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David Lowery is the director who brought us Ain't Them Bodies Saints, A Ghost Story and The Old Man & the Gun. With a great looking cast in Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander & Joel Edgerton. Check out the teaser trailer. 

So far we have a May 2020 release date for the US.

Plot
A fantasy re-telling of the medieval tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Run time: 0m

Stars: Alicia Vikander Barry Keoghan Dev Patel Erin Kellyman Joel Edgerton Kate Dickie Ralph Ineson Sarita Choudhury Sean Harris

As the gang return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.
Run time: 123m

Stars: Alex Wolff Awkwafina Dwayne Johnson Jack Black Karen Gillan Kevin Hart Madison Iseman Morgan Turner Nick Jonas Ser'Darius Blain

“A fresh feel steeped in Nostalgia.”
There's only one way you should go into Doctor Sleep. As a sequel I'm not too sure it works, but as a spin off, Mike Flanagan nails it!

I was not hyped about this film. The trailer gave the feeling of an ultra glossy, new age horror, trying to get a leg up off the back of 'The Greatest Horror of All Time'. Much to my surprise, Doctor Sleep is a clever spin off tale, that gives enough homage to Kubrick's masterpiece, but also steps out in its own new threads. This gives the film a fresh feel steeped in nostalgia.

I love The Shining, but I'm no mega fan, so I can only comment from that stance. I'm not sure whether diehards of the 1980's classic will be pleased, I'm really not. But as a cinephile who loves the original I really did love this take. I also think to anyone new, or even those who haven't seen The Shining, there's a lot to love about this style of film. Doctor Sleep is not scary, but neither was The Shining. Instead of cheap jump scares, Flanagan builds a lot of the tension through the score, the cinematography and character development.

There's a far bigger, in your face, supernatural element at play here, and that's why I think it works better as a spin off. Rebecca Ferguson does an extraordinary job with her character, and it is a make or break character to the film. I'm not sure how, but she has made a crazy, top hat wearing carny exude sexual appeal. I thought Ewan McGregor does a great job with some lovely little nuances that really make you believe he was once that messed up little kid.

Don't worry about the 2hr31 runtime. It flies by. It's the first movie this year to really hold my attention for that period of time. While the 3rd act is the weakest of the film, due to it quite heavily leaning on its predecessor's material, the film as a whole is a big win, and at the moment it would likely sit in my top 10 list of 2019.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reviewed by Josh

Plot
Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the 'shine'. Instinctively recognising that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers.

Run time: 152m Tagline: Dare to go back Release: 2019-10-30

Stars: Carel Struycken Cliff Curtis Emily Alyn Lind Ewan McGregor Katie Parker Kyliegh Curran Rebecca Ferguson Robert Longstreet Selena Anduze Zahn McClarnon

From the writer of Let The Right One In, comes another very unique Nordic tale. This could get a bit too weird for some, but I loved it. Moving past the weirdness, Border is a really touching and emotional story about fitting in. It’s about the border of morality and the border of who you really are.

The performances are amazing, with the 2 leads completely transformed by incredible makeup (I’ve added a photo of the actors - swipe to see). The film totally deserved its hair and makeup Oscar Nom.

If you liked films such as Thale & The Lure you should like this.

Border gets so weird, yet so lovely.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reviewed by Josh

{Available on SBS OnDemand}

Plot
When a border guard with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers encounters the first person she cannot prove is guilty, she is forced to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind.

Run time: 110m Tagline: Sense something beautiful Release: 2018-09-27

Stars: Andreas Kundler Ann Petrén Eero Milonoff Eva Melander Joakim Olsson Jörgen Thorsson Matti Boustedt Rakel Wärmländer Sten Ljunggren Viktor Åkerblom-Nilsson

Tigers Are Not Afraid is a Mexican horror from 2017, that is kindred to The Devil’s Backbone. This exciting new director creates a dark fairytale spin,to tell the horrific story of the real effects of The Cartel in Mexico.

Tigers Are Not Afraid is well worth your time if you like fantasy horror. Released onto Shudder in 2019, it’s reminiscent of Del Toro’s style, so there’s no wonder he liked it so much. With the fantasy element added, It’s something a little different, but it never gets in the way of the harrowing consequences the drug world causes in Mexico.

The child actors are all excellent, turning in very believable performances. Especially for the fact that none of them had acted before.

Wonderfully shot, creating a beautifully dark and touching tale that feels fantastical and real at the same time.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Written by Josh (FilmNotions)

Plot
A dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war.

Run time: 83m Release: Available on SHUDDER

Stars: Benny Emmanuel Hanssel Casillas Ianis Guerrero Juan Ramón López Nery Arredondo Paola Lara Rodrigo Cortes Tenoch Huerta

The Lighthouse is definitely a film for 'cinephiles'. A master class in film making, director Robert Eggers turns up the style, the tension, and the downright weirdness, since his last film, The VVitch.

Two feature films made and Eggers is making his own hefty mark in the horror genre. With his own unique style of storytelling, his films won't please everybody. They are uncomfortable, disturbing and slow paced.

There's little wonder The Lighthouse has been nominated for Best Cinematography at this years Oscars. The Black and White, almost square 1.19:1 ratio is shot with such beauty it will mesmerise and haunt you in equal parts. Eggers teaming up again with Director of Photography, Jarin Blaschke, after their collaboration on The Witch, have created one of the best looking films of 2019. Also reteaming with The Witch composer, Mark Korven, the score accentuates the horror, the claustrophobia and the descent into madness the film has to offer.

The performances are outstanding. Willem Dafoe transforms into a grizzly pirate of a man, while Pattinson plays a quiet and subdued young man, who is seemingly running away from something in his past. They are both exceptional. The Lighthouse is predominately just the two of them stuck on a volcanic rock of an island. The lighthouse and the violent oceans that circle them become characters in their own right. One towering over them and the other surrounding them with suffocation.

Folklore and supernatural ancient yarns abound, The Lighthouse is a horrific tale of yesteryear that can also give us insight into human traits we still deal with today. It's not an easy watch, but it's wildly weird and entertaining.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Written by Josh Barry (FilmNotions)

Nick Says (NicksFlicksFix)
Incredible cinematography. Extremely weird. Amazingly unsettling. Spontaneously hilarious. Superb performances. It’s damn good.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Plot
Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

 

Run time: 110m Tagline: There is enchantment in the light. Release: 2019-10-18

Stars: Jeff Cruts Kyla Nicolle Logan Hawkes Pierre Richard Preston Hudson Robert Pattinson Shaun Clarke Valeriia Karaman Willem Dafoe

Are you a fan of the 1970s classic TV show ‘Fantasy Island’? Great! Stick with the show, because even when that series was at its worst, it still wasn’t as bad as 2020’s revamped-for-a-younger-audience-horror adaption, Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island (and yes, the title card at the beginning of the film has “Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island”).

A group of people win a competition to travel to an island run by Mr. Roarke (Michael Pena), who have the opportunity to live out their ultimate fantasy. A girl who wants revenge on her high school bully, a cop who always wanted the chance to be a soldier, a woman who wants one more chance with the person she loves most. These are just some of the ideas that Fantasy Island brings forward for the audience to invest in.

And to be fair, at surface level, this concept should make for an interesting movie. In fact, Fantasy Island at times does feel like there is a passable thriller movie hiding in between every bad joke, every awful twist and every uninspired jump scare. In the hands of someone who cared more about making a good movie, rather than just making something for cheap that the kids will love, Fantasy Island may have been another one of Blumhouse’s semi-reasonable hits.

However, this “horror-thriller” will now go down as one of 2020’s most unintentional comedies. This is the sort of film that warrants you getting your mates together on a Friday night and playing a drinking game with it. In no way is this a good movie, but it’s definitely one that can be enjoyed (albeit not for the reasons it should be enjoyed) under the right (intoxicated) circumstances.

Fantasy Island falls hard into some many horror tropes that it feels stale. The script isn’t intriguing, the direction isn’t commanding attention, the humour is mismatched to the scenes it is placed in and the performances (with the light exception of Maggie Q)… well they actually feel like the belong in this movie.

 ⭐️✨

Reviewed by Nick (NicksFlicksFix)

 

Plot
A group of contest winners arrive at an island hotel to live out their dreams, only to find themselves trapped in nightmare scenarios.

Run time: 109m

Stars: Austin Stowell Charlotte McKinney Jimmy O. Yang Lucy Hale Maggie Q Michael Peña Michael Rooker Parisa Fitz-Henley Portia Doubleday Ryan Hansen