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Summary:  After a one-night stand, a successful married man finds himself entangled in a cunning police detective’s latest investigation.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 6th May 2021 (Australia), 18th December 2020 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Deon Taylor

Screenwriter: David Loughery

Cast: Oakley Bull (Haley Younger/Haley Older), Mike Colter (Rafe Grimes), Sam Daly (Officer Stallman), Michael Ealy (Derrick Tyler), Kali Hawk (Micaela), David Hofin (Officer Lowe), Rasneet Kaur (Lira), Damaris Lewis (Tracie Tyler), Sabina Mach (Sabina), Compton Menace (Bumpy), Geoffrey Owens (Bill Cranepool), Danny Pino (Carter Heywood), Filipp Revega (Officer Mike), Kirill Revega (Officer John), Lance Stephenson (himself), Hilary Swank (Detective Val Quinlan), Tyrin Turner (Tyrin Abenathy)

Running Time: 102 mins

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

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David Griffiths’ Fatale Review:

Back in the 1990s and early 2000s Hollywood went through a phase where it loved to mix ‘sex-up’ it’s crime thrillers. The result was classic films like Basic Instinct and of course every teenage boy’s dream – Wild Things. Of course though like all Hollywood phase for every sexy crime thriller that hit its mark there were another twenty that fell from the way-side… and you can find most of those ones in the DVD section of The Reject Shop these days.

To me, director Deon Taylor’s (Black And Blue) feels like a throwback to those films. The film centres around the seductive Detective Val Quinlan (Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry) who ends up in bed with Derrick Tyler (Michael Ealy – Think Like A Man) when the two’s paths cross in the city of sin – Las Vegas.

What Derrick doesn’t tell Val is that he is married and she only finds that out about him when she is called out to the scene of an attempted murder that just happens to happen at the house of Derrick and his wife Tracie (Damaris Lewis – The Rewrite). The high-rolling Derrick is stunned that somebody has tried to murder him and he is beyond nervous of that fact that Val is now in contact with his wife.

The worst enemy of this film is its trailer. I’ll admit that I enjoyed Fatale as a film but having seen the trailer before I saw the film I had some of my experience spoilt by the fact that I already knew too much of what was going to happen. Deon Taylor and screenwriter David Loughery (Lakeview Terrace) have created a good crime thriller with all the right twists and turns to keep their audience guessing but sadly some of those reveals have already been revealed in the trailer.

Still as far as crime thrillers go Fatale does work pretty well. There is enough suspense to make you wonder about nearly every character that is in Derrick’s life while cinematographer Dante Spinotti (Heat) captures some wonderful shots of the opulent house (and its views) that a majority of the film was shot in.

What I also enjoyed about Fatale was the performances of its leads. Hilary Swank looked like she was having a hell of a fun time playing the dangerous vixen while Michael Ealy takes a huge step forward in his career with a performance that more than shows that he was ready to take over the leading man status on a film.Fatale is a guilty pleasure film. It is the kind of film that I found myself enjoying while I was watching but it is one of those films where people are going to give you a funny look when you admit to liking it. It has suspense, some great twists and turns but I would seriously consider avoiding the trailer before you head into the cinema to watch it.

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Summary:  17-year-old Zoe Hull uses her wits, survival skills, and compassion to fight for her life, and those of her fellow classmates, against a group of live-streaming school shooters.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: TBA

VOD Release Dates: 5th May 2021 (Australia), 14th January 2021 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Kyle Rankin

Screenwriter: Kyle Rankin

Cast: Sahara Ale (Dawn), Cyrus Arnold (Kip Quade), Pierce Atchison (Chaz Harding), Nate Boyer (Commander Riggins), Eli Brown (Tristan Voy), Tori Carew (Katie), Demeris Comeger (Keith), Barbara Crampton (Mrs. Crawford), Catherine Davis (Anna Jelick), Braeden De La Garza (Connor Cope), Mary Deese (Mrs. Greene), David Docobo (Will), Desarae A. Dotson (Claire), Linda Eicher (Barbara), Sydney Gilbertson (Grace Evans), Hanna Glen (Jan), Thomas Jane (Todd Hull), Shelley Kaehr (Ms. Voy), Sebastian Konarski (Officer LaBelle), CG Lewis (Roy Moake), Isabel May (Zoe Hull), Shelby Mayes (Cora Brenner), April McCulloch (Lauren Cope), Joe Michaely (Mr. Yates), Radha Mitchell (Jennifer Hull), Britton Sear (Chris Jelick), Olly Sholotan (Lewis Washington), Kenneisha Thompson (Deputy Monique), Jackie Tien (Missy Walsh), Cindy Vela (Ms. Nunez), Treat Williams (Sheriff Tarsy), Tom Williamson (Mr. Coombs)

Running Time: 109 mins

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

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It seems that the apple didn’t fall from the tree when it came to Nicolas Cage’s son Weston Cage Coppola. Not only has Weston followed in his father’s footsteps when it comes to acting but he is also the lead singer of a black metal band and is a martial arts expert that has seen him win a few belts along the way. Now Weston returns to the screen with his latest film, action flick Assault On VA-33 and he couldn’t be happier.

“I think it was the actual intensity of it,” says Weston as he chats about what it was about the screenplay for this movie that made him want to commit it. “It was so high octane and there was this amazing speed of urgency that seemed to develop for the protagonist. For every character in the film everything is just so complex and I just knew that I wanted to be involved.

Weston is certainly not the hero in this story; in fact he is very much the villain as he gets to play a Russian terrorist hell-bent on getting revenge on an American Military General. “His name is Adrian Rabikov and he is ex Russian military,” explains Weston as we start to discuss the in and outs of characters. “Essentially he just wants to know the whereabouts of his brother. His brother was kidnapped during an American military operation and he is doing everything that he can to find this General Welch who would know where his brother is.”

There is a harshness to Rabikov and Weston is quick to admit that he is not a very nice guy. “It is not uncommon for him to torture people,” he admits. “He is basically willing to conduct terrorist acts in a bid to get what he needs. I guess the relief for me to be able to play a terrorist was that in his eyes he sees himself as a freedom fighter. Because of the fact that he is looking for his brother that to me kind of makes him a redeemable villain, that helped make him somebody that I wanted to bring to the big screen.”

The complexity of the character meant that Weston had to work really hard when on set and he admits that there were times when he had to try and find a way to try and relax at the end of each day, especially after the torture scenes.

“When it came to the scenes with the hostages I just used to try and make them laugh between takes,” he says when we begin to talk about how intense things were on set. “I was really carrying a lot of frightening energy. The statement that my character was so intense that I felt like I had to try and make everybody laugh between takes so there was some kind of release for everybody. A couple of times I couldn’t but I tried to as much as I could because for all of those people in the background that scene felt so real.”

A lot of that intensity came from Weston’s performance and the fact that at times he was so fired up with his performances that saliva sprayed from his at times while he was delivering lines. “I had to do a lot of meditation,” he says laughing as we discuss how he went about calming down each day when shooting wrapped. “I was taking a lot of hot baths; I was doing breath work and just meditating anyway that I could really. I just had to do whatever I could at the end of the day to try and get out of that mentality.”

“Of course that role was somebody that I think people have to be stone cold sober to play,” he says continuing. “I was just keeping up my vitamins and making sure that I got plenty of sleep because I knew that role could take people places that they didn’t want to go… even a bar.”

The intense Assault On VA-33 which stars Weston Cage Coppola and Sean Patrick Flannery is available to stream or rent online.

From the moment Fijian-born musician Adrian Narayan heard metal music he knew he wanted to be a musician. In the early days he grew up on a healthy diet of Limp Bizkit and Korn today Narayan has been wowing Melbourne audiences with his prog/metal style and he recently released a new single titled Fight Friend Flee.

Now Narayan sits down and talks to Dave Griffiths about his debut EP – The Reptile Mind EP – which is set to be released on June 11th.

You can take a listen to the full interview right here:

As the Australian live music scene starts to open back up after the dreaded pandemic lockdown Young Henry’s are helping things along by announcing new Best Served Loud shows featuring talent including Seaside, VOIID, FANGZ and Full Flower Moon Band.

Because of that this week Dave Griffiths sat down and had a chat with the boys from FANGZ to find out what they have in store for fans and how they managed to survive the lockdown blues.

You can take a full listen to the interview right here: