Category: Crime

 Stan today released the brutal full trailer for the highly anticipated second season of the critically acclaimed criminal drama series Gangs of London. Starring Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù, alongside a renowned ensemble castGangs of London Season 2 is coming soon and will premiere same day as the U.K. and only on Stan.

To watch and share the full trailer, click here: https://youtu.be/XSZ8Wtbw6H4 

One year after the violent reckonings of the first season, the map and soul of London has been redrawn. The surviving Wallaces are scattered, the Dumanis broken and estranged, and ex-undercover cop Elliot is now being forced to work for the investors.

To restore order, the investors have aligned behind heroin baron Asif Afridi and together they have installed a new ruling force in London in the form of brutal gang leader – Koba.

His vision for the criminal landscape is a dictatorship, a world in which old-school gangster codes don’t exist and in which he holds a complete monopoly over London’s drug trade. But this monopoly can’t last forever. The gangs are fighting back – who will win the battle for London’s soul?

Season two will see the return of Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù (Humans), Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You), Lucian Msamati (The Good Liar), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones), Orli Shuka (EastEnders), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Chloe), Brian Vernel (The Tunnel), Narges Rashidi (The Allegation), Asif Raza (Khalish) and Valene Kane (The Fall) reprising their roles.  

Joining the ensemble cast this season includes Waleed Zuaiter (Baghdad Central, The Spy) as Koba, French rapper Jasmine Armando in her first TV role as Saba, Fady El-Sayed (Baghdad Central, A Private War) as Faz, Salem Kali (Un Prophete, Dealer) as Basem and Aymen Hamdouchi (SAS: Red Notice, Criminal: UK) as Hakim. 

The award-winning series is created by Gareth Evans and his creative partner Matt FlanneryGangs of London is a Pulse Films production in association with SISTER for Sky Studios and AMC.

Gangs of London Season 2 is coming soon and will premiere same day as the U.K. and only on Stan.

Are you a Nicolas Cage fan? A really, really serious Nicolas Cage? If you answered yes then this is the giveaway for you.

Mr Cage returns to the big screen as himself alongside fan favourite Pedro Pascal in The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent which hits Australian cinemas on April 21st.

Thanks to our good friends at Studiocanal we have some double passes to giveaway and for your chance to win one you just have to go to our Facebook page and private message us a message telling us what your favourite Nicolas Cage movie is.

Summary:  Broken teens trying to claim somethings their parents failed to provide – A Future and Purpose.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates:  30th July 2020 (Australia), 7th August 2020 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: Available in all territories.

Country: USA

Director: Neil Goss

Screenwriter: Neil Goss

Cast: Jay Amari (Frank), Phil Blevins (Danny), Carole Richards Branch (Diarn), Joseph Cassese (Oliver), Kaleal Cerafici (Marko), Alfredo De Guzman (Thomas), Silvia Dionicio (Lin), Cha-tah Ellem (Nick), Amanda Greer (Victoria), John Living (Toby), Mitchell McCoy (Dale Jackson), Moses Meads (Ryker), Xavier Michael (Chris), James V. Rappa (Steven), Marie Smalley (Molly), Isaiah Kareen Speight (Quando), Corynn Treadwell (Sarah), Lily Yin (Jess)

Running Time: 118 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), R (USA),

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Summary:  A man’s obsession with his designer deerskin jacket causes him to blow his life savings and turn to crime.

Year: 2019

Cinema Release Dates:  6th August 2020 (Australia), 16th July 2021 (UK)

VOD Release Dates: Available in all territories.

Country: France, Belgium, Switzerland

Director: Quentin Dupieux

Screenwriter: Quentin Dupieux

Cast: Maryne Cayon (Zita), Albert Delpy (Monsieur B.), Jean Dujardin (Georges), Adele Haenel (Denise), Youssef Hadji (Olaf), Tom Hudson (Yann), Panayotis Pascot (Johnny), Simon Thomas (Xavier)

Running Time: 77 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK),

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Summary:  Several reformed yet misunderstood criminal animals attempt to become good, with some disastrous results along the way.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  31st March 2022 (Australia),24th March 2022 (Thailand), 1st April 2022 (UK), 22nd April 2022 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: N/A

Country: USA

Director: Pierre Perifel

Screenwriter: Etan Cohen

Cast: Awkwafina (Tarantula (voice)), Richard Ayoade (Professor Marmalade (voice)), Zazie Beetz (Diane Foxington aka The Crimson Paw (voice)), Alex Borstein (Police Chief Misty Luggins (voice)), Marc Maron (Snake (voice)), Anthony Ramos (Piranha (voice)), Craig Robinson (Shark (voice)), Sam Rockwell (Wolf (voice)), Lilly Singh (Tiffany Fluffit (voice))

Running Time: 100 mins

Classification: PG (Australia), G (Thailand), U (UK), PG (USA)

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David Griffiths’ The Bad Guys Review:

It is often said that cinema needs something fresh. In a world where it often seems that it is Marvel vs DC or a reboot from the past it is very, very refreshing when something like The Bad Guys comes along. This may be an animated film but it is well written, comical yet somehow still manages to pack a real action punch.

Based on the books written by Aaron Blabey (whom many would remember as an actor from the iconic Water Rats) the film centres around a crime gang headed by criminal mastermind Wolf (voiced by Sam Rockwell – Moon). Also in the gang is the untrustworthy Snake (Marc Maron – Almost Famous), the cyber hacker Tarantula (Awkwafina – Crazy Rich Asians), master of disguise Shark (Craig Robinson – This Is The End) and the muscle Piranha (Anthony Ramos – In The Heights).

The gang are unified not only by their skills but also by the fact that they are all outsiders due to the fact that they terrify the humans they share the city with. Still they live relatively happy lives due to the amount of loot they have managed to acquire with their numerous heists.

However their lives are turned upside down when the brand new Mayor Diane Foxington (Zazie Beetz – Joker) announces that she is going to take down the crew. Determined to prove her wrong they decide to go after the elusive gold statue that is about to be awarded to the city’s hero Professor Marmalade (Richard Ayoade – The IT Crowd).

Directed by Pierre Perifel (Bilby) The Bad Guys is unlike any animated film that you have ever seen previously. The film’s crime storyline feels like it is for adults yet somehow  the screenwriter, Etan Cohen (Men In Black 3), manages to make this family friendly. So family friendly in fact that this is a film that will be enjoyed by all family members of all ages.

It is obvious that the film pays tribute to films like The Fast & The Furious and Oceans 11 yet at the same time has a voice that is very much its own. The film mixes comedy with action seamlessly well while also managing to draw in some classic heist tropes into an animated setting.

The characters themselves are all interesting and it is very easy to see that each audience member is going to find themselves ‘barracking’ for a character that they want to see as their favourite. Added to that is the fact that Cohen is a smart enough screenwriter to give each character their own personality and uniqueness, something that is often let fall by the wayside when it comes to the animation genre.

The plot itself is full of twists and turns that draw the audience in and keep them guessing from start to finish while the action sequences themselves make you feel like you are watching a Japanese animated film. Those sequences are bright, entertaining and above all add a suspense to this film that lifts this film above many of the other family films we have seen released over the past few years.

The Bad Guys is one of the biggest surprises of 2022. This breath of fresh air is a reminder that there is still creativity when it comes to animation. With such a creative plot and memorable characters this is one film that deserves to become its own franchise.

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Summary:  Travis Block is a government operative coming to terms with his shadowy past. When he discovers a plot targeting U.S. citizens, Block finds himself in the crosshairs of the FBI director he once helped protect.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  10th February 2022 (Australia), 24th February 2022 (Thailand), 11th February 2022 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: China, Australia, USA

Director: Mark Williams

Screenwriter: Nick May

Cast: Caroline Brazier (Sarah), Tim Draxl (Drew Hawthorne), Georgia Flood (Pearl), Clara Helms (Blaire Wright), Mel Jarnson (Sofia Flores), Zac Lemons (Wallace), Liam Neeson (Travis Bock), Aidan Quinn (Gabriel Robinson), Emmy Raver-Lampman (Mira Jones), NF Ravi (Kennele Tanara), Gabriella Sengos (Natalie Block), Andrew Shaw (Jordan Lockhart), Taylor John Smith (Dusty Crane), Yael Stone (Helen Davidson), Claire van der Boom (Amanda Block), Andriana Williams (Margaret Robinson)

Running Time: 104 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 15 (Thailand), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR BLACKLIGHT REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Blacklight Review:

Over the past decade actor Liam Neeson has established himself as an action hero in sleek thrillers that you can normally guarantee are better than the stock standard films in the genre. Even his films that take a more indie approach, like The Ice Road, always seem to have something about them that makes them an enjoyable watch from beginning to end. That tradition continues with Neeson’s latest film – Blacklight from director Mark Williams (Honest Thief).

Set amongst the current political turmoil of the United States Blacklight follows the events that occur when a political candidate is killed in what appears to be a hit and run accident. Intrepid journalist Mira Jones (Emmy Raver-Lampman – The Umbrella Academy) finds herself doubting that the incident was an accident especially after ‘wanted man’ Dusty Crane (Taylor John Smith – Hunter Killer) tries to contact her about it.

This puts Mira onto the radar of the FBI’s Mr Fix-It, Travis Block (Neeson – Schindler’s List), who is asked to pull Dusty off the street and put him into ‘rehab’. This is a job that Block has done 100s of times previously but it is also a job that has ruined him mentally and causes friction between himself and his daughter, Amanda (Claire van der Boom – Red Hill).

Blacklight may not exactly be a cinematic masterpiece but it is certainly an enjoyable film to watch. First time feature film screenwriter Nick May fills the story with intrigue and suspense while also remembering to make the characters likable for the audience. Neeson’s character, Block, is the kind of the character that would normally be the ‘bad guy’ in these types of films. Instead here May makes him a likable character by showing him in tender moments with not only his daughter but also his granddaughter (Gabriella Sengos ).

The plot allows for Block’s character arc to become just as much as a learning curve as Mira’s investigation is. May is also a smart enough screenwriter to know that a film like this works better with a mix of action and dramatic moments. Often throughout this film scenes between Mira sitting down and talking to her colleagues or speaking with Block are just as suspenseful ad the moments when people are fighting for their lives.

May’s screenplay is further enhanced by the work of director Mark Williams. Williams delivers some pretty spectacular car and foot chases all with the city of Melbourne providing a perfect and picturesque back-drop. Williams seems to bring the same intensity to Blacklight that is created on the show that he produces – Ozark, and the result is a film that is guaranteed to bring the big cinematic suspenseful moments all while revealing more about characters that the audience are drawn closer to. The result is a film where the audience are often on the edge of their seat as they actually care what is going to happen when a character’s life is put in danger.

If you need any further proof that Williams is a sensational director when it comes to the action-thriller genre look no further than the brilliant scenes here as Block is cornered inside a house by a team of men sent to kill him. The inventive way and shot selection that Williams and his cinematographer, Shelly Johnson (Captain America: The First Avenger), use make this something pretty special.

Once again Neeson seems to enjoy the thrill of being in such a film – he is a master of this genre now and it once again shows in his performance here. He is also well supported by Emmy Raver-Lampman who reveals herself as somebody that Hollywood needs to consider for bigger roles while Aussie Claire van der Boom is her usual brilliant self.

At the end of the day what you get here is what we have come to expect from Liam Neeson recently – a slick crime-thriller that draws its audience in with just the right mix of action and drama. If you are a fan of the thriller genre then certainly take a trip to the cinema to check this one out.

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You can read our review of Blacklight that appeared in The Phuket News here –

https://www.thephuketnews.com/neeson-shines-in-blacklight-83232.php

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Summary:  Two documentarians exploring the world of online sexual abuse of children succeed in turning an experiment into an act of social intervention.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates:  TBA

VOD Release Dates: Out now

Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia

Director: Barbora Chalupova, Vit Klusak

Screenwriter: Barbora Chalupova, Vit Klusak

Cast: Sabina Diouha (Nikola Komarkova), Anzeka Pithartova (Tyna Junova), Tereza Tezka (Michaela Soukupova)

Running Time: 100 mins

Classification: TBC

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