Movies in Focus

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Boss Level (2021) Niall Browne Joe Carnahan's Boss Level is a gut-punching, bone-crunching, ball-busting film. It's Edge Of Tomorrow meets Payback and Groundhog Day (if Bill Murray's Phil Connors stabbed Stephen Tobolowsky's Ned Ryerson in the head every time they met). EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
2.5/5 Willy's Wonderland (2021) Niall Browne Not Nicolas Cage's finest 'Cage Rage' movie, Willy's Wonderland is fun to an extent, but it's lacking any real surprises. But if you're looking for a movie where Nicolas Cage pummels and then beheads eight furry monsters, then this is the flick for you! EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
2.5/5 Bliss (2021) Niall Browne Writer/director Mike Cahill's Bliss is a film which takes a big swing but ultimately never really delivers on its promise. That's a shame because this Owen Wilson/Salma Hayek film drama features some intriguing concepts and a great turn from Wilson. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
3/5 The Reckoning (2021) Niall Browne You might think that this latest film from the Dog Soldiers and The Descent director is a supernatural revenge movie - and while it does feature those elements, it's much more of a dramatic thriller about righting the wrongs of men against women. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
1/5 Reach Me (2014) Niall Browne Sadly, Collection doesn't even succeed on a visual level and it feels as if Herzfeld and the producers went for bargain basement tech credits in order to bring the film to the screen. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
2/4 Jiu Jitsu (2020) Niall Browne A lot of crazy things have happened in 2020, but the craziest in a cinematic sense has to be Jiu Jitsu starring the one and only Nicolas Cage. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
4/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Niall Browne Wonder Woman 1984 is a handsomely produced superhero sequel which continues the story of Diana Prince's fight to improve humanity. Patty Jenkins' film improves on her blockbusting 2017 original and delivers an entertaining and action-packed adventure. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
3/5 Breach (2020) Niall Browne Breach owes a huge debt to Ridley Scott's Alien and John Carpenter's The Thing and while it's nowhere near as good as those classics, this genre flick embraces its B-movie roots and makes for the most enjoyable Bruce Willis movie for a long time. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2020
4/5 Let Him Go (2020) Niall Browne Brilliantly acted and beautifully shot, Let Him Go is an intelligent thriller which is loaded with tension and surprises. It's thrilling and brutal and it will have a lasting impact on its audience long after the credits have rolled. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
3/5 Skyfire (2019) Niall Browne There's a ridiculous amount of fun to be had with director Simon West's Skyfire. The film takes Jurassic Park, blends it with Dante's Peak and adds-in some Chinese Five Spice for a rollicking rollercoaster ride of a movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2020
4/5 Fatman (2020) Niall Browne Fatman is much more than a gimmick which sees a bearded Mel Gibson playing a gun-toting Santa Claus. Sure, that's an element of this festive thriller but there's so much more to unpack in this hugely entertaining Christmas cracker. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/5 The Retreat (2020) Niall Browne The Retreat is a film which takes-on the Native American Wendigo myth and delivers a truly fascinating piece of genre cinema. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/5 Nuclear (2019) Niall Browne Catherine Linstrum's Nuclear is a small scale dramatic thriller which radiates because of strong performances from Emilia Jones and George MacKay. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2020
4/5 The Stylist (2020) Niall Browne Richly layered and brilliantly characterised, The Stylist is a wonderful off-beat horror film. It once again shows that Jill Gervargizian is a strong and unique voice in genre filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
2.5/5 Broil (2020) Niall Browne On a technical level Broil is excellent but sadly the film is let down by poor plotting and structure. It's a shame because I really wanted to like it. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 Honeydew (2020) Niall Browne Devereux Milburn's Honeydew is a gloriously atmospheric horror. The film's tension is taught and tense and it grips its viewer and drags them into is own special brand of drug-induced weirdness. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
5/5 It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Niall Browne When watching It's A Wonderful Life it is easy to see that film is a legitimate art form and that Hollywood really doesn't make them like this anymore. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2020
4/5 Mutant Action (1993) Niall Browne Action Mutante is a rip- roaring action-adventure comedy-sci-fi film. It's also bizarre, but I'll get to that later. Directed by Alex De La Iglesia and produced by Pedro Almodovar, this Spanish language 1993 release is a totally unique experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
2/5 Ammonite (2020) Niall Browne Despite dedicated performances from Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, Francis Lee's Ammonite is as bleak and dour as the film's wintry Lyme Regis setting. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
3/5 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Niall Browne Written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg, Possessor is a tricksy and complex thriller which takes a potentially commercial concept and gives it an arthouse spin. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2020
3.5/5 Rose: A Love Story (2020) Niall Browne A film about a couple self-isolating in the countryside because one of them has a virus. The need to wear masks and stay away from others, this is not a hastily shot COVID-19 drama but the outline for Jennifer Sheridan's slow-burning dramatic horror. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
5/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Niall Browne One Night In Miami isn't just one of the most prescient films of 2020 - it also happens to be the best film of the year so far. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
4/5 () Niall Browne Monstrous is a film which straddles multiple genres. Ostensibly a horror movie, it's a credit to director Bruce Wemple and writer (and star) Anna Shields that it also works as a thriller and a romantic drama. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
4/5 Supernova (2020) Niall Browne A richly-drawn character study with deft performances from Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci, Supernova tackles a tough subject but it does so in a very sensitive and thoughtful way. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
3.5 Ten Minutes to Midnight (2020) Niall Browne If you have any expectations going into director Erik Bloomquist's Ten Minutes To Midnight, then I suggest that you leave them at the door. On the surface, Bloomquist's film is a vampire horror picture, but it's really so much more than that. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
3/5 Siberia (2019) Niall Browne There's a fine line between great art and pretension and Abel Ferrara's Sibera walks it, often stumbling between the two like a snow-blind traveller navigating an unknown terrain. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2020
4/5 Mimesis Nosferatu (2018) Niall Browne Littered with references to vampire movie lore, Mimesis: Nosferatu has plenty of easter eggs to keep genre fans entertained. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2020
2.5/5 Herself (2020) Niall Browne I have no doubt that everyone went into Herself with the best of intentions, but sadly the film fails to work and you'll be left disappointed once the end credits roll. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
4/5 Mimesis (2011) Niall Browne Low-budget filmmaker Douglas Schulze's latest horror effort, Mimesis (meaning imitation) manages to do something new, whilst still riffing on a classic - this time it's George A. Romero's 1968 film, Night of the Living Dead. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
4/5 The Paper Tigers (2021) Niall Browne There's a serious amount of fun to be had with Tran Quoc Bao's The Paper Tigers. The film transcends its low budget origins and manages to stand toe-to-toe with comedies with five times the budget. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 The Blech Effect (2020) Niall Browne A fully engaging documentary, The Blech Effect is well worth your time and it once again illustrates something that we've always known - money can't buy happiness. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) Niall Browne The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw is a curious horror film from writer-director Thomas Robert Lee. It's a well acted genre piece which starts slow but it gains momentum as it goes along, offering-up enough intrigue to keep its audience interested. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2020
2.5/5 Hard Kill (2020) Niall Browne In the grand pantheon of bad VOD action-thrillers starring Bruce Wills (of which there are many), Hard Kill is far from the worst. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
4/5 The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Niall Browne A well crated and intelligent horror film, The Dark And The Wicked is a strong and powerful slice of genre cinema which gets deep under the skin. It's one of the best horror films of the year. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2020
3/5 The Mortuary Collection (2019) Niall Browne Good old fashioned twisted fun, The Mortuary Collection ticks all the right boxes for an enjoyable horror anthology. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
3/5 Deep Blue Sea 3 (2020) Niall Browne Deep Blue Sea 3 might not be as good as Renny Harlin's original, but this instalment is a tremendously entertaining piece of schlocky shark cinema. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
2.5/5 Unhinged (2020) Niall Browne The first wide release in the United States (and pretty much the rest of the world), since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, director Derek Borte's Unhinged arrives with much more fanfare than usually befits this type of film. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
2/5 The Silencing (2020) Niall Browne A film with a lot of wasted potential, The Silencing is a serial killer thriller which is nothing to shout about. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2020
4/5 Parasite (2019) Niall Browne Bong's film is one which reveals itself in layers and it's almost impossible to categorise - it's at once a black comedy, thriller, horror, family drama and an allegory about class. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2020
5/5 Flash Gordon (1980) Niall Browne Director Mike Hodges' Flash Gordon is a wonderfully executed piece of science fiction cinema. It's a film which has become a much deserved cult classic since its original release way back in 1980. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
3.5/5 Paydirt (2020) Niall Browne There's a lot of fun to be had with writer/director Christian Sesma's Paydirt. Headlined by Luke Goss and Val Kilmer, Sesma's thriller plays like Ocean's 11 filtered through a Quentin Tarantino prism. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
3/5 Alice (2019) Niall Browne Alice is a well composed piece which features a great central performance from actress Emilie Piponnier but the overall trajectory of the tale is a little to clean-cut to resonate. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 The Rental (2020) Niall Browne Actor Dave Franco makes a strong directorial debut with The Rental. The concept of the film might not be wholly original, but Franco litters the film with enough well played characterisation and tense moments to make it well worth your time. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
3.5/5 The Way Back (2020) Niall Browne Gavin O'Connor's Finding The Way Back (also known as The Way Back) might be a traditional sporting drama which uses the age-old trope of a coach taking a losing team to glory, but it manages to do it in a way that feels heartfelt and compelling. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020
1/5 Elvis from Outer Space (2020) Niall Browne Throughout his career as an actor, Elvis Presley was involved in quite a few cinematic atrocities - none of them come anywhere near the debacle which is Elvis From Outer Space. It's a hunka a hunka burning junk. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
3/5 The Beach House (2019) Niall Browne Jeffrey A. Brown's The Beach House is a low key horror which offers up some interesting ideas and a fair amount squirmy body horror. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
4/5 Relic (2020) Niall Browne On the surface, Natalie Erika James' Relic is a horror film - and for all intents and purposes it is. But there's much more to unpack in this richly layered piece of genre cinema. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2020
4/5 Force of Nature (2020) Niall Browne This throwback action film top-lined by Emile Hirsch, Kate Bosworth and Mel Gibson, keeps things simple and entertains across its tight ninety minute running time. It might not be high art - but it's damn good fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
4/5 After Midnight (2019) Niall Browne After Midnight is another wonderful example of a small movie achieving great things. This quirky romantic comedy/horror from directors Jeremy Gardner and Christian Stella delivers on almost every level. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2020
1.5/5 The Luring (2019) Niall Browne They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It might be, but if you're attempting to imitate something great and you don't have the chops to match it, then you come across as a very poor imitation indeed. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020