Movies

Beyond the Law

Action, Crime
Available on VOD: 4 juni 2020
Director: James Cullen Bressack
Cast: Steven Seagal (Under Siege, A Dangerous Man, Executive Decision), Johnny Messner (Tears of the Sun, Hostage, Running Scared), DMX (Cradle 2 the Grave, Exit Wounds)

A former mobster turned businessman and a police detective must contend with a dirty ex-cop looking to bring the killer of his son to justice.

Reviews
  • TheActionElite.com: Beyond the Law is one of Seagal's better films of late even if he doesn't do all that much; this is Johnny Messner’s show and he gets to be broody and badass while he’s out for revenge.
  • Actionreladed.com: Overall its a solid action thriller featuring a cool cast line up. The story keeps you hooked and has some twists too it.
  • Carlosdev.wordpress.com: Seagal still has plenty of presence.
  • Monsterhuntermoviereviews.com: Such a clear-eyed approach to the pitfalls of a life of crime could only be dispensed by that braggadocios behemoth, Steven Seagal.

Survive the Night

Action
Available on VOD: 6 augustus 2020
Director: Matt Eskandari
Cast: Bruce Willis (Die Hard, Red, Sixth Sense, Split), Chad Michael Murray (Left Behind, Riverdale), Lydia Hull (Van Wilder, Escape Plan 2), Shea Buckner (Escape Plan 2 and 3)

A family’s raw emotions are pushed to the limit by two sibling criminals who take them hostage in the action-thriller SURVIVE THE NIGHT. As danger mounts, a patriarch (BRUCE WILLIS) fights for his home and honor; his son (CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY) seeks redemption; and a pair of murderous brothers (TYLER JON OLSON and SHEA BUCKNER) make demands that result in bloodshed and brutality. As they face off at a lonely farmhouse, the skills of one of them holds the balance between survival … and slaughter.

Reviews

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I See You

Horror, Thriller
Available on VOD: 15 oktober 2020
Director: Adam Randall
Cast: Helen Hunt (Mad About You, What Women Want), Jon Tenney (True Detective, Legion), Judah Lewis (It, It Chapter Two), Owen Teague (It, It Chapter Two)

In a perfect town filled with perfect families, twelve-year-old Justin Whitter has gone missing. Greg Harper (Jon Tenney), lead investigator on the case, struggles to balance the pressures of the investigation which has brought to attention a similar case thought to be buried in the past, while finding a way to forgive his well-heeled wife, Jackie (Helen Hunt), for a recent infidelity. Great strain is put on the family as Jackie’s guilt slowly gnaws away at her grip on reality, and when a malicious presence manifests itself and puts their young son, Connor (Judah Lewis), in mortal danger, the cold, hard truth about evil in the Harper household is finally uncovered.

Reviews
  • NRC.nl: Na drie kwartier mysterie begint I See You namelijk antwoorden te geven: dit is zo’n film die om zijn eigen as draait in plaats van lineair door de tijd te bewegen. Alles begint opnieuw, nu vanuit een ander oogpunt en met gevorderd inzicht. Waarna we de finale ingaan met gekantelde sympathieën.
    Het is een mechaniek dat – mits vlekkeloos geschreven, uitgevoerd en gemonteerd – uitermate bevredigend is. Je bekijkt de puzzelstukjes van alle kanten tot ze op hun plek vallen. En na afloop wil je de film nog eens zien, om te kijken welke hints je onderweg hebt gemist. Lees de hele review hier.
  • Volkskrant.nl: Regisseur Adam Randall speelt vakkundig met de klassieke horrorfilmiconografie.
  • Parool.nl: Een geslaagde thriller waarin debuterend scenarioschrijver Devon Graye een spectaculaire haarspeldbocht neemt en de film als een inventieve kronkelplotthriller verder gaat.
  • Filmdomein.nl: I See You is een verrassende thriller met een ijzersterk, gelaagd en goed opgebouwd verhaal. Daarbij is de film misschien wel de beste en origineelste film die de bioscoop te bieden heeft bij de heropening na de Corona uitbraak.
  • DeNachtvlinders.nl: I See You maakt op interessant wijze gebruik van meerdere genres en tijdsprongen.
  • DeGroeneAmsterdammer.nl: Dit verhaal bevat twee of drie plotwendingen waar je nog dagenlang van wakker zal liggen. Pas wanneer het laatste masker wordt afgedaan, gaat er een licht aan. Dan pas blijkt hoe eng deze film werkelijk is.
  • Filmtotaal.nl: Het script zit bijzonder goed in elkaar. De camera draagt met zijn langzame sluipende bewegingen bij aan een fantastische enge sfeer. Het gebeurt namelijk niet vaak dat genreclichés op zo'n kundige wijze worden doorbroken.
  • Variety.com: An eerie suspense exercise that starts out looking like a supernatural tale — one of several viewer presumptions this cleverly engineered narrative eventually pulls the rug out from under.
  • TheHollywoodReporter.com: A twist-heavy crime thriller spiced with horror and noir elements, I See You is such a finely crafted exercise in slow-burn suspense.
  • Latimes.com: It's rare to see a horror film so devoted to intricate plot mechanics and so concerned with driving to a satisfying payoff.
  • Theverge.com: For people who specifically prize meticulous story-craft and the ability to dodge broad genre clichés, I See You is a rare gift. It's a tension experience that gives way to a long series of narrative surprises and payoffs, some of which viewers may not even realize they were primed to want until they arrive at the moment.
  • Slantmagazine.com: The film's tone is extremely eerie, with creeping camera movements, striking imagery, abrupt edits, and a delicately sinister score by William Arcane.
  • Rogersmovienation.com: Well-acted, cleverly-plotted and directed with extra attention being paid to tone, menace and hiding its secrets. Taut, smart and satisfying.
  • Culturecrypt.com: You may wish to prepare for a ‘creepy crawly’ movie that is utterly terrifying in its home invasion implications.

The Wretched

Horror
Available on VOD: 22 oktober 2020
Director: Brett Pierce
Cast: John-Paul Howard (Hell or High Water), Piper Curda, Jamison Jones (General Hospital), Azie Tesfai (Supergirl)

A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parent's imminent divorce, faces off with athousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman nextdoor.

Reviews
  • Denachtvlinders.nl: een lekker vermakelijke horrorfilm.
  • Filmliefhebber.com: een horrorfilm die vooral uitblinkt in spannende en angstaanjagende fragmenten.
  • SchokkendNieuws.com: een geslaagde verrassing.
  • Telegraaf.nl: vlot wegkijkend horrorwerkje.
  • Movieaddicts.nl: Ik heb nog geen betere horrorfilm in de bioscoop gezien dit jaar.
  • Variety.com: The film successfully mixes together a lot of things, from the waterfront tourist-town setting of "Jaws" to a general teen fantasy-adventure feel that tempers (without weakening) horror content variably redolent of "It, ""Fright Night" and myriad other predecessors. If originality isn’t a strong suit here, the film’s conviction and polish make that a minor sin.
  • 28dayslateranalysis.com: Not to be missed, The Wretched provides lots of chills and a great story to entertain film fans. 8/10.
  • Bloody-disgusting.com: Gruesome makeup effects presents a creepy, monstrous take on a classic witch. One that's deeply submersed in nature and folkloric origins. The Pierce brothers have delivered a new dark fairy tale that the midnight crowds will enjoy.
  • Culturecrypt.com: “Evil Dead” energy keeps poking into every corner it can. Excellent effects and exceptional sound design make certain that energy burns hot. The Wretched delivers a viciously visceral experience by pounding out grotesque gurgles to go with sick sights like diseased animal guts falling onto the floor.
  • Dreadcentral.com: Truly unique supernatural concepts and effective scares. The Pierce duo has injected awesome new ideas into the underexplored witchcraft subgenre.
  • LATimes.com: Equally indebted to Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and a mishmash of '80s horror films only the directors themselves could comprehensively name-check, "The Wretched" is a fresh horror film built out of familiar parts.

The 2nd

Action
Available on VOD: 5 november 2020
Director: Brian Skiba
Cast: Ryan Phillippe (Shooter, The Lincoln Lawyer, Crash), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, The Pact), Jack Griffo (Alexa & Katie), Lexi Simonsen

Secret-service agent Vic Davis (Ryan Phillippe) is on his way to pick up his estranged son, Shawn (Jack Griffo), from his college campus when he finds himself in the middle of a high-stakes terrorist operation. The daughter of a   Supreme Court Justice, and his son’s friend, is the target and this armed faction will stop at nothing to kidnap her and use her as leverage for a pending landmark legal case addressing the Second Amendment. Vic quickly realizes that there's no one coming to rescue them and must now use his entire set of skills to save her and his son from an incredibly dangerous and lethal situation.

Reviews
  • Bulletproofaction.com: The Die Hard game plan is a proven winner, but you still need the players to pull it off and The 2nd had two very capable leads.
  • Entertainingmovie.com: A political thriller meshed with frenetic action sequences, director Brian Skiba does a great job.  Action fans will likely get a kick out of this one.
  • Theactionelite.com: The 2nd delivers the action goods with Ryan Philippe making for an effective action star and Casper Van Dien an entertaining antagonist making this a total blast.
  • Worldfilmgeek.com: The 2nd is a wild action ride that gives us a chance to see what Ryan Phillippe can do in the fight department and it’s clear he has the skills.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Action
Available on VOD: 12 november 2020
Director: Joe Begos
Cast: Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don't Breathe, In The Blood), William Sadler (When They See Us, The Shawshank Redemption), Fred Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn), Sierra McCormick (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

The film follows Fred and his military buddies as they must defend their local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) post – and an innocent teen – against a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of punk mutants. These Vietnam vets have been to hell and back, but this will be the longest night of their lives.

Reviews
  • Filmthreat.com: Begos shows us what he’s really made of by building a relentless pace so packed with tension we remain firmly at the edge of our seats, biting our fingernails until there’s nothing left.
  • Austinchronicle.com: Splatter. Some are imitate it, mimicking the gritty, gory glories of 1980s exploitation cinema. Yet some are clearly born to it, relishing the way that blood and brains spread over a ring-marked sticky bar top. Count Joe Begos among the latter and VFW is his VHStastic nightmare, an unrelenting throwback to a gleefully caustic view of America's capacity for untrammeled nastiness.
  • Joblo.com: Joe Begos has assembled a killer cast of legit genre movie icons for his action-horror hybrid VFW. A take on John Carpenter’s ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (right down to the Carpenter-esque score), this old genre staple gets shaken up a bit in that, rather than have the bad guys totally outmatch our heroes, the good guys are more than able to hold their own – and then some.
  • Film.avclub.com: Drenched in grit, gore, and neon, VFW is an action throwback that hits all the right notes.
  • Thefilmstage.com: Joe Begos Delivers a Carnage-Filled Throwback.
  • Slashfilm.com: It’s vile, slick with repugnance, and appropriately inhumane. A canon full of guts blasted straight into your face – the Fangoria way.
  • Nytimes.com: Characterized by blood-red lighting and bright-blue dialogue, the movie revels in a blasted urban setting that’s as repugnant as most of its supporting characters. And that’s before heads explode and faces are pounded to dog meat.
  • Hollywoodreporter.com" the pic succeeds on its own terms of being a nostalgic throwback to the days when such B-movies routinely opened on double and triple bills in urban grindhouses.
  • Blu-ray.com: Violence is the selling point of VFW, as the Fangoria production is drenched in blood, with weapons repeatedly destroying bodies. It is primarily out to raise hell, and it does well with frequent thrills, giving this unusual cast room to go wild.
  • Eyeforfilm.co.uk: it’s brash, ballsy and a lot of fun to watch.
  • Theactionelite.com: Overall, VFW might well be the best action movie of the year so far and we’ve had some great ones; the cast are all at their best but it’s the glorious orgy of violence that will keep you glued to your seat from beginning to end.
Awards
  • Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2019 - Winner Best Actor
  • Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2019 - Audience Award

Skyfire

Action
Available on VOD: 3 december 2020
Director: Simon West
Cast: Jason Isaacs (The Infiltrator, Fury, The OA, Hotel Mumbai), Hannah Quinlivan (Skyscraper), Alice Rietveld, Xueqi Wang (Iron Man 3)

Tianhuo Island, paradisiac but famous for its active volcano, has been transformed into a thrill-seeking theme park by greedy businessman Jacj Harris (Jason Isaacs). Meng (Hannah Quinlivan), the daughter of the famous geologist Wentao Li (Xueqi Wang), has dedicated her life to develop a brilliant forecasting system that is predicting an imminent and deadly eruption. Despite Meng’s warnings, authorities and businessmen refuse to close the park and evacuate civilians. Raining a storm of deadly fire-bombs and an endless tide of lava upon the island, Wentao Li must run against the clock to save his beloved daughter, the tourists and the rest of the island population from the apocalyptic chaos.

Reviews
  • Asianfilmstrike.com: Wang Xueqi is as commanding a presence as ever, and gives Sly Stallone some competition when it comes to being a believable action hero in his seventies, and Jason Isaacs makes a strong impression. There are a few genuinely nail-biting scenes: a jeep’s mad dash through raining lava right to the edge of a cliff is a showstopper.
  • Asianfilmfans.com: This is Skyfire, a modern [English language] Chinese disaster movie – the end of product of what happens when you mix Jurassic World and Dante’s Peak – and oh boy, are you in for a treat.
  • Fareastfilms.com: shows the swaggering expertise of Chinese cinema today.
  • Screenhkblog.wordpress.com: Simon West's workmanlike direction does deliver some goods here.

Ghosts of War

Horror, War
Available on VOD: 10 december 2020
Director: Eric Bress
Cast: Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean Salazar's Revenge), Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy, Luke Cage), Kyle Gallner (American Sniper, Jennifer's Body)

Five American soldiers assigned to hold a French Chateau near the end of World War II. This unexpected respite quickly descends into madness when they encounter a supernatural enemy more terrifying than anything seen on the battlefield.

Reviews
  • Variety.com: This is the rare horror exercise you wish were longer.
  • RogerEbert.com: One of Bress' greatest strokes comes with casting - he's collected five faces you might recognize from younger, more innocent roles, and who are compelling to see here as men who have matured rapidly due to the wartime experiences eating away at them.
  • Variety.com: Beautifully atmospheric, handsomely produced.
  • Culturecrypt.com: Ghosts of War may look like a haunted house yarn dripping with déjà vu from the outside.  Inside, there’s so much more that makes the movie impressively entertaining. 8/10.
  • Ukfilmreview.co.uk: Explores the madness that weighs on men who’ve done the unthinkable by trapping them in a situation where they must face their demons. Kyle Gallner delivers an appropriately haunted performance as one of the soldiers.
  • Thefilmstage.com: Gallner is especially memorable). It’s through these actors that we see how their characters process their pain above and below the façade created and understand why they’re incapable of looking beyond their tragic wealth of regret.

The Toll

Horror, Thriller
Available on VOD: 10 december 2020
Director: Michael Nader
Cast: Jordan Hayes, Max Topplin (Carrie), James McGowan (Total Recall, Suicide Squad), Rosemary Dunsmore (Orphan Black), Paul Kaye (After Life)

A socially awkward driver and a weary passenger they try to make it to their destination while being haunted by a supernatural threat.

Reviews
  • RogerEbert.com: The two leads, the great set-up, and the overall love for the genre embedded in every scene leads to an overall success.
    Rue-morgue.com: Nader puts well-earned trust in his two leads, as Hayes and Topplin ably engage our sympathy and occasional suspicion as their characters’ situation keeps shifting. As they become more deeply ensnared in the Toll Man’s web, Nader unveils a series of revelations, some of which work and surprise us better than others. Cami and Spencer’s personal histories inevitably come into play, and what we learn about Cami has a low-hanging-fruit feeling when it comes to motivating backstory. While these past circumstances add a bit of depth to the duo, THE TOLL is at its best when it’s observing them in the moment, faced with uncertain and frightening circumstances and just trying to figure out a way to survive the night.
  • Rue-morgue.com: Nader puts well-earned trust in his two leads, as Hayes and Topplin ably engage our sympathy and occasional suspicion as their characters’ situation keeps shifting. As they become more deeply ensnared in the Toll Man’s web, Nader unveils a series of revelations, some of which work and surprise us better than others. Cami and Spencer’s personal histories inevitably come into play, and what we learn about Cami has a low-hanging-fruit feeling when it comes to motivating backstory. While these past circumstances add a bit of depth to the duo, THE TOLL is at its best when it’s observing them in the moment, faced with uncertain and frightening circumstances and just trying to figure out a way to survive the night.
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