Review: The Tunnel

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Starring: Bel Deliá, Andy Rodoreda, Steve Davis, Luke Arnold Director: Carlo Ledesma A journalist and her team descend into the labyrinth of abandoned tunnels underneath Sydney to investigate a series of disappearances and discover why a planned government project which would have used the tunnels was called off. Deep into their journey, with light sources running out, the group discover that something is hunting them. Forget 3D. Could this be the future of movie-making? The Tunnel was financed using a crowd-funded scheme, the 135k project, with people offered the chance…

Review: The Way Back

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Starring: Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell Director: Peter Weir It is 1941 and Polish political prisoner Janusz leads an escape from one of Josef Stalin’s Russian gulags in Siberia. The eclectic group go on the run and begin an epic 4,000 mile walk to India and freedom, determined to survive both the rough terrain, harsh elements and passage through the vast Communist territories ahead of them. Director Peter Weir has often shown a fascination with tales of mankind against the elements, be it the Central American jungles…

Review: Julia’s Eyes (Los Ojos de Julia)

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Starring: Belén Rueda, Lluís Homar, Pablo Derqui Director: Guillem Morales “He knows how to be a shadow. He has no light. Nobody looks at him.” Astronomer Julia suffers from a degenerative condition which is slowly blinding her. Her twin sister, Sara, is already blind and when Sara commits suicide Julia begins to suspect the involvement of an unknown man. With her eyesight diminishing by the day, Julia tries to solve the mystery of her sister’s death. And someone is watching. Made in 2010, this Spanish gem reaches the UK with…

Review: The Silent House (La Casa Muda)

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Starring: Florencia Colucci, Abel Tripaldi, Gustavo Alonso Director: Gustavo Hernández “The place looks worse than I thought. And it’s even worse upstairs.” A young woman, Laura, and her father, Wilson, come to stay in a run-down house having agreed to clean it for old family friend, Nestor, before he sells it. Deciding to bed down for the night before getting started, Laura hears noises upstairs. Wilson goes to investigate and so begins a nightmare hour in the house, in real time. I’d be lying if I said I’d seen a…

Review: London Boulevard

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Starring: Colin Farrell, Keira Knightly, Ray Winstone, David Thewlis Director: William Monahan Freshly released from Pentonville prison and determined not to return to his criminal past, Mitchell finds work as a minder for reclusive movie star Charlotte, with whom he develops a relationship. However, old friends embroil Mitchell in the plans of East End crime boss Gant and Mitchell is forced to confront him. I have a very low tolerance for British gangster movies. There’s only a handful that have ever really engaged me. The Long Good Friday, Sexy Beast…