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My Cousin Rachel

Preview by Jack Foley

ROGER Michell’s “handsomely crafted and filled with intrigue” (Daily Express) thriller My Cousin Rachel will captivate you from start to finish when it arrives on Home Entertainment this October.

This beautifully set period drama will have you jumping to conclusions, before twists and turns hastily bring those assumptions into question.

Romance and mystery collide when My Cousin Rachel arrives on Digital Download on October 16, 2017 and on Blu-ray™ & DVD on October 30, 2017. To celebrate, we’re giving 2x DVD copies!

Passion overtakes reason in this dark and layered romance – based on Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel – starring Oscar® Winner Rachel Weisz*. Believing his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel (Weisz) murdered the man who raised him, Philip (Sam Claflin), a young Englishman, plots revenge against her.

But, despite evidence that Rachel might be a killer, Philip finds himself falling deeply in love with her in this visually stunning, tension-laced film.

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Q. In what film did My Cousin Rachel actress Rachel Weisz win an Academy Award for?

A) The Lobster
B) The Constant Gardener
C) The Mummy

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My Cousin Rachel arrives on Digital Download on October 16, 2017 and on Blu-ray™ & DVD on October 30, 2017.

Armed Response - Preview

Armed Response

Preview by Jack Foley

ACTION movie icon Wesley Snipes is back with a bang alongside WWE superstar Seth Rollins and rock legend and producer Gene Simmons, issuing an Armed Response on DVD and digital platforms from October 16, 2017, courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

A team of Special Forces experts led by Isaac (Snipes, The Expendables 3, Blade II) investigate a high-tech military compound known as The Temple.

When they discover an earlier military team who have been horrifically slaughtered in the deserted facility, the mission suddenly changes focus to survival by any means necessary, as it becomes clear they are not alone…

Also starring Anne Heche (Donnie Brasco, Volcano) and David Annable (TV’s Brothers & Sisters, 666 Park Avenue), Armed Response is the perfect dose of WWE-flavoured supernatural action for all fans of a hard-hitting smackdown!

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To celebrate the release of Armed Response on DVD from October 16, 2017, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. What is the name of Wesley Snipes’ character in Armed Response?

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Gifted (Chris Evans) - DVD Review

Gifted

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

IF YOU’RE in the mood for some emotional manipulation then Gifted ticks all the right boxes.

A tug of love comedy-drama about a likeable uncle trying to retain custody of his maths genius niece, this unashamedly treads a clichéd path but somehow endears in spite of its over-familiarity.

Marc Webb, who shot to prominence with the charming indie rom-com 500 Days of Summer before heading down blockbuster way for two ill-fated Amazing Spider-Man movies, strikes a neat balance between the humour and the drama, while coaxing strong performances from an amiable cast.

As a result, you may find yourself so wrapped up in the emotional journey of its principal players that you won’t mind being manipulated along the way.

Chris Evans, taking a break from Captain America duty, plays former professor turned repairman Frank, who has been raising his seven-year-old niece Mary (McKenna Grace) since her mother – a maths genius – took her own life.

Aware that Mary has the same gift for maths as her mum, Frank has been trying to keep her off the radar. But worried that she is missing out on a normal childhood, he sends her to a nearby school, whereby her talents are quickly discovered and seized upon by her teachers.

When Frank then turns down the opportunity to send Mary to a school for gifted children, on a scholarship, Mary’s teachers contact her wealthy grandmother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan), who swiftly enters into a custody battle with her son, Frank, to help Mary realise her potential.

But will realising Mary’s genius come at the expense of a normal life, just as it did for her late mum?

Audiences will pretty much be able to guess the various plot beats before they happen, especially since Gifted almost steadfastly refuses to do anything different. But that doesn’t prevent it from hitting the right notes, whether in making you laugh or cry. It even manages to rise above some of its sentimental excess thanks in no small part to the winning nature of the performances.

Evans is good value as Frank, by turns stubborn, glib and caring, and it’s good to see him expanding his range outside of the superhero genre. But Grace is superb, evolving from precocious to anguished and heartbroken with consummate ease and laying down an impressive marker for the future.

Duncan, for her part, manages to find some sympathy in her portrayal of the mostly dislikeable Evelyn (she is at least afforded motivation for her actions), while there’s also eye-catching support from Jenny Slate, as Mary’s teacher who unwittingly becomes romantically involved with Frank (another of the film’s clichés).

Webb, meanwhile, keeps things moving at a fairly brisk pace and lands the key scenes (including a heart-rending separation scene) with the right amount of pain or, in the case of a hospital waiting room sequence, schmaltz.

Hence, for all of its shortcomings, Gifted works as a funny, touching and emotionally compelling human drama – a commodity all too rare in this effects-heavy blockbuster season.

Certificate: 12A
Running time: 100mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: October 23, 2017

The Mummy (Tom Cruise) - DVD Review

The Mummy

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

AS GOOD (and sometimes great) as Marvel’s multi-movie superhero universe is, we now have it to ‘thank’ (or blame) for a new breed of blockbuster – the shared universe genre.

Desperate to give new and extended life to classic characters of days gone by, we now see all of the major studios scrambling to unlock their vaults and create inter-linking movies that could serve to create a never-ending franchise.

Warner Bros is doing it, to lacklustre effect, with both the DC superhero universe and the Godzilla/King Kong one. And now Universal is following suit with The Mummy, the first in a proposed Dark Universe that will also revive the likes of The Invisible Man and Dracula.

On the evidence of this first effort, the franchise already deserves to be cursed. Part Mission: Impossible-style action-adventure, part Walking Dead-style horror, and part comedy, Alex Kurtzman’s film is an unholy mess that feels like the desperate attempt it is to follow in Marvel’s path.

Tom Cruise plays Nick Moran, a soldier of fortune operating in Iraq, who accidentally stumbles upon the tomb of an evil Egyptian sorceress named Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), who selects him as her ‘chosen one’ – a human to be sacrificed so that evil can take mortal form.

With the help of beautiful Egypt expert Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis), Nick sets about trying to stay alive (even though he may already be dead) and save humanity, while a shadowy figure, played by Russell Crowe, offers mysterious help to satisfy his own agenda.

Early on, there’s a certain amount of fun to be had in bringing The Mummy into a contemporary arena, which in turn gives Cruise the opportunity to dabble in some more ridiculously OTT stunts. A mid-air, zero gravity sequence on board a plane is admittedly stylish, even if the idea seems borrowed from the last Mission: Impossible.

But once Boutella’s Ahmanet is unleashed, the film loses momentum as the absurdities in the plot become increasingly apparent and the film tries to hide the fact it’s merely an opening chapter by throwing one loud set piece at you after another.

The duality inherent in Cruise’s Nick (will he turn to evil or won’t he) is only explored on a cursory level, Boutella’s Ahmanet isn’t afforded enough time to create a formidable villain beyond a CGI effect, and Wallis’s Jenny is quickly reduced to a damsel-in-distress. Given the movie’s potential to provide two empowering roles for its women, these latter two failures feel particularly disappointing.

But then any semblance of a good (or original) idea that the film has early on is also lost amid the noise and chaos that ensues.

Kurtzman gets lost somewhere between filling Cruise’s unquenchable thirst for a gasp-inducing set piece and settling on a consistent tone, sacrificing plot and character for empty razzle-dazzle or past movie referencing (whether it be Cruise’s own back catalogue or the horror vaults of the likes of the 1999 Mummy or An American Werewolf in London).

As a result, he even struggles to capture a single decent performance, with Cruise coming up woefully short in the comedy stakes and eventually seeming content just to look confused; Russell going hammy as hell, and Jake Johnson – usually very funny – just plain irritating as Cruise’s partner in crime.

By the time the film lumbers to its franchise-spinning climax, with more questions posed than answered, audiences may well be lamenting the start of yet another open-ended journey that may never reach a satisfying conclusion. As for emotional investment in the characters, there is none.

Far from leaving you excited by the prospect of a Dark Universe packed with monsters, The Mummy leaves you cursing your own misfortune at having been tricked into seeing it.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 110mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: October 23, 2017

Win The Red Turtle on DVD

The Red Turtle

STUDIOCANAL is pleased to announce that the Oscar-nominated and highly acclaimed The Red Turtle – a deeply moving and uplifting story about the power of the human spirit – arrives on Digital Download on September 18, 2017 and on DVD and Double Play (Blu-ray and DVD) on September 25, 2017.

Studio Ghibli’s first international co-production from Oscar-winning director Michael Dudok de Wit, The Red Turtle recounts the milestones in the life of a human being through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds.

Bringing together the creative powers of Japan’s most beloved animation studio and the gentle sensibility of Dudok de Wit’s storytelling, the film is brought to life by Prima Linea’s stellar animation team, helmed by Disney veteran Jean-Christophe Lie (Zarafa, Tarzan, Hercules) and the beautiful, dialogue-less screenplay by award-winning French writer and director Pascale Ferran (Lady Chatterley, Bird People).

The Red Turtle is a visually beautiful, emotional and uplifting animated classic that needs to be seen.

Read our review

To celebrate the release of The Red Turtle on Double Play and DVD on September 25, 2017, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Which Oscar-winning short film did Michael Dudok de Wit also direct (Clue, the answer is in our review)?

A) The Blue Umbrella
B) Father And Daughter
C) Four Seasons

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The Canterville Ghost - DVD Preview

The Canterville Ghost

Preview by Jack Foley

FEATURING an all-star cast lead by Patrick Stewart alongside Neve Campbell, Joan Sims, Donald Sinden and Cherie Lunghi comes a magical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic tale The Canterville Ghost, which makes its UK Blu-ray debut and DVD release thanks to Second Sight Films.

Fearing a life of boredom when her family relocates from America to a sprawling English stately home, teenager Ginny Otis (Campbell) is in for quite a surprise.

Strange goings-on are soon explained when she encounters the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville (Stewart), who can only be seen by Ginny and her brothers. An understandably grouchy ghost at first, Ginny learns his sorrowful tale and vows to help him lift the curse that will keep him haunting the corridors of Canterville Hall forever.

This spellbinding adventure will enchant and entertain the whole family in the holidays and beyond.

The Canterville Ghost arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday, October 30, 2017.

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To celebrate the release of The Canterville Ghost on DVD and Blu-ray from October 30, 2017, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who plays Sir Simon de Canterville in The Canterville Ghost?

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Win Your Name on DVD

Your Name

Preview by Jack Foley

TAKE home the body-swapping romance that captivated the world with the highly anticipated release of Your Name.

Critically-acclaimed and as beautifully written as it is animated, this spellbinding story of love and youth is the perfect gift for the anime or film fan in your life.

Synopsis:

“One thing is certain. If we see each other, we’ll know.”

Mitsuha (Mone Kamishiraishi) and Taki (Ryunosuke Kamiki) have never met, but when the frustrated country girl wishes of a life in the big city, they will forge a connection both unexplainable and unforgettable.

In their dreams, the two swap lives, cultures and genders as they learn more about, and grow closer to, each other. What was once a shock becomes a joy-filled double life, but what will happen when they discover the red string of fate tying them together?

Your Name comes to DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray Steelbook on November 6, 2017, from Anime Ltd. It is also available as a Deluxe Edition exclusively to Anime Ltd and Zavvi from November 23.

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Q. Who plays Taki in Your Name?

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Win A Man Called Ove DVDs and books

A Man Called Ove

Preview by Jack Foley

BASED on the international bestseller by Fredrik Backman, Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove has received widespread international acclaim since premiering on the festival circuit, picking up multiple accolades, including a European Film Award for Best European Comedy and two Oscar® nominations.

An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, Ove (Rolf Lassgård) is the quintessential angry old man next door. Having entirely given up on life, his days are spent in a constant monotony of enforcing housing association rules and visiting his wife Sonja’s grave.

But when a boisterous young family moves in next door, immediately incurring his wrath, things take an unexpected turn. Pregnant Parvaneh (Bahar Pars) and her lively children are the complete antithesis of what ill-tempered Ove thinks he needs – and yet, from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship blooms and Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks come to light.

A wistful, heart-warming tale of unreliable first impressions and a wonderful reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared.

A Man Called Ove is released on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday, October 16, 2017.

In Swedish, with subtitles

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To celebrate the release of A Man Called Ove on DVD and Blu-ray from October 16, 2017, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies of the DVD and the book upon which it is based. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs A Man Called Ove?

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Fast & Furious 8 - Tyrese Gibson interview

Compiled by Jack Foley

TYRESE Gibson talks about some of the elements of making Fast & Furious 8 and what he thinks of the franchise’s continued global appeal.

He also talks about working with director F Gary Gray, working in Cuba and driving some of his favourite cars. Fast & Furious 8 is available on Blu-ray and DVD from October 16, 2017, courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK).

Q. Tell us about the story for Fast & Furious 8?
Tyrese Gibson: Dominic Toretto compromised his family because he turned his back on us, and it was uncomfortable to shoot. It was uncomfortable to watch. I actually had a problem with them wanting to do that. But I understood clearly that the family and the movie in itself needed to do something disruptive, and everyone in the world was just curious, like, why would Dom turn his back on us.

And the fact that we didn’t know what was going throughout the movie until the end just had the world on the edge of their seats. And I didn’t realize how good it would be for the franchise, but I realized it really fast when I saw how intrigued everyone was to just find out why he turned his back on us all.

Q. How was working with a new director, in the form of F. Gary Gray?
Tyrese Gibson: He had a bit of a cheat sheet for one because F. Gary Gray had relationships already with Charlize [Theron] and Jason [Statham], Vin [Diesel] and Dwayne [Johnson] who had already done movies with him. So, I’d been really close, as a friend, with F. Gary for about eight years, and we’d been a support system for each other for the years with various different projects. But it was our first time actually working together.

I think when it comes to family, family boils down to inspiration, morale, being honest with each other, and just really making someone feel like you got their back even when they’re not looking. It’s very easy to show someone I got your back when they’re looking, but do you have my back when I’m not around. And F. Gary learned that from me really fast on the set.

I thought it was good that he brought his voice and his unique energy to the franchise. I think that’s what keeps taking us up a level that we give a lot of different filmmakers an opportunity to come in and give their own take and spin on the franchise. And to make sure that we’re still forging the head and not getting caught up in repeating everything.

Q. What do you think about Roman’s new cars in Fast 8?
Tyrese Gibson: Well, thanks to F. Gary Gray I got my Lamborghini; my orange one. And I was able to get the Bentley G2 coop, two-toned, which was cool. I thought it was just cool like when you look at an orange Lamborghini out there coasting on ice in the middle of Iceland. It’s kind of crazy.

There are really no rules in this game. We can kind of just do whatever we want to do. That was just another example of changing the game seeing a Lamborghini on ice. It was the first and only Lamborghini that had ever been to Iceland, and I was just happy to be a part of that.

Fast & Furious 8

Q. How was working in Cuba with those vintage cars?
Tyrese Gibson: We were proud to find out that were the first movie in 60 years to shoot here. But obviously when you’re first it comes with a lot of challenges, a lot of politics, and a lot of rare tape. But we were able to forge a head and put all of our brains together. Everyone worked every angle imaginable to pull it off.

It feels like we travelled back in time 60 years. And the folks that live here every day are use to it, but this is not normal as far as anyone else in the world. I thought it was going to be a couple of old school cars, but the majority of the cars are out here from 50 or 60 years ago and that’s unbelievable to me. Shout out to all the mechanics that have kept these cars alive for 60 years because they drive them every day.

Q. What do you think about the continued global appeal of the Fast franchise?
Tyrese Gibson: I think it’s the diversity that is one of the things that is really unspoken. You know, everyone wants to go to a movie or a TV show and see someone in the movie that looks like them or is where they are from. It gives you a greater sense of pride, and makes you feel like you’re in the movie while
you’re watching it. Family is a universal thing. We all can relate to family. Some of us are close to our families. Others are not, but we do understand what a family is. And cars. customised cars. Men, women, kids, teenagers it’s something that we all love and want.

And if you don’t have that car you’re at least able to look at these cars and imagine that one day you’ll be able to have one. And that’s what dreams are made. So, we’re just happy to be a part of something that translates around the world. There has been a lot of folks that have been trying to tap into this space, but Fast and Furious is in a league of its own. We just hope that we never let the fans down.

Q. What can we expect from the Blu-ray and DVD release?
Tyrese Gibson: Way more scenes, way more funny, way more action and it’s the extended director’s cut. The fans are going to get a real sense of what that looks like. For two, you get a chance to really get behind the scenes and check out Cuba in a way you didn’t even see in the movie.

You really get a sense of the behind-the- scenes, the laughter, the fun, the comradery that the whole world knows about, but we’re proud to show people that there is a way to work on one of the biggest movies in the world and actually have fun doing it.

Read our review of Fast & Furious 8

Fast & Furious 8 is available on Blu-ray and DVD from October 16, 2017, courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK).

Fast and Furious 8 - DVD Review

Fast & Furious 8

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

THERE’S a point early on in Fast & Furious 8 when Kurt Russell’s character turns to a rookie recruit on his team and says “you’re forgetting the first rule, which is know your audience”. It’s a piece of advice that incoming director F Gary Gray seems to have taken on board.

As entertainingly absurd as ever, this eighth film in the franchise exists to satisfy the fans and frequently does so with aplomb without ever really mixing up the formula.

Hence, there’s eye candy aplenty, exotic locations including Cuba and New York, OTT stunts (including one grandstanding sequence involving a submarine), the usual sappy sentiment (all based around the importance of family), and a testosterone overload whenever the three main principals – Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham – share the screen.

Fast & Furious 8 does have the sad distinction of being the first to have been made without the late Paul Walker but even so continues to honour his memory. Without giving anything away, Walker’s character, Brian, is referenced twice… and once in a deeply affectionate way.

The plot, once again penned by Chris Morgan, opts for the type of credibility straining, world-saving kind of exploits that Pierce Brosnan-era James Bond may even have found a little too ridiculous. It basically pits Diesel’s Dominic Toretto against his own crew after a super-villain, known as Cipher (nicely played by franchise newcomer Charlize Theron), offers him a compelling (and deeply personal) reason to switch sides.

Hence, while Toretto goes rogue in a bid to steal some nuclear weapons, it’s left to his old family – led by Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty – to try and make sense of his actions with the unlikely help of former enemy turned ally Deckard Shaw (Statham).

The ensuing chase takes the team from the Big Apple to some frozen Russian wastelands and grows ever more preposterous by the minute.

Yet, crucially, it knows how to make its audience laugh along with it, rather than at its expense, by embracing its own silliness – a ploy that it has used to such winning effect since Fast 5 (still the best in the series).

Hence, the machismo that informs so many of the exchanges is self-consciously OTT, to the point where even the characters are laughing at some of the lines, while the action knows that it’s having to outdo what has come before by frequently referencing it.

And this time around, there are even nods to other movies that may have informed some of the choreography choices, whether it’s Die Another Day 007 or Face/Off‘s Somewhere Over The Rainbow gunfight, which places a child at the centre of the bullet-ridden carnage.

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s even a sublime extended cameo from Dame Helen Mirren, hamming it up as the Cockney mother of Statham’s character, who has a crucial part to play in proceedings.

Indeed, the good time being had by the cast almost effortlessly translates to the viewer and even helps to overcome some of the inevitable lulls in proceedings and contrivances within the plot. For if you properly lifted the lid and took a peak under the bonnet, there are plenty of holes to be found that could easily bring another franchise to a screeching halt.

For starters, the plot doesn’t really make sense, while the stunts frequently defy the laws of gravity. Most of the characters are wasted (especially Kurt Russell’s still intriguing Mr Nobody), while their story arcs defy logic. It’s perhaps a testament to the continued goodwill surrounding this franchise that the films can emerge so unscathed. They’re now virtually critic-proof.

But therein lies the rub. Fast & Furious 8 does know its audience and delivers the goods in spades. It remains an entertaining joyride that shows little sign of slowing down just yet.

Certificate: 12A
Running time: 136mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: October 16, 2017