Movies

The Dinner

Drama, Thriller
Available on VOD: 16 augustus 2018
Director: Oren Moverman
Cast: Richard Gere (An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Arbitrage, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ), Steve Coogan (The Trip to Spain, The Other Guys), Laura Linney (Nocturnal Animals, Sully), Rebecca Hall (The Town, Frost/Nixon), Chloë Sevigny (Antibirth, The Snowman)

When Stan Lohman (Richard Gere), a popular congressman running for governor, invites his troubled younger brother Paul (Steve Coogan) and his wife Claire (Laura Linney) to join him and his wife Katelyn (Rebecca Hall) for dinner at one of the town’s most fashionable restaurants, the stage is set for a tense night. While Stan and Paul have been estranged since childhood, their 16-year- old sons are friends, and the two of them have committed a horrible crime that has shocked the country. While their sons’ identities have not yet been discovered and may never be, their parents must now decide what action to take. As the night proceeds, beliefs about the true natures of the four people at the table are upended, relationships shatter, and each person reveals just how far they are willing to go to protect those they love.

Reviews
  • Variety.com: Moverman balances the potential for staginess with his flowing cinematic bravura; he keeps surprising you, and he gives the drama a dash of poison elegance.
  • The Playlist.net: This is a film that glories in juxtaposition, as exchanges of bestial ferocity hiss back and forth in an excruciatingly elegant destination restaurant, and as poisonously feral barbs are traded across a table laden with elaborately effete hors d'oeuvres.
  • TheWrap.com: At once a darkly comic social satire, a pitch-black moral thriller and an earnest plea to recognize mental illness, The Dinner is a seven-layer dip overflowing with compelling individual ingredients.
  • Urbancinefile.com.au: All the performances are astonishing. This is an outstanding piece of cinema, provocative and insightful, filled with metaphor and the recognisable flaws of humanity and the world today, yet far from bitter.
  • Blu-ray.com: The film delivers on both emotional and perhaps especially moral grounds, exposing the traumas experienced by a quartet who can't even decide what the right thing to do is, let alone doing it.
  • TheIndependentCritic.com: The Dinner is a riveting adult drama that will have you replaying the film over and over again in your mind as you search for the meaning of it all and come face-to-face with the uncomfortable truths.
  • WeGotThisCovered.com: An imperfect but fascinating film, The Dinner's stellar cast delivers a deeply troubling and psychologically complex treatment of class and family.

Blue Iguana

Comedy, Crime
Available on VOD: 4 oktober 2018
Director: Hadi Hajaig
Cast: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Oscar!), Moon), Ben Schwartz (How to Be a Latin Lover), Phoebe Fox (Eye in the Sky), Peter Ferdinando (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword), Al Weaver (Love Is Thicker Than Water)

Ex-jailbirds Eddie (Sam Rockwell) and Paul (Ben Schwartz) are on parole and working in a New York diner. They’re best buddies and a team, but their lives are a dead end. That is, until English lawyer Katherine Rookwood (Phoebe Fox) walks into the diner with an offer they can’t refuse.
Her plan takes them to London. The prize they seek is a fabulous gem called the Blue Iguana. Up until this point Eddie and Paul’s outrageous antics have never had serious consequences and they’ve always wriggled out of danger, with a wisecrack, a weapon and a smile. But this time, the man who stands in their way is a psychotic small-time crime boss (Ferdinando). As the story plays along with all the black comic blood-letting, gunplay and danger, the unexpected consequence of Eddie and Katherine’s quest is True Love. 

Reviews
  • RogerEbert.com: Achieves a certain goofball charm. Rockwell and Fox, in particular, do wonderfully well.
  • Filmthreat.com: Sam Rockwell can do no wrong in the fast-paced action-caper genre and fans will love his performance. Ben Schwartz, on the other hand, holds his own portraying a decidedly different contrast to Rockwell. His performance is meant to be a little quirky as the hapless criminal. He’s fun to watch and never annoying. It gets a recommendation for Rockwell and Schwartz’s performance alone.
  • Carlosdev.wordpress.com: A solidly entertaining and often fun piece of work.
  • Thecriticalcritics.com: There are many hilarious aspects at work here, and there is enough creativity and technical know-how awash throughout the film to keep audiences pinned to their seats. Snappy dialogue and technical innovation, enough to garnering several small laughing fits.
  • Eyeforfilm.co.uk: The great British crime caper is alive and kicking in the 21st Century. An enjoyable evening's entertainment.Fanboynation.com: Fun to watch this cast as a crew of often inept criminals.
  • JBSpins.blogspot.com: A lot of fans will be very curious to see Rockwell in such a different context, so it is nice to be able to assure them that he does not disappoint. Hajaig wrote and helmed a breezy romp that actually skips over the Tarantino era, drawing inspiration from the uber-cool 1980s and the colorfully tacky 1970s. It is a nice balance of attitude and nostalgia that should garner enthusiastic word-of-mouth. Recommended for caper movie fans.
  • Punchdrunkcritics.com: The budding romance between Sam's character, Eddie, and Phoebe's character, Katherine, that due to their chemistry is fun to watch.
  • Thatmomentin.com: The cast is all up for the gig, with Schwartz working hard and a delightfully unhinged Peter Ferdinando as the mullet-wearing Deacon Bradshaw chewing up every scene he’s in. Rockwell is of course great fun to watch, earning some good moments with Fox and being the best reason to give this a look.

The Bachelors

Comedy, Drama
Available on VOD: 11 oktober 2018
Director: Kurt Voelker
Cast: J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Juno), Julie Delpy (2 Days In Paris, Before Midnight), Josh Wiggins (Max, Hellion, Mean Dreams), Odeya Rush (Goosebumps, The Giver)

fter the loss of his wife, BILL PONDER (Simmons) and his 17-year-old son WES move out of their small town into the big city in an attempt to have a fresh start. As they each begin to adjust to their new life and seek ways to heal their wounds, they both find comfort in newfound romance. Wes meets LACY, an introverted but fierce girl whose enigmatic personality captivates Wes' attention, and Bill meets CARINE, a compassionate and elegant teacher whose own past heartaches resonate with his. As relationships are tested, Bill and Wes grow apart and back together again while discovering their true selves in the process.

Reviews
  • TheHollyWoodReporter.com: Voelker excels at guiding the cast through some complicated emotional territory and maintains strong arcs for each of the principal characters.
  • Latimes.com: Deftly balancing humor and grief, "The Bachelors" is fueled by wonderfully human performances and fully realized characters. We can also hope that The Bachelors serves another function as well: to further the careers of its two exceptional young performers: Wiggins and Rush.
  • Filminquiry.com: A thoughtful, timely gem that normalizes mental health treatment. The Bachelors is a scarcity of a film, one that transcends several genres to create an affecting orotundity through its singular voice.
  • Blu-ray.com: Voelker doesn't pour on the syrup, creating an approachable but deeply felt picture that's curious about behavior and therapy.
  • EyeForFilm.co.uk: The Bachelors is just a snapshot of a moment in life, but it's the sort of picture you'd want to keep.
  • Filmjournal.com: The story is simple, how a father and teenage son cope with the sudden loss of their wife and mother, and the acting is brilliant.
Awards
  • Heartland Film Festival 2017 - Audience Choice Award
  • San Diego International Film Festival 2017 - Festival Award

Ideal Home

Comedy
Available on VOD: 18 oktober 2018
Director: Andrew Fleming
Cast: Steve Coogan (The Trip to Spain, The Other Guys), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man, This is 40, Fun Mom Dinner), Jack Gore (Problem Child), Alison Pill (Milk, Hail Caesar!), Jake McDorman (American Sniper, Live Free or Die Hard)

A long term, gay couple bicker constantly, but their successful cooking show prevents them from breaking up. However, when their derelict son lands in jail yet again, the grandson shows up at their door with nowhere left to go and the two take him in. A heartfelt, modern family comedy about family, love, and cooking.

Reviews
  • Empireonline.com (****!): Coogan and Rudd work their asses off to make Erasmus and Paul the most memorable screen gay men since The Birdcage. It’s caustic, authentic, and very, very funny.
  • Variety.com: A cozy duet of tit-for-tat bitchery. 
  • Gay-Themed-Films.com: Fleming's film is a warm and fuzzy lighthearted comedy that successfully updates conventional depictions of queerness and family in a comedy film. A heartwarming closing montage of real-life LGBTIQ families also reminds us that it's time to update the universal notions of domesticity and re-define what makes a home 'ideal'.
  • Janksreviews.com: While somewhat unconventional, it takes no stretch of the imagination to see why there is so much love between Erasmus and Paul and how they can offer Bill the stability he desperately longs for. Families come in many shapes and forms, as is the case for this threesome. Ideal Home is a must-see film!
  • Popculture-y.com: Beware coming into this film looking for a romp of any kind. While there are jokes throughout the film, the best part of it are the moments of real human connection and real human folly between Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd and Jack Gore. Overall, a beautifully constructed film full of wonderful performances.
  • Screen-space.squarespace.com: Ideal Home represents the kind of quick-witted, meaningful writing that was once sought after by the big studios. Andrew Fleming's dialogue crackles and zings in the mouths of an appreciative cast, his scene structure and pacing skilful and refined.
  • Maketheswitch.com.au: Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd know how to deliver, whether it's scathing rebuttals or rip-snorting one-liners. A huge amount of fun, with some dark, real moments peppered throughout for a real kick. With just enough sweetness to balance the mixture out, this is a surprisingly endearing film.

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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