REVIEW: ONE WAY OUT

CAST

James Belushi (Red Heat)
Jason Bateman (Identity Thief)
Angela Featherstone (The Weddign Singer)
Guylaine St-Onge (Earth: Final Conflict)
Jack Langedijk (Darkman II)

4d07a95b6e41Harry Woltz is a homicide cop with a gambling problem; a problem that leaves him owing a great deal of money to the Russell brothers. To clear the debt they ask him to train John Farrow to murder his wife, Evans, without leaving the usual clues or making the usual mistakes. However when Harry’s ex-partner is put on the case, she begins to get closer than Harry had thought before the case takes some unexpected twists.936full-one-way-out-screenshotTheir are a good few plot twists to keep you interested to the end of the movie, but most are predictable to us as we have seen them in many other similar movies.

 

 

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REVIEW: ST. GEORGES DAY

 

CAST

Charles Dance (Game of Thrones)
Craig Fairbrass (Cliffhanger)
Vincent Regan (300)
Frank Harper (This Is England)
Luke Treadaway (Unbroken)
Neil Maskell (Kill List)
Nick Moran (After Death)
Dexter Fletcher (Kick-Ass)
Sean Pertwee (Gotham )
Jamie Forman (Layer Cake)
Angela Gots (Ice)
Keeley Hazell (Horrible Bosses 2)
Ashley Walters (Bullet Boy)

Infamous cousins Micky Mannock (Frank Harper) and Ray Collishaw (Craig Fairbrass) run London’s top firm. But their supremacy in the capital’s gangster underworld is threatened when they lose a drug shipment belonging to the Russian Mafia. The stakes could not be higher as they plan an audacious heist in Berlin. If successful, this could pay off their debts and set them up for life. Hiding out among an English super-firm gearing up for a massive showdown as the 3 Lions play Germany on St. George’s Day, their gang have just one shot at the job. But with the cops and Russians on their trail, the last thing they need is a grass in the ranks.I thought this was an all good Brit Gangster flick, Frank Harper did a great job of his first time directorial debut, and some of the camera shots were great. I think Frank Harper could defo direct some more good things, and look forward to them!. A decent British Gangster thriller for a Saturday night.

REVIEW: THE FIRM

CAST

Tom Cruise (The Mummy)
Jeanne Tripplehorn (Basix Instinct)
Gene Hackman (Superman)
Hal Holbrook (Lincoln)
Terry Kinney (Billions)
Wilford Brimley (Cocoon)
Ed Harris (Westworld)
Holly Hunter (Batman V Superman)
David Strathairn (The Blacklist)
Gary Busey (The Gungerdead Man)
Tobin Bell (Saw)
Dean Norris (Breaking Bad)

Mitch McDeere (Tom Cruise) is a young man from an impoverished background, but with a promising future in law. About to graduate from Harvard Law School near the top of his class, he receives a generous job offer from Bendini, Lambert & Locke, a small, boutique firm in Memphis specializing in accounting and tax law. He and his wife, Abby (Jeanne Tripplehorn), move to Memphis and Mitch sets to work studying to pass the Tennessee bar exam. Avery Tolar (Gene Hackman), one of the firm’s senior partners, becomes his mentor and begins introducing Mitch to BL&L’s professional culture, which demands complete loyalty, strict confidentiality, and a willingness to charge exceptional fees for their services. Seduced by the money and perks showered on him, including a house and car, he is at first totally oblivious of the more sinister side of his new employer, although Abby has her suspicions.Mitch passes the bar exam and begins working long hours that put a strain on his marriage. Working closely with Avery, Mitch learns that most of the Firm’s work involves helping wealthy clients hide large amounts of money in off-shore shell corporations and other dubious tax-avoidance schemes. While on a trip to the Cayman Islands on behalf of a client, Mitch is seduced by a local woman and cheats on Abby. Actually this encounter is a photographed set-up made for the firm’s sinister security chief, Bill DeVasher (Wilford Brimley), who later uses Mitch’s beach tryst with that woman as blackmail to keep him quiet about such tax evasions and whatever illegal financial transactions.Mitch realizes he is now trapped, but after two associates of the firm die under mysterious circumstances, he is approached by FBI agents who inform him that while some of BL&L’s business is legitimate, their biggest client is the Morolto Mafia family from Chicago. The firm’s partners, as well as most of the associates, are all complicit in a massive tax fraud and money laundering scheme. The two associates who died learned about the firm’s dark side, and were killed to keep them from talking. They warn Mitch that his house, car, and office have probably all been bugged. The FBI pressures Mitch to provide the Bureau with evidence they can use to go after the Moroltos and bring down BL&L. Mitch knows he faces a stark choice. If he works with the FBI, he believes that even if he stays alive, he will have to disclose information about the firm’s legitimate clients—thus breaking the attorney–client privilege and risking disbarment. However, the FBI warns him that if he stays with the firm, he will almost certainly go to jail when the FBI takes down both the firm and the Moroltos. Either way, his life as he knows it is over, and he agrees to cooperate with the FBI in return for $1.5 million and the release of his imprisoned brother Ray in Arkansas.Desperate to find a way out, Mitch inadvertently stumbles on a solution when one of his clients reveals that he was billed for extra five hours fees, for the Firm’s money laundering services for the Moroltos. However, mailing these illegal bills to their clients is considered as mail fraud, and it exposes the Firm to RICO charges. Mitch begins secretly copying the Firm’s billing records. However, he is unmasked when a prison guard on the Moroltos’ payroll alerts DeVasher. Evading DeVasher and his thugs, he finds the Morolto brothers and, offering himself as a loyal attorney looking out for his clients’ best interests, leads them to believe that his contact with the FBI and files copying were merely an attempt to expose and eliminate such illegal overbilling. Mitch asks the Moroltos to turn over their billing invoices in order to help the FBI make their case against the firm. He assures them that as long as he is alive, any other information he knows about their legal affairs is covered under attorney-client privilege and will never be revealed. Convinced thus, the Moroltos agree to guarantee Mitch’s safety and let him give the FBI all the evidence they need to destroy the Firm. Since the attorney-client privilege doesn’t apply when a lawyer knows about ongoing criminal activity, Mitch is able to keep his status as a lawyer. The film ends as the McDeeres leave their house in Memphis and return to Boston, driving the same car in which they arrived there.Better than the book with regard to its resolution and plot development. Still looks and feels good.

REVIEW: PLAYING GOD

CAST

David Duchovny (The X-Files)
Timothy Hutton (Kinsey)
Angelina Jolie (Changeling)
Michael Massee (The Amazing Spider-Man)
Peter Stormare (Prison Break)
Andrew Tiernan (300)
Gary Dourdan (CSI)
John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone)
Tracey Walter (Conan The Destroyer)
Keone Young (Alien Nation)

Stripped of his medical license after performing an operation while high on amphetamines, famed LA surgeon Dr Eugene Sands abandons his former life only to find himself crossing paths with Raymond Blossom, an infamous counterfeiter. Employed as a “gun-shot doctor” when Raymond’s associates cannot risk visiting a hospital, Eugene is lured deep into the criminal world and becomes entangled with his boss’s girlfriend.With the mixed reviews this got I wasn’t expecting too much, and was pleasantly surprised. It’s a very entertaining small crime film with interesting characters, excellent portrayals, writing that’s breezy without being glib, and a good pace. It looks good too, in a funky way. Apparently people either like this movie or just hate it, and I’m one who liked it.

REVIEW: RESERVOIR DOGS

CAST

Harvey Keitel (Bad Lieutenant)
Tim Roth (The Incredible Hulk)
Michael MAdsen (Species)
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Chris Penn (True Romance)
Lawrence Tierney (Dillinger)
Quentin Tarantino (Alias)
Edward Bunker (Best of The Best)
Kirk Baltz (Bulworth)

Eight men eat breakfast at a Los Angeles diner before carrying out a diamond heist. Six of them use aliases: Mr. Blonde, Mr. Blue, Mr. Brown, Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, and Mr. White. The others are mob boss Joe Cabot and his son and underboss “Nice Guy” Eddie Cabot, who are responsible for planning the job. After the heist, White flees the crime scene with Orange, who was shot during the escape and is bleeding severely. At one of Joe’s warehouses, White and Orange rendezvous with Pink, who believes that the job was a setup and that the police were waiting for them. White informs him that Brown is dead, Blue and Blonde are missing, and Blonde murdered several civilians during the heist; White is furious that Joe, his old friend, would employ such a “psychopath”. Pink has hidden the diamonds nearby; he argues with White over whether or not they should get medical attention for Orange. Blonde arrives with a kidnapped policeman, Marvin Nash.Some time earlier, Blonde meets with the Cabots. Blonde has completed a four-year jail sentence. To reward him for not having given Joe’s name to the authorities for a lighter sentence, they recruit him for the job. In the present, White and Pink beat Nash for information. Eddie arrives and orders them to retrieve the diamonds and ditch the getaway vehicles, leaving Blonde in charge of Nash and Orange. Nash denies knowledge, but Blonde ignores him and resumes the torture, cutting off his ear with a straight razor. He is about to set Nash on fire, but is shot dead by Orange. Orange explains to Nash that he is an undercover police officer and that the police will arrive soon. Hours earlier, Brown is shot and killed while escaping from the crime scene with Orange and White. When Orange and White attempt to steal another car, Orange is shot by the driver of the car, whom he shoots and kills in response.In the present, when Eddie, Pink, and White return, Orange tries to convince them that Blonde planned to kill them and steal the diamonds for himself. Eddie kills Nash and accuses Orange of lying, since Blonde was loyal to his father. Joe arrives with news that the police have killed Blue. He is about to execute Orange, but White intervenes and holds Joe at gunpoint. Eddie points his own weapon at White, creating a Mexican standoff. All three shoot; both Cabots are killed, and White and Orange are wounded. Pink, the only person who has not been shot, takes the diamonds and flees. As White cradles the dying Orange in his arms, Orange confesses that he is a police officer. White holds his gun against Orange’s head. The police storm the warehouse and order White to drop his gun. Gunshots sound.Reservoir Dogs is among the most violent films ever made, and some scenes are really painful to watch, but the way that reality is captured is something that justifies the violent excesses in this film. The violence is never glorified, nor is the criminal lifestyle. When films are overly violent, they usually get branded as such, but despite the extreme violence, Reservoir Dogs still manages to deliver an important overall message about the consequences of your actions. It remains high on the growing list of Tarantino’s classic films, and it will never be forgotten.

REVIEW: DEAD MAN’S CURVE

CAST

Matthew Lilalrd (Scream)
Michael Vartan (Alias)
Keri Russell (Waitress)
Randall Batinkoff (School Ties)
Tamara Craig Thomas (Odyssey 5)
Dana Delany (Desperate Housewives)

dead-mans-curve-1998-_148795-fli_1384485439After hearing of a school policy granting anyone whose roommate commits suicide an automatic 4.0 GPA. Harvard Law School aspirants Tim (Matthew Lillard) and Chris (Michael Vartan) plot to kill their roommate Rand and make it look like suicide. They’re successful, but when the fallout breeds unforeseen consequences and two local detectives close in, guilt and mistrust fester, jeopardizing Chris’s relationship with his girlfriend Emma (Keri Russell) and the roommates’ futures.dead_mans_curveI really didn’t expect much of Dead Man’s Curve at first but I became immediately thrilled once I started watching it. Good performances aside, the script meanders and lacks true thrills, making it slow going at times. But hang in for the ending – as usual, the best part of the curve is the twist.

REVIEW: PARANOID

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CAST

Jessica Alba (Dark Angel)
Iain Glen (Game of Thrones)
Jeanne Tripplehorn (The Firm)
Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting)
Mischa Barton (The Assassiantion)
Kevin Whately (Lewis)
Gina Bellman (Coupling)

75448-paranoid-sky-picturesThe film begins at a fashion show, where Chloe Keene (Jessica Alba) takes the catwalk. She returns home to her boyfriend Toby (Oliver Milburn) and tells him what a great time she had in New York. The phone rings, but no one is on the other end, and she tells her friend she will change her number. After this, she goes to a shoot, where she meets her other boyfriend, Ned (Gary Love), who offers to take her out to a reunion of his former band. She goes home, and lies to Toby that she will be visiting someone in Brighton. Chloe falls asleep in the car due to pills she has taken, and wakes up when she arrives at the reunion. She gets a phonecall from a stalker with a strange voice, a different one to the one that called earlier. At the reunion, she meets Stan (Iain Glen), his wife Rachel (Jeanne Tripplehorn), his deaf daughter Theresa (Mischa Barton), and his brother Gordon (Ewen Bremner), who films the party. While they are having lunch, Ned’s wife Eve (Gina Bellman) arrives, and is rude to her, causing her to cut her hand on a glass. Eve tells her that she wants her to bleed to death,hqdefaultChloe goes outside, and later on, Stan comes to find her. He tells her that everyone else has gone, but she can stay the night. While she is in the bath, Rachel enters and asks her what she thinks during photoshoots. Chloe tells her that she just pretends during them. When she gets out of the bath, she finds that Graham has put the handcuffs Ned gave her on the bed. She goes to bed, and hears a noise outside. When she goes to investigate, Stan takes her back into the bedroom and drugs her, so she falls asleep. She wakes up again, and calls her friend, who hangs up on her. She decides to go downstairs, and sees Gordon watching the tapes of earlier in the evening. When he goes to bed, she snatches one and starts to watch it, seeing herself being sexually assaulted. Someone attempts to open the door, so she escapes through the window and gets outside, where she faints after seeing Stan in the car.jessica-alba-bildergalerie-327818-1999pranoidShe wakes up in the basement, where Stan handcuffs her to the bed. Meanwhile, her silent stalker Clive (Kevin Whateley) is still phoning her up. Using her barefeet to pick up the phone, Chloe answers, and tells him she is trapped in the house that used to be a hotel. Theresa finds the tapes somewhere, and makes a poster to hand in to the police about Chloe, but they just laugh. Rachel finds the phone, and the group decide to hide it in the shed. Clive decides to make his way to the house, and Rachel gets rid of him. He phones Chloe and hears the phone in the shed, ringing, so decides to call the police. Inside, Theresa finds Chloe, but is unable to undo the cuffs. Ned arrives and tells Chloe they will need to make a tape of her enjoying herself, in case she tells the police what they have done. Stan tells Gordon that they need to kill Chloe, and they bundle her into a car. Unknown to them, they are followed by Clive. Ned tells Rachel that if they go through with their plan, they will be accessories to murder. Upstairs, Theresa breaks the window with a chair, and escapes down the side of the house, just as the police arrive. Ned gets her into the police car, and tells them to get out of there.paranoid-48-stunden-in-seiner-gewalt-jessica-alba-2-rcm408x408uStan and Gordon arrive at their destination and Clive sees them. Stan distracts Clive, as Gordon tries to cover up Chloe’s noise. When Stan threatens him, Clive attempts to run him over, narrowly missing. He then begins chasing Gordon around in a circle, as the police arrive, and arrest Stan. Back at home, Clive gets some dinner from his wife, and looks out of his window to see Chloe getting back home. She calls Toby, who is playing the saxophone. After she hangs up, he reveals himself to be her other stalkeuntitledI thought this movie wasn’t extremely bad. It did run a little long..but maintaining your interest for about the middle 3o mins and a slighty good ending which left you with the feeling that the movie was semi-good. A decent enough thriller worth a watch if your a fan of Jessica Alba.