Movies

Stockholm

Comedy, Crime
Available on VOD: 12 december 2019
Director: Robert Budreau
Cast: Ethan Hawke (24 Hours to Live, Traing Day, First Reformed), Noomi Rapace (Millennium 1-3, Prometheus, Bright), Mark Strong (Kingsman I & II, Grimsby, Zero Dark Thirty)

Lars Nystrom dons a disguise to raid a central Stockholm bank. He then takes hostages in order to spring his pal Gunnar from prison. One of the hostages includes Bianca, a wife and mother of two, who develops a strong bond with Lars as she witnesses his caring nature. This connection gave rise to the psychological phenomenon known as "Stockholm syndrome".

Reviews
  • Hollywoodreporter.com: His Stockholm, which gently massages actual events to serve as a fine vehicle for Noomi Rapace and Ethan Hawke, is far from the first movie to believably show a crime victim coming to sympathize with a criminal. But it's a funny and agile one, and should work well for art house auds. A tense and sometimes funny exploration of a famous crime.
  • Slashfilm.com: Ethan Hawke Steals the Show in a a suspenseful, riotous black comedy interlaced with moments of heartfelt emotion. 8/10.
  • JBSpins: It is a tight, energetic period thriller, helmed with a fair amount of flair by Budreau. Highly recommended.
  • Solzyatthemovies.com: Led by marvelous performances from Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace, Stockholm is a worthy addition to writer-director Robert Budreau’s resume.
  • Moveablefest.com: Budreau crafts “Stockholm” with a reserve and sense of careful composition indicative of the civil veneer that the outlaw so ruthlessly pierces, but the sly fun it has is in line with a film that rewards patience, and although it’s an open question whether that approach will pay off for its central antiheroes, it does so in spades for audiences.
  • Filmthreat.com: Stockholm is a strong case that you can do a lot with the tried-and-true trappings of a genre. Budreau has proved that with his propulsive and engaging film.

Night Hunter

Crime, Thriller
Available on VOD: 2 januari 2020
Director: David Raymond
Cast: Henry Cavill (Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Man of Steel), Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Shutter Island, Operation Finale), Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas, Percy Jackson, Baywatch), Brendan Fletcher (RV, Arrow), Stanley Tucci (Big Night, Spotlight, A Private War), Minka Kelly (Titans, (500) Days of Summer)

When police trap online predator Simon Stulls, they soon realize that the extent of his crimes go far beyond that of his own psychological trauma. Nothing quite makes sense, that is until people involved in the case, on both sides of the law, start getting murdered...

Reviews
  • Filmliefhebber.com: Night Hunter is dan ook zeker een kijkbeurt waard.
  • NWTV.nl: Een sterke politiethriller met uitstekend acteerwerk en een verrassend plot.
  • Moviemeter.nl: Het speelfilmdebuut van David Raymond mag er wezen. Op een paar schoonheidsfoutjes na weet hij een degelijke thriller neer te zetten, die af en toe zelfs doet denken aan genregenoot Se7en en aanverwanten. Ondanks dat veel enigszins bekend aandoet, wordt je als kijker toch een paar keer op het verkeerde been gezet.
  • Backseatmafia.com: Night Hunter is an entertaining ride into dark heart of evil.
  • Empire.com: promising ideas and an impressive cast.
  • Nytimes.com: Fletcher’s slobbering performance has to be seen to be believed.
  • Hollywoodreporter.com:  Fletcher provides an intensely focused performance as the mentally and emotionally debilitated suspect.
  • Radiotimes.com: Kingsley provides gravitas and even a few chills as the vigilante, particularly when he's meting out his own excruciating brand of justice.
  • JBSpins.blogspot.com: Succeeds quite nicely as a work of dark suspense. Recommended for fans of psycho-killer thrillers.

Disturbing the Peace

Action
Available on VOD: 13 februari 2020
Director: York Alec Shackleton
Cast: Guy Pearce (Memento, Brimstone), Devon Sawa (Slackers, Final Destination, Escape Plan - The Extractors), Michael Bellisario (Jag), Dwayne Cameron (211)

A small-town marshal who hasn't carried a gun since he left the Texas Rangers after a tragic shooting must pick up his gun again to do battle with a gang of outlaw bikers that has invaded the town to pull off a brazen and violent heist.

Reviews
  • LA Times.com: Pearce is typically superb as the hero — a self-doubting U.S. marshal named Jim Dillon.
  • Worldfilmgeek.com: a really good indie action film thanks to Guy Pearce’s story of a man on the road to redemption and York Shackleton’s direction, which proves he is a name to look out for in indie action cinema.

Alive

Horror
Available on VOD: 20 februari 2020
Director: Rob Grant
Cast: Angus Macfadyen (Braveheart, We Bought a Zoo), Thomas Cocquerel (Kidnapping Freddy Heineken), Camille Stopps

A severely injured man and woman awake in an abandoned sanitarium. They soon discover that a sadistic caretaker holds the keys to their freedom and the horrific answers as to their real identity.

Reviews
  • Aintitcool.com: The slow build has huge payoffs, this is a standout film in the 2018 catalog of horror!
  • Flickhunter.blogspot.com: Grant leads the audience to a payoff that is both rewarding and terrifying making the film one that I can definitely recommend. 3.5 out of 4 stars.
  • Thatmomentin.com: Wonderfully executed horror thriller. 4 out of 5 stars.
  • Crypt-teaze.com: By the time the movie reached its climax I was on the edge of my seat.
  • Jbspins.blogspot.com: Recommended for serious horror enthusiasts. Frankly, viewers may seek out a tetanus shot after watching Alive.
  • Readysteadycut.com: The finale was a punch in the gut which made me feel slightly nauseous.
  • Pophorror.com: The suspense continues to build, and as the blood flows, a turbulent and violent climax leads to a shocking ending. The suspense and feeling of dread is what makes this movie so good.
  • Nofspodcast.com: A hard pill to swallow but just what the doctor prescribed.
  • Ukfilmreview.co.uk: The chemistry Grant elicits between the performers is exceptional and the thrilling final third has a jaunty pace that will get fingernails firmly driven into chair arms.
Awards
  • 23 WIns including:
  • Alberta Film & Television Awards 2019 - Best Make-Up & Hair Artists
  • Another Hole in the Head Genre Film Festival 2018 - Audience Award Best Film
  • Atlanta Horror Film Festival 2018 - Best Feature Film
  • Austin Film Festival 2018 - Audience Award
  • Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival 2018 - Best FX Makeup
  • Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival 2019 - Audience Award Best Feature
  • FilmQuest 2018 - Best Screenplay
  • Etc. Etc, more awards on IMDB

The Cleansing Hour

Horror
Available on VOD: 2 april 2020
Director: Damien LeVeck
Cast: Kyle Gallner (American Sniper, Jennifer's Body), Ryan Guzman (Step Up 4 Miami Heat, Pretty Little Liars), Alix Angelis (The Magnificent Seven), Emma Holzer (Boardwalk Empire, Spring Breakers)

Max & Drew are millennial entrepreneurs who’ve made themselves famous with a webcast they created called “The Cleansing Hour,” which streams LIVE EXORCISMS. The catch? Each exorcism is elaborately staged to look real in order to dupe their global audience. Until today, when Drew’s fiance, today’s actress in the chair, turns out to actually be demon-possessed! Will Max and Drew will be forced to reckon with their online charade– LIVE in front of more than 20 million viewers? Or are they the unsuspecting pawns in a greater demonic conspiracy?

Reviews
  • Fantasticfest.com: a rollercoaster of a horror film, with clearly defined rules, wicked CGI, practical effects, and thrilling performances from its talented cast. Strap yourself in, grab your prayer towel, and get ready to save the souls of the Reverend Max, Drew, and Lane!
  • Butwhythopodcast.com: "The Cleansing Hour" is Possession Horror Gold, a film that hits so hard and unexpectedly that it makes you push back in your seat. As you watch the narrative twist like a possessed girl’s body it engages you with superb creature designs and practical effects while making you laugh with its dark humor that puts a mirror up to how we all behave online.
  • Birthmoviesdeath.com: The script is fresh, and everything wrapped together resulted in a genuinely fun take on exorcism and possession in the digital age. Fear Dot Com meets the snark of a Supernatural demon. It plays it straight and has a hell of a lot of fun while doing it.
  • Adventuresinpoortaste.com: Great practical effects, wonderful chemistry between the actors, and some clever social commentary seem to set apart from other horror movies.
  • Morbidlybeautiful.com: A creative and humorous exploration into the weird world of social media and exorcisms. The satire of religion might turn off a few folks. But the creature from hell here is quite the bad-ass, and I’m sure horror fans will love him. Forget your Ouija board, you can find a real demon online in The Cleansing Hour.

Enemy Lines

War
Available on VOD: 23 april 2020
Director: Anders Banke
Cast: Ed Westwick (Snatch TV Series), John Hannah (Overboard, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Corey Johnson (Hunter Killer, A Private War, Captain Phillips), Tom Wisdom (Avengers Endgame)

November 1943.  A British commando squad is teamed with an American officer (Ed Westwick) on a covert mission into Poland, deep behind enemy lines.   Working with the resistance they cross the harsh Polish wilderness intent on kidnapping and extracting a sought-after Polish scientist, Dr Fabian (Pawel Delag) from the Germans.
 
Fabian is known to hold information on secret innovations that would prove vital to the Allied efforts.
 
With a German hunter unit on their tail and a Russian squad also intent on kidnapping Fabian for their own ends, it becomes a race against time, that for the winners, will change the shape of the war.

Reviews

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