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Director: Sean S. Cunningham Writer: Stephen Gyllenhaal, Brian Taggert Cast: Shannon Presby, Lori Loughlin, James Spader Distributor: 101 Films 1985 was a good year for teen movies – we had the wholesome teen pirate adventure The Goonies as well as those naughty kids in detention in The Breakfast Club. The New Kids feels very similar in
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Publisher: SIEE Developer: Naughty Dog Price: £49.99 “It can’t be for nothing?” That question from Ellie towards the end of The Last of Us (TLOU) couldn’t feel more poignant, given those who wondered if creating a sequel for it was ever essential. The first instalment was an absolute monster of a hit – a post-apocalyptic
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Certificate: 15 Creator: Bruno Heller Cast: Jack Bannon, Paloma Faith, Jason Flemyng Distributor: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment It’s always been a bit of a mystery as to how Batman’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon), came into the Waynes’ life – but with a varying set of skills to his name and cheeky smile to accompany
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Certificate: 12 Director: Kenneth Branagh Cast: Ferdia Shaw, Josh Gad, Colin Farrell, Nonso Anozie, Lara McDonnell, Judi Dench Distributor: Disney+ Running Time: 95 mins On their many walks, Artemis Fowl is told stories of the fairy world by his father, but when his father gets kidnapped, Artemis is forced into a quest that brings to life what
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Director: Courtney and Hillary Anduja (‘Girls’ Night Out Of Body’), Anthony Cousins (‘The Night He Came Back Again! Part IV: The Final Kill’), Emily Hagins (‘Cold Open’), Aaron B. Koontz (‘Rad Chad’s Horror Emporium, Horror Hypothesis’), Chris McInroy (‘One Time In The Woods’), Noah Segan (“M.I.S.T.E.R.”), Baron Vaughn (‘So Much To Do’) Cast: Jeremy King,
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Director: Kim Jin-won Writer: Kim Jin-won Cast: Narendra Singh Dhami, Ye-ji Seo, Seon-kyu Jin Distributor: Shudder Aspiring director Mi-jung’s life revolves around horror movies. Not only does she direct them, she consistently dreams about them (and then enthusiastically writes about said dreams when she’s awake). But when Mi-jung’s obsession leads to her persuing a rumoured
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Author: Ben Aaronovitch Publisher: Gollancz Price: £7.99 Trier is Germany’s oldest city, famous for its Roman history and more importantly, its winemaking prestige. It’s also the setting of a murder, which is why Investigator Tobias Winters is despatched there to investigate the suspicious death of Jörg Koch (who is an apparent victim of a potentially
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Director: Dave Wilson (as David S.F. Wilson) Cast: Vin Diesel, Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Guy Pearce Running Time: 109 mins Based on the titular Valiant Comics character, Bloodshot brings beefy killed-in-action marine Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) back to life with super strength and unique healing powers to undertake tailored assassinations. Trouble is, not unlike RoboCop, he’s
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Publisher: Penguin Random House US Writer: Laurie Halse Anderson Artist: Leila del Duca Price: $16.99 In Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed, writer Laurie Halse Anderson strips away the strength and confidence synonymous with the titular character and delivers a timely, powerful reimagining of the iconic warrior’s origins. As she approaches her 16th birthday, Princess Diana is
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Certificate: 15 Director: Jeff Wadlow Cast: Michael Pena, Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Michael Rooker Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment “Da plane! Da Plane!” exclaimed the diminutive Tattoo (Herve Villechaize) excitably at the beginning of each episode of Aaron Spelling’s TV series Fantasy Island, after glimpsing the aircraft that brings guests to their magical resort for
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Released: Out now Certificate: 15 Creator: Damon Lindelof Cast: Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tom Mison Running Time: 9 episodes When Game Of Thrones ended it felt like the era of prestige genre TV was over. Then along came Watchmen in the closing weeks of 2019 to remind us of the power of weekly event
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Author: Asaf Ashery Publisher: Angry Robot Released: Out now Price: £9.99 Mazzy Simantov is a detective at the head of a new division that relies on mysticism to aid their investigations. When a young girl goes missing, Simantov has to partner with her former lover, Yariv. With tension between them mounting and supernatural clues piling
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Author: Ramsey Campbell Publisher: Flame Tree Press Released: Out now Price: £20 Ever thought you saw a shadow move out of the corner of your eye when you were alone? Even if you’re not prone to getting spooked, reading The Wise Friend after dark is very, very likely to creep you out… Narrated by literature
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Director: Lucky McKee Writer: Jack Ketchum, Lucky McKee Cast: Pollyanna McIntosh, Angela Bettis, Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Bridgers Distributor: Arrow Video Directed by Lucky McKee, and adapted by McKee and Jack Ketchum from their novel of the same name, The Woman begins with a primal look at a woman living in the woods… and, really,
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Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky Publisher: Solaris Released: Out now Price: £25 At just under 200 pages, Adrian Tchaikovsky’s latest novella is a masterclass in concise storytelling. Set in a future that doesn’t seem too far from the impossible and uncomfortably close to the probable, Earth is now almost uninhabitable. The ambient temperature has risen to such
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Creator: Steve Carell, Greg Daniels Cast: Steve Carell, John Malkovich, Lisa Kudrow, Ben Schwartz, Noah Emmerich, Jane Lynch, Fred Willard We think we understand the fine line Space Force is trying to tread – a balancing tightrope act between ‘charming workplace comedy’ and ‘current political satire’. Unfortunately it’s not quite witty enough for it to be an effective
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Author: Jem Tugwell Publisher: Serpentine Books Released: Out now Price: £8.99 It has been a year since the events of Jem Tugwell’s first book in the iMe series, Proximity, and for Detective Inspector Clive Lusaac the world is back to normal. Now that the iMe system (which controls everything in the UK via compulsory implanted
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Director: Seth Ickerman Writer: Seth Ickerman, Paul La Farge (dialogue) Cast: Elisa Lasowski, Anders Heinrichsen, Christian Erickson Running Time: 50 mins Having directed synth-wave artist Carpenter Brut’s highly successful music video, Turbo Killer (click the link if you haven’t seen it before), Raphaël Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard (under the pseudonym of Seth Ickerman) are back with Shudder’s
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Certificate: 15 Director: Nicolas Pesce Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Lin Shaye, Jacki Weaver, Frankie Faison, Betty Gilpin Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Running Time: 94 mins Centring on the idea that if someone is killed in a fit of a rage, the act curses the house it takes place in and leaves