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Prisoners of the Ghostland – Review

This film was previously reviewed in February 2021 as part of our Sundance Film Festival coverage. Sion Sono’s Prisoners of the Ghostland stars Nicolas Cage as Hero, an infamous bank robber who is sprung...
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Pig – EIFF 2021 Review

Robin Feld is battered and bruised. His lone companion in the woods where he lives is a truffle-foraging pig, and she’s been kidnapped by assailants who left Robin bloody on the floor. Without pause – or a...
Willy's Wonderland

Willy’s Wonderland – Review

What is most bizarre about Willy’s Wonderland, aside from its premise, is the fact that its star doesn’t utter a single word throughout. A wooden and burly Nicolas Cage plays The Janitor, merely called...
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Color Out of Space – Review

With his focus on the terror of the indescribable, H.P. Lovecraft has always proved hard to adapt. Whether it’s the Garth Marenghi-esque ‘70s version of The Dunwich Horror or Guillermo Del Toro being...
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Mandy – Cannes 2018 Review

When Nic Cage’s performance is the most normal thing about a film, you know you’re dealing with something truly extraordinary. The first thing you notice about Mandy is its look. It’s like...
Mom And Dad

Mom and Dad – Review

Director Brian Taylor is not a man of subtlety. The mind behind Crank, Crank: High Voltage and Gamer has a penchant for the frenzied. Mom and Dad is no different. From the off, Taylor's film has its...
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Dog Eat Dog – LFF 2016 Review

Paul Schrader’s new film Dog Eat Dog begins as it means to go on for the proceeding 90 minutes: a coked-up Willem Dafoe terrorises a woman and her daughter in a scene that has pretty much zero relevance to...
The Trust

The Trust – Review

There’s nothing in The Trust you haven’t seen in a hundred other heist movies. Our would-be thieves scout out their location, gather the tools they need for the job, and at some point during the...
The Runner

The Runner – Review

The Runner plods and Nic Cage drawls; grandstanding and grand-slouching, Congressman Damaged Goods crashes first figuratively, then literally. A strong supporting cast, particularly Bryan Batt’s slippery...
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Outcast – Review

Show Nick Powell's debut to some poor soul and ask who, in this monstrosity of a film, can boast a shiny gold statue called Oscar on their mantle and they may assume you’ve been lobotomised. Fear not,...