Movies

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.

Night Hunter

Crime, Thriller
Available on VOD: 2 januari 2020
Director: David Raymond
Cast: Henry Cavill (Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Man of Steel), Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Shutter Island, Operation Finale), Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas, Percy Jackson, Baywatch), Brendan Fletcher (RV, Arrow), Stanley Tucci (Big Night, Spotlight, A Private War), Minka Kelly (Titans, (500) Days of Summer)

When police trap online predator Simon Stulls, they soon realize that the extent of his crimes go far beyond that of his own psychological trauma. Nothing quite makes sense, that is until people involved in the case, on both sides of the law, start getting murdered...

Reviews
  • Filmliefhebber.com: Night Hunter is dan ook zeker een kijkbeurt waard.
  • NWTV.nl: Een sterke politiethriller met uitstekend acteerwerk en een verrassend plot.
  • Moviemeter.nl: Het speelfilmdebuut van David Raymond mag er wezen. Op een paar schoonheidsfoutjes na weet hij een degelijke thriller neer te zetten, die af en toe zelfs doet denken aan genregenoot Se7en en aanverwanten. Ondanks dat veel enigszins bekend aandoet, wordt je als kijker toch een paar keer op het verkeerde been gezet.
  • Backseatmafia.com: Night Hunter is an entertaining ride into dark heart of evil.
  • Empire.com: promising ideas and an impressive cast.
  • Nytimes.com: Fletcher’s slobbering performance has to be seen to be believed.
  • Hollywoodreporter.com:  Fletcher provides an intensely focused performance as the mentally and emotionally debilitated suspect.
  • Radiotimes.com: Kingsley provides gravitas and even a few chills as the vigilante, particularly when he's meting out his own excruciating brand of justice.
  • JBSpins.blogspot.com: Succeeds quite nicely as a work of dark suspense. Recommended for fans of psycho-killer thrillers.

Disturbing the Peace

Action
Available on VOD: 13 februari 2020
Director: York Alec Shackleton
Cast: Guy Pearce (Memento, Brimstone), Devon Sawa (Slackers, Final Destination, Escape Plan - The Extractors), Michael Bellisario (Jag), Dwayne Cameron (211)

A small-town marshal who hasn't carried a gun since he left the Texas Rangers after a tragic shooting must pick up his gun again to do battle with a gang of outlaw bikers that has invaded the town to pull off a brazen and violent heist.

Reviews
  • LA Times.com: Pearce is typically superb as the hero — a self-doubting U.S. marshal named Jim Dillon.
  • Worldfilmgeek.com: a really good indie action film thanks to Guy Pearce’s story of a man on the road to redemption and York Shackleton’s direction, which proves he is a name to look out for in indie action cinema.

Enemy Lines

War
Available on VOD: 23 april 2020
Director: Anders Banke
Cast: Ed Westwick (Snatch TV Series), John Hannah (Overboard, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Corey Johnson (Hunter Killer, A Private War, Captain Phillips), Tom Wisdom (Avengers Endgame)

November 1943.  A British commando squad is teamed with an American officer (Ed Westwick) on a covert mission into Poland, deep behind enemy lines.   Working with the resistance they cross the harsh Polish wilderness intent on kidnapping and extracting a sought-after Polish scientist, Dr Fabian (Pawel Delag) from the Germans.
 
Fabian is known to hold information on secret innovations that would prove vital to the Allied efforts.
 
With a German hunter unit on their tail and a Russian squad also intent on kidnapping Fabian for their own ends, it becomes a race against time, that for the winners, will change the shape of the war.

Reviews

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Strange But True

Thriller
Available on VOD: 7 mei 2020
Director: Rowan Athale
Cast: Margaret Qualley (Seberg, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood), Nick Robinson (Love Simon, Jurassic World), Brian Cox (Churchill, Succession), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Beautiful Boy), Greg Kinnear (House of Cards, Anchorman 2 - The Legend Continues)

Ronnie Chase dies tragically on the night of the school prom while his girlfriend Melissa survives. Five years later, Melissa turns up at the Chase household to tell the surviving members of his family that she is pregnant with his child. Though sceptical, they find themselves trying to prove her right, compelled by the resurfacing of their grief, only to discover that the truth is much more terrifying than they could have ever imagined.

Reviews
  • HollywoodReporter.com: An atmospheric thriller with a noir-ish undertow and strong visual style, Strange But True puts a classy spin on familiar ingredients. The twist-heavy, logic-bending plot will test audience patience in places, but the whole package is handsomely crafted and rich in strong performances from a seasoned ensemble cast led by Amy Ryan, Brian Cox, Blythe Danner and Greg Kinnear.
  • NYTimes.com: The tale is a jolting one, and the superb players do justice to the emotional distress of its characters. But a surer directorial hand might have yielded a more resonant experience.
  • RogerEbert.com: It's a pleasure to watch a movie that's told in complete, self-contained scenes with beginnings, middles and ends, and that doesn't lean on constant editorializing music and exposition dumps to create the illusion of excitement. Athale and Garcia are going for a lean-and-mean approach, and it works well.
  • Bloody-flicks.co.uk: The starry cast is all excellent, as you would expect from such a lineup, but special mention should go to Amy Ryan who conveys Charlene’s anger and grief with absolute conviction. This is first-rate stuff, and well worth 90 minutes of anyone’s time.
  • Doblu.com: Strange But True provides a provocative examination of coping with grief and loss, only to evolve into a surprisingly taut psychological thriller. Rowan Athale's movie is cleverly sad and haunting with a capable cast.
  • Eyeforfilm.co.uk: As the film digs into psychological stress, Athale crafts the sharp, unspoken parts of grief into shards that cut at his characters.
  • Filmintuition.com: Serving its phenomenal cast well as a strong dramatic showcase for the actors involved, Strange But True is anchored by that fiery trio and provides proof once again (and after the recent Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) that Andie MacDowell's daughter Margaret Qualley is the real deal.
  • Screendaily.com: Athale flirts with the visual language of horror even before the story takes a swerve into darker territory. A creepily photographed basement, the location of Blythe Danner’s laundry facilities, suggests that something malevolent is about to emerge into the story. And so it does – a truth so repulsive that it rapidly accrues a body count is launched into the action.
  • Nycmovieguru.com: a taut, provocative and moving psychological thriller.

Mercenary

Action
Available on VOD: 14 mei 2020
Director: Jesse V. Johnson
Cast: Dominiquie Vandenberg (Triple Threat), Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 1 & 2, One in the Chamber)

Maxx is a legionnaire turned mercenary. When a mission in South America goes wrong Maxx is left for dead, but he is nursed back to health and reborn with a new outlook on life. He tries to live tranquilly within the confines of his new beliefs surrounded by his new friends at a church. But his peaceful days are short-lived when mercenaries he used to work with cross his path again and he is forced to revisit and face his own demons. His brutal past, war and violence have come looking for him again. His path to redemption is interrupted and Maxx becomes an avenging warrior using the skills that were his trade.

Reviews
  • Spoilerfreemoviesleuth.com: Filled with gruesome kills, a wonderfully hammy villain, and thrilling action sequences, this is the kind of picture that is the foundation for the genre.
  • Actionreloaded.com: The Mercenary doesn’t skimp on violence either it is quite brutal, which I am sure action fans will love. Vandenberg brings his A game and I found the movie too be so much fun.
  • Theactionelite.com: Overall, The Mercenary is the action movie to beat this year and it`s only January 2nd. With a badass protagonist, a hateful villain and no shortage of bloodshed The Mercenary delivers and action fans should definitely seek it out.
  • Worldfilmgeek.com: This is definitely Dominiquie Vandenberg’s shining moment as he proves to be stellar in the lead role. A must see for action fans.
  • Bulletproofaction.com:  Dom Vandenberg is a natural fighter with a background with the French Foreign Legion, a great kicker, he’s excellent with all firearms and a master with the knife. Plus, it pays to have Louis Mandylor as the main baddie. These two together make for an awesome action movie.
  • Filmlegacy.net: There’s an undeniable satisfaction to watching a revenge plot play out, action fans will not be disappointed.
  • Kungfukingdom.com: Delivers all the hard-hitting action viewers crave while blending it with a story of a warrior ready to retire but forced to complete one final mission. Dominiquie Vandenberg delivers a gentle, understated performance as a the title character while simultaneously going all out in the film’s abundant action scenes.
  • Outlawvern.com: it's surprisingly brutal, and it ends up feeling like an origin story for a guy you want to see having more adventures.

Beyond the Law

Action, Crime
Available on VOD: 4 juni 2020
Director: James Cullen Bressack
Cast: Steven Seagal (Under Siege, A Dangerous Man, Executive Decision), Johnny Messner (Tears of the Sun, Hostage, Running Scared), DMX (Cradle 2 the Grave, Exit Wounds)

A former mobster turned businessman and a police detective must contend with a dirty ex-cop looking to bring the killer of his son to justice.

Reviews
  • TheActionElite.com: Beyond the Law is one of Seagal's better films of late even if he doesn't do all that much; this is Johnny Messner’s show and he gets to be broody and badass while he’s out for revenge.
  • Actionreladed.com: Overall its a solid action thriller featuring a cool cast line up. The story keeps you hooked and has some twists too it.
  • Carlosdev.wordpress.com: Seagal still has plenty of presence.
  • Monsterhuntermoviereviews.com: Such a clear-eyed approach to the pitfalls of a life of crime could only be dispensed by that braggadocios behemoth, Steven Seagal.
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