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Misery (1990) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Misery (1990) Directed by Rob Reiner • Written by William Goldman • Novel by Stephen King With James Caan, Kathy Bates and Lauren Bacall. Based on the Stephen King novel, Misery stars James Caan as Paul Sheldon, a successful pulp … Continue reading

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Into the Forest (2015) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Into the Forest (2015) Directed by Patricia Rozema. With Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood and Callum Keith Rennie.  How do you make an effective drama-thriller about a power cut? You hire writer-director Patricia Rozema, that’s how. Into the Forest is … Continue reading

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Emelie (2015) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Emelie (2015) Directed by Michael Thelin. With Sarah Bolger, Chris Beetem, Joshua Rush, Carly Adams and Elizabeth Jayne.  As a man with no children, sat in my living room feeling tense and uncomfortable in the company of Michael Thelin’s taught … Continue reading

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Cop Car (2015) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Cop Car (2015) Directed by Jon Watts. With Kevin Bacon, Hays Wellford and James Freedson-Jackson. Based on title alone, Jon Watts’s Cop Car isn’t a film that’s going all out to sell itself, but, with Kevin Bacon playing ‘bad cop’ … Continue reading

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The Babadook (2014) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

The Babadook (2014) Directed by Jennifer Kent. With Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall and Hayley McElhinney.  Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, The Babadook is a drama-horror-thriller (I think that’s the right order) about a bereaved single mother, Amelia (Essie Davis) … Continue reading

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Nightcrawler (2014) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Nightcrawler (2014) Directed by Dan Gilroy. With Jake Gyllehaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed and Bill Paxton.  Written and directed by Dan Gilroy (his first directorial offering), Nightcrawler is a dark, disturbing thriller set on the night-time streets of Los Angeles, in … Continue reading

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48 Hrs. (1982) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

48 Hrs. (1982) Directed by Walter Hill. With Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, James Remar, Sonny Landham and Annette O Toole. Walter Hill’s 48Hrs is perhaps most notable for boasting the first big screen appearance of stand-up comic turned A-list movie star, … Continue reading

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A Lonely Place to Die (2011) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

A Lonely Place to Die (2011) Directed by Julian Gibley. With Melissa George, Ed Speleers, Alec Newman, Kate Magowan, Sean Harris and Karel Roden. Imagine Deliverance meets Cliffhanger, with a hint of Ransom and you should arrive somewhere near A … Continue reading

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Directed by Kenneth Branagh. With Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley and Kenneth Branagh. Kenneth Branagh, the same director who brought the world Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet, has in recent times, … Continue reading

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Side Effects (2013) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Side Effects (2013) Directed by Steven Soderbergh. With Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum. Working from a screenplay by Scott Z. Burns, Side Effects is an enjoyable psychological thriller set in New York, with a starry cast, … Continue reading

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