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Tokarev (Nicolas Cage) - Preview & trailer

Tokarev

Preview by Jack Foley

NICOLAS Cage is back with a bang in action-packed, high-octane revenge drama Tokarev, which makes its UK debut on DVD and Blu-ray courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment on September 22, 2014.

After a life of crime in his younger years Paul Maguire (Cage – Kick Ass, Leaving Las Vegas), now lives a charmed life. Fully reformed from his old ways, he is now a successful businessman, with a nice house, a lovely wife Vanessa (Rachel Nichols – Star Trek, Conan The Barbarian) and a wonderful daughter Caitlin (Aubrey Peeples – Nashville, Sharknado), who he dotes on.

But all that is set to change when his daughter is kidnapped and killed. Hell bent on revenge, nothing will stop Paul in his search to find those responsible. Also starring Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon, Saw) and Max Fowler (The Killing, May Day).

Can a man ever truly get!away!from!his!past!sins? The stakes are high and so is the body count in this tense, fast-paced action thriller, with a shocking twist in its tail.

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To celebrate the release of Tokarev on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday, September 22, 2014, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who plays Nicolas Cage’s wife, Vanessa, in Tokarev?

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The Short Game - Preview

The Short Game

Preview by Jack Foley

THE Short Game will be available on DVD and digitally from September 22, 2014 – a documentary about some of the greatest golfers in the world who are just seven years old – and to celebrate, we have a DVD to give away!

The Short Game follows the lives of eight of the best seven-year old golfers in the world as they train for and compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf.

The annual tournament held at golfing mecca Pinehurst, North Carolina, brings in 1500 young golfers from 54 different countries and determines who will be crowned golf’s next phenomenon.

In its course, the eight stories entwine to form a fascinating and often funny portrait of a group of very young athletes and their families, in which the narrow-focused, peculiar and highly competitive junior golf subculture becomes both a window into contemporary global society and an inspiring reflection of the human condition.

To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question…

Q. Which sport does The Short Game focus on?

A) Tennis
B) Football
C) Golf

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The Short Game will be available on DVD on September 22, 2014.

The Lost Patrol - Preview

The Lost Patrol

Preview by Jack Foley

THE Lost Patrol is a nail-biting drama, based on real events about Brazil’s involvement in World War II comes to DVD on September 22, 2014 and to celebrate; we have 3 DVDs to give away!

During the freezing Italian winter of 1944, a mine detecting squad from the Brazilian Expeditionary Force find themselves lost in the middle of no man’s land after a collective panic attack forces them to flee the front line, Realising they could face a court martial, they must attempt to make their way to a US forward observation post and re-enter the conflict.

Along the way they meet two army deserters: a would-be Italian partisan and an injured German officer tired of war. Together they form a strange band of deserters.

When they have to cross the dreaded Road 47 – the most feared mine field in all of Italy – they must work together with these two former enemies and find safe passage across the deadly terrain and ultimately achieve redemption.

To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question…

Q. What does the military term AWOL mean?

A) A Way Of Life
B) A World Of Learning
C) Absent Without Official Leave

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The Lost Patrol will be available on DVD on September 22, 2014.

Attack On Titan: Part 1 - Preview

Attack on Titan Part I

Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source.

A small percentage of humanity survived by enclosing themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of giants. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a giant in over 100 years.

Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a super giant that appears out of thin air.

As the smaller giants flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single giant and take revenge for all of mankind.

Attack on Titan: Part 1 is available to own on DVD, Blu-ray and Collector’s Edition Blu-ray now from Manga Entertainment UK.

For more information on Manga UK releases, please visit the website

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Q. What is the name of Eren’s foster sister in Attack on Titan?

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HK: Forbidden Superhero - Preview

HK: Forbidden Superhero

SUPERHEROES are a very diverse breed, but we guarantee you’ve never seen one like this before. A teenager who discovers that by putting ladies underwear on his head he transforms into Hentai Kamen, the pervert mask.

Get ready for an adventure featuring easily the weirdest crime-fighter in history.

WITH GREAT PANTS COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY. His father was a lawman. His mother was a bondage queen. His destiny was to put knickers on his head and fight for justice.

Teenage martial artist Kyosuke Shikijo wants to be a hero. But when the chance comes to foil a bank robbery and win the heart of the girl he adores, the only way to conceal his identity is to put lady’s knickers on his head.

This triggers his transformation into Hentai Kamen, the Pervert Mask, with the discovery that female underwear brings him undreamed-of superpowers.

Get ready for in-your-face superheroism from a man with pants for a mask. Based on the manga (of course it was based on a manga, what else would it be based on?) by Keishu Ando in Weekly Shonen Jump, HK: Forbidden Superhero is the weirdest crime-fighter in history, not joining the Avengers any time soon.

HE’S THE BEST THERE IS AT WHAT HE DOES!

HK: Forbidden Superhero is available on DVD and Blu-ray now from Manga Entertainment UK. For more information on Manga UK releases, please visit the website

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Q. Who created the original manga comic upon which HK: Forbidden Superhero is based?

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Win Sabotage on DVD

Sabotage

Ultimate action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger makes an explosive comeback alongside an incredible supporting cast in Sabotage, the most brutal action thriller of his career to date, released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms from September 15, 2014 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Sabotage stars Schwarzenegger (The Last Stand, Escape Plan) as commander of an elite yet volatile DEA task force, with support from an all-star cast, including Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans), Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike, TV’s True Blood), Josh Holloway (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, TV’s Lost), Terence Howard (Dead Man Down, Hustle & Flow), Mirelle Enos (World War Z, TV’s The Killing) and Olivia Williams (Hanna, The Sixth Sense).

After raiding a drug cartel’s mansion, John ‘Breacher’ Wharton (Schwarzenegger) and his team of rogue agents hide $10 million of the hoard for themselves. Returning to retrieve the money later, they find it’s vanished… and the carnage begins.

As the agents find themselves taken down one by one in increasingly sadistic and horrific ways, the race is on to find the culprit. When Breacher teams up with Caroline Brentwood (Williams), the officer assigned to investigate the murders, the team find themselves turning on each other, culminating in an explosive showdown where no one is safe – and everyone is a suspect.

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To celebrate the release of Sabotage on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, September 15, 2014, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…
Question

Q. Who directed Sabotage (Clue, the answer is in our feature)?

A) Antoine Fuqua
B) David Ayer
C) Simon West

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Wolf Creek 2 - Preview

Wolf Creek 2

Preview by Jack Foley

THE deadliest killer of the Outback has returned and he’s more sadistic, more twisted and more violent than ever before.

From the director of Australia’s most terrifying horror film, Wolf Creek comes this brand new sequel that’ll grip you by the throat and have you screaming in fear. Wolf Creek 2 is released on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, September 15, 2014.

Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) is back on the hunt and it’s not wild pigs or crocs that he’s after. Out for the kill, this outback psychopath continues to add to his staggering body count as he mutilates, dismembers and tortures anyone and everyone he lays his eyes upon.

When two young backpackers venture into the wilderness, they soon find themselves face to face with evil, begging for their lives and bringing a wake of death and gory destruction with them as they attempt to flee.

Armed with his trusty knife, sniper rifle and unquenchable thirst for murder, Mick butchers and crashes his way through the wasteland, loving every bloody moment of the violent carnage.

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To celebrate the release of Wolf Creek 2 on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday, September 15, 2014, IndieLondon is giving readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who plays Mick Taylor in Wolf Creek 2?

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The Two Faces of January - DVD Review

The Two Faces of January

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

STYLISHLY shot and nicely acted, Hossein Amini’s directorial debut The Two Faces of January is an absorbing character study wrapped within a murder that grips from start to finish.

Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, the film is beautifully shot in Greece and on Crete and driven by two terrific central performances from Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac.

Set in 1960, the film picks up as American tour guide and swindler Rydal (Isaac) meets charismatic American traveller Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his beautiful wife Colette (Kristen Dunst).

By turns intrigued and smitten by this couple, Rydal soon finds himself drawn into their world as an unwitting accomplice once Chester kills a private investigator sent after him to recover money he has embezzled.

Thereafter, this new trio head to Crete to lie low and make good their escape only to find their loyalties tested by paranoia and suspicion concerning each other’s motives.

Amini’s film is a tightly written potboiler that thrives on the complexity of the performances. Neither Rydal nor Chester are particularly good men but watching them attempt to keep one step ahead of each other makes for engrossing viewing.

Mortensen has the showier of the roles and is genuinely enigmatic as Chester, but Isaac builds on a run of good work (including Drive and most notably Inside Llewyn Davis) to bring a liveability to Rydal that makes you root for him to do the right thing and not get screwed over in the process.

Dunst, for her part, is solid as the object of both men’s affections but hers is arguably the least well written role.

Amini’s direction, meanwhile, makes the most of its stunning Greek locations but ensures the performers are the main focal point and nicely builds on the simmering tension while delivering a suitably exciting climax.

What’s more, by refusing to spoon-feed his audience he also ensures they depart the film with plenty to mull over once the dust has settled… his Greek locations adding extra gravitas to some of the tragedy that unfolds.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 96mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: September 15, 2014

Sabotage (Arnold Schwarzenegger) - DVD Review

Sabotage

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

THE pairing of Arnold Schwarzenegger and David Ayer promised to offer something different from the normal Arnie action routine. But despite some interesting elements, this is a thriller that largely struggles to deliver.

Ayer imbues the film with the same unflinching approach to violence and dialogue as he did to outstanding effect in End of Watch and (to a lesser extent) Street Kings but also feels obliged to include those Arnie elements.

He also includes a particularly sadistic streak that makes the 15 certificate hard to believe and which sometimes leaves an unpleasant taste.

The plot finds Schwarzenegger playing John ‘Breacher’ Wharton, the head of an elite DEA unit, who orchestrate a daring heist to rip off a notorious drug cartel of $10 million and split the proceeds between them.

When the money goes missing and members of his unit start getting bumped off in grisly fashion, Breacher must work out whether the threat comes from the vengeful cartel (which is also responsible for the death of his wife) or from within his own ranks.

Admittedly, Sabotage has plenty in its arsenal, including a strong supporting cast that extends to The Killing‘s Mereille Enos, True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello and Avatar‘s Sam Worthington, but is found wanting on a number of levels.

First and foremost, Skip Woods’ script – co-penned by Ayer – struggles to make much sense the longer it lasts and struggles to deliver a decent character. Hence, while Enos and Manganiello put in some good work, they are never afforded enough time to make it count.

Schwarzenegger, for his part, has a certain amount of fun portraying a morally questionable character but also feels a little out of his depth in places and is clearly more at ease once the action kicks in. Similarly oddly cast is Olivia Williams, whose sassy, tough-talking detective struggles to convince.

Ayer, meanwhile, attempts to compensate for the script’s shortcomings by ramping up the set pieces and investing them with his trademark edgy feel. But some of the violence feels unnecessarily lingering and even distasteful, especially once the film has revealed its hand.

On the one hand, Ayer seems to want to show the harsh reality of the frontline war against the cartels, but on the other he wants to cover them in an Arnie shoot ‘em up that offers more than a passing resemblance, especially late on, to his work in the forgettable Collateral Damage.

Overall, this is a film that keeps sabotaging itself and which has to rate as one of the biggest disappointments of Arnie’s career.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 113mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: September 15, 2014

Only Lovers Left Alive - DVD Review

Only Lovers Left Alive

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

YOU can always tell a Jim Jarmusch film no matter what genre he’s working in by a leisurely sense of pacing, equally laid-back humour and a strong visual style.

But while certainly distinct, it can be polarising. The director’s latest, Only Lovers Left Alive, finds him taking on the vampire genre and showcases him at his best and worst.

On the plus side, the cast – comprising Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin – is great and on suitably strong form, while there’s some wonderfully dark humour (shot through with glib observations on humanity) and arresting visuals.

On the minus side, though, the lack of any real dramatic impetus, particularly during its laboured middle section, may drive some viewers to distraction. For a vampire tale, it lacks urgency. For a love story, it isn’t particularly emotionally compelling. But I guess those are the perils of genre subversion.

The story finds music-loving vampire Adam (Hiddleston) contemplating suicide and calling upon distant lover Eve (Swinton) to come and save him from his slumber. To add complications, both Adam and Eve must also contend with the re-appearance of Eve’s trouble-maker sister (Wasikowska), who is governed by her blood lust more than common sense.

Jarmusch’s film exists more on an existential level than anything horror and – like past hits Ghost Dog and Dead Man – succeeds in posing some playful questions (if he refers to his humans, is that how he sees us?).

It also benefits enormously from its talented cast, with Hiddleston standing out as the eerily enigmatic Adam (a thin White Duke of sorts), but offered plenty to work with by the likes of Swinton, Yelchin, Hurt and Wasikowska, all of whom have their moments.

It’s also refreshing to find someone willing to bring a fresh take to a genre that has been sucked fairly dry of late.

But approach with caution. This may well play best to Jarmusch purists, with those expecting something with a little more bite ultimately disappointed by the cumbersome pacing and barely there storytelling, especially given the overly generous running time. It remains a curiosity piece nonetheless.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 123mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: September 15, 2014