monsters who are far too real.
  • Daily Dead: truly unique and wickedly weird take on haunted house tropes.
  • Nighmare On Film Street: A chilling, blood drenched haunted house flick.
  • The Verge: A skin-crawling horror movie about home improvement and hauntings.
  • Nightmarish Conjurings: Viewers get an ending that they most certainly did not see coming.
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