#GrimmFest 2015: BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS Film Review


When work literally sucks…

GrimmFest 2015 played host to the regional premiere of Brian James O’Connell’s savagely funny splatter-satire BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS last night.

Described as a mix between THE OFFICE and SHAUN OF THE DEAD, BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS tells the story of a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at whose new manager has a fairly extreme solution to increasing productivity.

Franz Kranz stars as Evan Sanders, acting Sales Manager at a soul-killing call centre who thinks he’s g...

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Film Review: THE MARTIAN

Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney in THE MARTIAN © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney in THE MARTIAN © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Smart, captivating and surprisingly funny, THE MARTIAN is amongst Ridley Scott’s best work

After the disappointing EXODUS and the widely slated THE COUNSELOR director Ridley Scott is back on top form with his latest film THE MARTIAN, a sci-fi thriller starring Matt Damon. 

Based on a best-selling novel by Andy Weir, THE MARTIAN tells the story of Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) who is presumed de...

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CD Review: The Bodyguard – World Premiere Cast Recording


This review was originally written for The Public Reviews 

Following its successful run at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End and to coincide with its current UK tour, First Night Records has released the highly anticipated world premiere cast recording of The Bodyguard – The Musical.

Based on the 1992 hit film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, The Bodyguard tells the story of international pop superstar Rachel Marron who falls in love with her bodyguard, hired to protect h...

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Catching Fireflies

Enchanting, touching and visually stunning, CATCHING FIREFLIES is a magical short film with a powerful message

It is not often that I am moved to tears by a film, but when I am it is because I have seen something truly special. Lee Whittaker’s CATCHING FIREFLIES is just that – a captivating, moving and special short film that will move you to tears.

CATCHING FIREFLIES tells the story of 9 year old Latina girl (Gianna Gomez) who uses her vivid imagination to enter into a mystical world full ...

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Theatre Review: The Crucible – Royal Exchange Theatre

The Crucible

Photo Image: Jonathan Keenan

Arthur Miller’s THE CRUCIBLE is brought to life in new production directed by Caroline Steinbeis at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre

2015 is the centenary year of playwright Arthur Miller’s birth and director Caroline Steinbeis has brought his Broadway production of THE CRUCIBLE to Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre.

Written in 1953 by Miller as an indirect and ingeniously shrewd way to speak out against McCarthyism and the anti-Communist enquiries in America,...

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Film Review: Sicario



Dark, complex and technically brilliant, SICARIO is one of the best films of the year

Following its world premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Denis Villeneuve’s tightly-woven thriller SICARIO finally hits UK cinemas next month and boy is it good.

Written by Taylor Sheridan, SICARIO is a hard-hitting, intelligent crime thriller about the escalating war against drugs...

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David Bowie Documentary To Make UK Premiere at BFI London Film Festival


Let’s Dance: Bowie Down Under to premiere at BFI Southbank on 10th October as part of Sound Mirrors

With 182 live action and animated shorts at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, it takes a special kind of documentary to stand out from the crowd. One film hoping to do just that is LET’S DANCE: BOWIE DOWN UNDER, an intimate behind-the-scenes documentary about the landmark LET’S DANCE music video.

Featuring never-before-seen archive footage with Bowie himself, plus exclusive interviews wi...

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Album Review: Patti LuPone – Matters of the Heart


This review was originally written for The Public Reviews

In an inspired decision by Broadway Records, Patti LuPone’s superb 1999 solo album Matters of the Heart has been reissued in CD format and as a digital download.

Best known for her Broadway performances in Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes, Evita and Gypsy, LuPone is an American actress and singer, well-known in the world of musical theatre...

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Film Review: Summit


Christina Raia makes a decent directorial debut with horror psychodrama SUMMIT

With hundreds of independent horror films released each year, it takes a special kind of indie feature to stand out from the crowd. One film hoping to do just that is SUMMIT, a new horror/psychodrama written and directed by Christina Raia.

SUMMIT tells the story of five college friends, Jesse, Sean, Sarah, Will and James, who hit the road for a ski trip to Vermont...

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Theatre Review: Annie – Opera House, Manchester


This review was originally written for The Public Reviews

When Annie first burst onto Broadway in 1977, the brassy American musical won over hearts of theatre goers across the world with a record six-year run at the Alvin Theatre, scooping a Tony Award for Best Musical. Over 38 years later, the award-winning musical is continuing to thrill audiences in a stunning new production on tour in the UK starring Craig Revel Horwood as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan.

Set in 1930s New York during The Great...

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