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The Nice Guys

The worst detectives ever are sucked into the wacky world of the 1970s LA porn industry to hilarious effect in the buddy comedy of the year, The Nice Guys, arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms on September 26, 2016, courtesy of Icon Film Distribution.

Holland March (Ryan Gosling, The Big Short, La La Land) is a wise-cracking, down-on-his-luck private eye in 1977 Los Angeles, and a useless single parent to sweet and sassy daughter, Holly, who takes care of him. Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe, Man Of Steel, The Mummy) is a hired enforcer and debt collector who hurts people for a living.

Fate turns them into unlikely partners after a young woman named Amelia (Margaret Qualley, TV’s The Leftovers) mysteriously disappears following the production of her ‘experimental artistic film’.

Healy and March soon learn the hard way that some dangerous people are also looking for Amelia, and anyone else who gets involved in the case seems to be winding up dead. Before they know it, their investigation escalates into pandemonium, with dead bodies, wild parties and gun-toting car chases galore.

From the producer (Joel Silver) that brought you Lethal Weapon, The Matrix and Predator and genius director Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3, The Predator) comes the most unlikely of comedic duos in a film that flaunts as much exhilarating action and slapstick comedy as it does banter and wit.

The Nice Guys is released on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on September 26, 2016.

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To celebrate the release of The Nice Guys on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, September 26, 2016, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies of the film on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who plays Ryan Gosling’s daughter in The Nice Guys (Clue, the answer is in our review)?

A) Elle Fanning
B) Angourie Rice
C) Maura Kelly

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Tales of Halloween - Preview

Tales of Halloween

Preview by Jack Foley

TALES of Halloween is the ultimate viewing this Halloween, bringing together eleven of the finest directors working in horror today along with several icons of the genre and some future ones-to-watch. We have a copy of the Blu-ray to giveaway to one lucky winner!

With plenty of frights and the blackest of comedy, Tales of Halloween is for anyone who loved Trick ‘r Treat and wants to scare themselves silly come the biggest, baddest night in the horror calendar.

On DVD and Blu-Ray from Monday, October 24, 2016 and for download from Monday, October 17, 2016.

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Named “the best horror anthology since Trick ‘r Treat” by Fangoria and “among the best Halloween-themed horror movies ever made” by DailyDead, Tales of Halloween weaves together ten chilling tales from horror’s top directors including Neil Marshall (The Descent), Lucky McKee (The Woman) and Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV).

Watch in terror as ghosts, ghouls, monsters, aliens, axe murderers and the devil himself delight in terrorising unsuspecting residents of one American suburban neighbourhood across one heart-stopping Halloween night.

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To celebrate the release of Tales of Halloween on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, October 24, 2016, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 copy on Blu-ray. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Neil Marshall directs one segment of Tales of Halloween. Can you name another of his horror films?

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The Angry Birds Movie - DVD Review

The Angry Birds Movie

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

FOR a film based upon a mobile phone app, The Angry Birds Movie could potentially lay claim to being one of the better big screen adaptations of a popular computer game. But that would still only be damning it with faint praise!

Rather, first-time feature directors Clay Katis and Fergal Reilly have delivered a hit-and-miss animated adventure that is undoubtedly fun in places, yet overly reliant on crude humour.

It looks great, with some eye-catching artwork throughout, but the characterisation also leaves a lot to be desired, especially in its depiction of the tiresome piggy villain. Hence, while undoubtedly zany and slapstick enough to keep younger viewers entertained, it falls some way short of the ability of Pixar or Disney to play as well to older viewers too (albeit with a surreal nod to The Shining included).

The plot is fairly flimsy too and feels stretched even at just over 90 minutes. It follows Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), one of the more angry residents of the generally peaceful Bird Island, as he is forced to enter anger therapy in a bid to keep his emotions in check.

Once there, he reluctantly makes ‘friends’ with Chuck (Josh Gad), a hyper-active cock; Bomb (Danny McBride), a black bird attempting to keep his explosive tendencies in check, and Terence (Sean Penn), a menacing, inarticulate giant who nevertheless has a heart of gold.

When their island is suddenly threatened by the arrival of the aforementioned pig villains [from neighbouring Piggy Island], Red is immediately sceptical of their intentions. But his concerns are largely ignored by his fellow residents until it’s too late, prompting Red and his colleagues to emerge as unlikely heroes to save the day.

Jon Vitti, who has written for The Simpsons (good) and Alvin and the Chipmunks (bad), The Angry Birds Movie takes a lot of familiar genre elements (outsider/loner forced to come good), and does very little that’s new with them. Rather, it goes through the motions while remaining careful to work in the game elements that will be familiar to the many millions of people who became addicted to the app in the first place.

But while that is certainly lazy, that’s not to say the film is all bad. Indeed, there are some very funny sight gags tossed in here and there (especially during the early, establishing sequences), while a wild opening sequence that sets up Red for his fall from grace is huge slapstick fun and reminiscent of a Chuck Jones style of animated comedy.

A prolonged gag involving Eagle urine is also a guilty pleasure that will have you laughing in spite of yourself, while the principal voice cast also help to ensure the characters have more colour than the script allows. Sudeikis makes Red amiable, if not overly memorable; Gad follows up his excellent voice work as Olaf in Frozen with another endearing turn here, and Penn proves an inspired casting choice as the gruff Terence, delivering his lines via a series of groans. The ever-reliable Peter Dinklage also affords the film’s Mighty Eagle a few well delivered lines to savour.

If anything, the movie’s plus points actually highlight the failures even more, making this a frequently frustrating effort that leaves you with the nagging sense that things could have been a great deal better.

That being said, adults won’t feel that angry at having seen it afterwards, while the little ones will be amused.

Certificate: PG
Running time: 94mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: October 17, 2016

The Take (formerly Bastille Day) - DVD Review

The Take

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

REAL world events overtook action thriller The Take (formerly known as Bastille Day) because of its unfortunate proximity to the terrorist atrocity in Nice, France, that claimed the lives of so many, as well as the Paris shootings last year.

But while James Watkins’s film does trade on a terrorist threat on Bastille Day, the ensuing film is about as far removed from reality as you can get. It’s a popcorn chase thriller that actually works quite well on its own terms.

Richard Madden (formerly of Game of Thrones) is an American pick-pocket named Michael whose decision to snatch the bag of a beautiful young woman named Zoe (Charlotte Le Bon) proves fateful given that the bag in question contains a ticking bomb.

After the bomb explodes, the hapless Michael becomes the primary suspect and is pursued by rogue CIA agent called Briar (Idris Elba). But the two soon become unlikely allies as they work together to find the real culprits and prevent another attack.

The absurd action that follows takes in several nifty chase sequences, including one particularly memorable rooftop pursuit between Madden and Elba that works because of the way it manages to combine daredevil action with credible clumsiness.

But then Watkins knows how to handle a genre piece, having previously helmed the dislikeable but effective Eden Lake and the competent haunted house adaptation of The Woman in Black.

Here, he trades on elements of Bourne and Bond but also puts his own stamp on proceedings, turning something that is entirely preposterous into something highly engaging.

His cast deliver the goods too. Elba, doing his best 007 audition mixed with a little of 24‘s Jack Bauer, is suitably no-nonsense and pumped up, while Madden brings an everyman quality to his endearing thief, even if the decision to cast him as an American seems pointless. The Paris locations also provide an eye-catching backdrop.

Hence, while The Take doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, it’s a surprisingly efficient crowd-pleaser that neither offends nor lives long in the memory.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 92mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: October 17, 2016

The Curse of Sleeping Beauty - Preview

The Curse of Sleeping Beauty

Preview by Jack Foley

A dark new twist on a Brothers Grimm tale you thought you knew, The Curse of Sleeping Beauty gives the classic fairy tale a seriously scary makeover timed perfectly for Halloween. To celebrate its UK DVD release, we have a copy to give away.

With a bright young cast (including Gregory Peck’s grandson, Ethan), gorgeously sinister design and more than a touch of gothic terror, The Curse of Sleeping Beauty is for anyone who enjoyed Maleficent, The Vampire Diaries or The Twilight Saga.

Thomas Kaiser (Peck) inherits an ancestral mansion that has been in his family for generations – only to learn that he has also inherited an ancient curse stemming back to the Crusades.

Forced into his new role as “protector” – the guardian appointed to keep the evil demons in the house at bay – Thomas must unravel the mystery of the house, while struggling to awaken the beautiful Briar Rose, held captive in a terrifying netherworld seen previously in his dreams.

The Curse of Sleeping Beauty is available on DVD from October 24, 2016.

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Q. Which famous actor is The Curse of Sleeping Beauty star Ethan Peck the grandson of?

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Arcadia - Preview


Preview by Jack Foley

Deftly blending elements of Soylent Green and Elysium, Arcadia is a London-based sci-fi thriller with an ingenious look at a not-too-distant future that’s gone badly wrong. To celebrate its release on UK DVD, we have a copy to give away.

In the near future, the population has risen to dangerous levels and a deadly disease has gripped the world. To combat the death toll, ‘Arcadia’ has been built as a safe, disease-free haven for the privileged, where life expectancy is more than 130 years. Outside Arcadia, the average life lasts merely 40 years – unless they can earn a place amongst the elite.

Charlie is 39 and living in London. With little time left he works every day to get him and his daughter into the safe haven. When asked to capture a government target, Adam Black, a member of resistance movement ‘Free Care’, Charlie takes this opportunity to guarantee them a place inside Arcadia. On the brink of achieving his dream, his mission takes a wrong turn and he finds himself questioning the real purpose for Black’s capture.

Arcadia is available on DVD from Monday, October 24, 2016.

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Q. How old is Charlie in Arcadia?

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Scottish Mussel - Preview

Scottish Mussel

Preview by Jack Foley

BULLDOG Film Distribution is pleased to confirm multi-platform release of Scottish Mussel.

Written, directed by and starring British filmmaker Talulah Riley (St.Trinian’s) Scottish Mussel tells the story of Ritchie (Martin Compston), a Glaswegian chancer with low hopes and no prospects.

Disillusioned with city‐life, he goes undercover at a Highland conservation centre to make his fortune as an illegal pearl fisher with the help of his two hapless and accident-prone mates, Danny (Joe Thomas) and Fraser (Paul Brannigan). But his plan goes awry when he meets Beth (Riley), a pretty English conservationist passionate about saving endangered mussels from the clutches of pearl thieves, and falls for her instantly…

Scottish Mussel, starring Martin Compston (Filth, Line of Duty), Joe Thomas (The Inbetweeners Movie), Morgan Watkins (Kingsmen: The Secret Service) and Paul Brannigan (Under the Skin, Sunshine on Leith) will receive be available on DVD and Digital HD on Monday, October 17, 2016.

Alongside Riley and Compston, Scottish Mussel boasts cameos from Harry Enfield, Rufus Hound and Russell Kane. The film also stars Emun Elliot and Marianna Palka.

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To celebrate the release of Scottish Mussel on DVD on Monday, October 17, 2016, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. What is the name of Martin Compston’s character in Scottish Mussel?

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Looking For Richard - Preview

Looking For Richard

Preview by Jack Foley

HOLLYWOOD icon Al Pacino (The Godfather) unravels the mysteries and challenges of portraying Shakespeare’s most intriguing villain, King Richard III, in the star-studded documentary Looking for Richard, which is set to arrive on DVD on October 7, 2016 courtesy of Odyssey Video.

Written, starring, directed and presented by Pacino, this labour of love features a jaw-dropping cast, including Kevin Spacey (American Beauty), Winona Ryder (Heathers), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Kenneth Branagh (Wallander), Derek Jacobi (Last Tango in Halifax), John Gielgud (Chariots of Fire), Vanessa Redgrave (Howards End) and James Earl Jones (Star Wars).

Scored by the award-winning composer Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings), the movie combines performances of scenes from Richard III and interviews with leading Shakespeare scholars and actors on both Richard III and Shakespeare’s relevance to the modern world.

Pacino won a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for the film, which is a remarkable directorial debut.

Discover another side to Shakespeare in the fascinating Looking for Richard.

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Q. Who provides the score for Looking For Richard?

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The Electric Horseman - Preview

Preview by Jack Foley

SEXUAL chemistry crackles between double Oscar winners Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) and Jane Fonda (Nine to Five) in The Electric Horseman, a romantic comedy adventure directed by acclaimed director Sydney Pollack (Tootsie), which is set for a DVD release on October 17, 2016 thanks to Odyssey Video.

Sonny Steele (Robert Redford) has swapped his previous life as a rodeo champion for a corporate gig as a brand spokesman in a garish electrified cowboy suit.

Everything changes at a Las Vegas convention when, appalled that the racehorse he is riding has been doped, he gallops away into the desert to restore the horse to freedom. In hot pursuit behind him are the state police, his employers, and not least, investigative journalist Hallie Martin (Jane Fonda).

The film features a stunning score by Academy Award-winning composer Dave Grusin (The Fabulous Baker Boys), and stars country music legend Willie Nelson, of supergroup The Highwaymen, in his feature film debut.

Impressively, Robert Redford did all his own riding stunts and loved the horse so much he brought it home and kept it for the rest of its life. This autumn, gallop into the sunset with this madcap caper.

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Q. Who directs The Electric Horseman?

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Win a copy of Race - own it from October 10


Preview by Jack Foley

TENSE and uplifting Race is based on the true life story of track and field sensation Jesse Owens, who at the 1936 Olympics not only found his battles in the stadium but within society as well.

To celebrate the release on DVD, Digital Download and VOD from October 10, 2016, we’re giving you the chance to win a copy of the film!

Discovered whilst attending Ohio State University in the early 1930s Jesse soon found himself gaining national recognition for breaking numerous athletic records. As the Olympics approached, which were to be held in Nazi Germany, there was much debate across the world as to what countries would be attending and for Jesse in particular the question of whether a black man should visit such a racist country.

With the US eventually deciding not to boycott the games, Jesse soon found himself at the centre of racial animosity both on and off the field, at home and in Germany. With the world looking on Jesse used the opportunity to prove himself as the fastest man alive – coming home with a record breaking four Gold Medals, whilst also turning Hitler’s theory on its head.

Inspiring and provocative, Race is one man’s story of triumph over adversity, and a reminder that although we don’t all have Jesse’s talents, we can all stand up and make a difference.

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Q. What are the Ohio State University colours?

A) Maroon and white
B) Red and blue
C) Green and yellow

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