Approved Movies

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28 Days Later – Danny Boyle’s immensely popular viral outbreak film. One of the few mainstream films that I have reviewed and my third favourite horror film of all time. This gem of a budget-zombie film was a great introduction to Boyle’s work for most, and also introduced the wider public to the acting excellence of Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins, Red Eye and Inception).

4th Man Out – Comedy about a man who comes out as gay to his best friends.

52 Tuesdays – Australian film about of a mother who reveals to her daughter that she intends on becoming a man.

61* – The story of the race to beat Babe Ruth’s home run record between Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. Starring Barry Pepper (Green Mile and Battlefield : Earth) and Thomas Jane (Deep Blue Sea and The Predator).

A

A Dark Song – Unsettling Irish horror movie about a man and woman who try to communicate with the dead.

Antisocial – Clever horror about people getting infected with a mental illness when using too much social media. Takes a few interesting turns here and there and kept me guessing.

At First Sight – Mira Sorvino (Romy and Michelle’s High School Musical) and Val Kilmer (Willow, Heat and Top Gun) play lovers who deal with the latter’s blindness and the subsequent aftermath of an operation to restore his sight.

B

Before I Wake – Jacob Tremblay’s (Room and The Predator) dreams come to life, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing as it also brings his nightmares into the real world.

Being Canadian – Famous Canadians explore what it means to from their homeland and how the rest of the world views them.

Being Charlie – A recovering drug addict struggles with love at a rehab clinic, but as usual with addicts that distraction of love is only a temporary block and results in dire consequences. Stars Nick Robinson (Love, Simon and Jurassic World) and Cary Elwes (Saw and Robin Hood : Men in Tights).

Best in Show – Mockumentary about the lengths some people will go to to win a dog pageant.

Bite – A woman is bitten by an insect and slowly starts turning into one.

Blackfish – Documentary film about the killer whale Tilikum.

Black Sheep – New Zealand made horror-comedy about people battling genetically modified sheep. Things turn even weirder when the bites from the sheep turn the victims into sheep themselves.

Black Sea – Jude Law (Gattaca, King Arthur and Enemy at the Gates) plots to take revenge on his former employers but stealing a horde of gold from a Nazi submarine.

Boy Meets Girl – Transgender related romantic comedy in which the central character starts a relationship with a new girl in town, much to the disappointment of her best friend.

C

Captain Fantastic – Perfect film about a man who has raised his family in the woods, but they are soon forced to enter normal society to attend the funeral of their mother.

The film stars Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings and A History of Violence), George Mackay (Secret of Marrowbone) and Frank Langella (Cutthroat Island) MY FILM OF THE YEAR FOR 2016

Circle – 50 people wake up and are killed one by one every two minutes and they need to decide who needs to be saved, all while trying to save themselves.

Closet Monster – A young man tries to figure out what he wants whilst living with his homophobic dad.

Copenhagen – A young man travels to Denmark to search for his father, but also falls in love with an underage girl whilst there.

Cube – Canadian psychological thriller about people imprisoned in a booby-trapped maze. Remarkably low budget but that doesn’t stop one of the best claustrophobic films on this list.

D

Denial – Rachel Weisz (The Mummy) and Timothy Spall (various Harry Potter films) in a film about trying to prove that the holocaust happened.

E

Edge of Seventeen – A teenage girl struggles to deal with her non-existent problems with her friends, brother and love life.

This coming-of-age tale stars Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) in the lead role, supported by Woody Harrelson (Kingpin, War of the Planet of the Apes and Zombieland) and Blake Jenner (Everybody Wants Some and American Animals).

Elevator – Guests to a party find themselves trapped in an elevator with a bomb that’s set to go off any minute. Even a child actor can’t ruin it.

Eleven – Short horror film about a man that is transformed into a woman against his will. Features one of the best transformation scenes I’ve ever seen.

Exam – British psychological thriller with Colin Salmon (Resident Evil and various James Bond films) and Jimmy Mistry (2012). Eight candidates that are invited to a job interview and have to answer a question, but the problem is that they don’t know the question.

Extinction – Post apocalytic film about a group of three people that must unite to fight off some zombie/vampire creatures. Features Matthew Fox (TV’s Lost)

Exit Humanity – Civil-war era zombie film that became the first film that I reviewed for this site. It’s far more than just a generic zombie film as it also deals with the main character’s struggles to deal with the situation.

Freaked – Keanu Reeves (The Matrix and John Wick) and Alex Winter’s (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure) comedy about forced mutation.

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Ghostline – Horror about a couple that moves into a house that is haunted by a poltergeist.

Ginger Snaps – Macabre masterpiece based on a girl’s transformation into a werewolf. This was one of my favourite films growing up and a true reflection of life for social outcasts (by choice) in school

Features Katherine Isabelle (Freddy vs Jason) in the title role and is a truly underrated horror classic.

Gleason – Documentary about a former American Footballer who develops ALS at the same time his wife gets pregnant.

Green Inferno – Eli Roth (Cabin Fever and Inglorious Basterds) horror film about a group of political activists who crash in the Amazon and are taken hostage by cannibals.

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He Never Died – Misanthropic horror-comedy starring Henry Rollins.

Hearts Beat Loud – A father and daughter start a band that become popular just before she is due to leave for college. Stars Nick Offerman (TV’s Parks and Recreation, and The Founder).

Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Musical about a transgendered rock star seeking revenge against former protege that not only broke her heart, but became famous from her songs.

Hidden – Emotionally charged and tense post-apocalyptic masterpiece with a great twist.

Holidays – Anthology style film in which a horror story unravels on each of the major holidays around the world.

Honeyglue – Surprisingly fresh take on young love between a cross-dresser and brain tumour sufferer.

Hunting Venus – Members of a 1980s pop group reform for one last performance, reunites the cast of the TV show “Men Behaving Badly”

Hush – An interesting game of cat and mouse between a serial killer and a deaf woman. Features John Gallagher Jr (Belko Experiment, 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Miseducation of Cameron Post) as the killer.

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I Am Michael – James Franco (128 Hours, The Disaster Artist and This Is The End) portrays a real life man who went from gay-activists to pastor.

Impossible is Just An Opinion – Documentary reviewing Lincoln City FC’s 2016/17 season. As a Lincoln City fan I can’t help but love this, and it certainly helps that I actually helped make it and my name is officially in the credits.

During the season the Imps gained worldwide recognition due to an incredible run in the FA Cup, but the return to the Football League after a six year absence was the main story as far as Imps fans were concerned.

Irrational Man – Woody Allen’s story about a philosopher who gets over a depression byplanning to kill a judge. Stars Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator, Her and Mary Magdalene) and Emma Stone (La La Land, Amazing Spiderman and Birdman)

 

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J’ai tué ma mère – Xavier Dolan’s amazing look into a difficult relationship between a mother and her gay son.

Jason and the Argonauts – 1963 stop-motion classic about the Greek myth of Jason and the golden fleece.

Journeyman – A boxer suffers a life changing injury post-match and struggles to keep his family together.

Just Charlie – British movie about a teen who turns down the chance to play professional football, instead choosing to become a girl.

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Killer Joe – Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club and Wolf on Wall Street) is a sociopath who is hired to kill Emile Hirsch’s (Milk and Alpha Dog) mother. It also features Juno Temple giving a blow job to a piece of fried chicken.

Krull – Classic 1980s adventure about a prince trying to rescue his bride.

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Lars and the Real Girl – Ryan Gosling (La La Land, Remember the Titans and Notebook) loves a sex doll, as you do.

Last Days in the Desert – Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, I Love You Phillip Morris and various Star Wars films) is plays Jesus in his final few days in the desert.

Little Boy – The story of a boy who believes his newly discovered powers can bring his World War II bound father home.

Lost After Dark – Delightful homage to 1980s slasher flicks that keeps surprising you.

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Match – Patrick Stewart (various Star Trek and X-Men films) stars as a dancer who receives a visit from a man claiming to be his son.

Mean Dreams – One of Bill Paxton’s (Aliens, Twister and Titanic) final films before his death. He plays an abusive father trying to track down his daughter and her new boyfriend after they steal money.

Men and Chicken – Mads Mikkelsen’s (Dr Strange, Casino Royale and Clash of the Titans) Danish comedy about five brothers that realise that there is more about their DNA than simply having a mother and father.

Mystery, Alaska – Ice hockey based film with Russell Crowe (Gladiator, Robin Hood and LA Confidential) leading an amateur team against the New York Rangers. Heartwarming film and a genuine look about a community coming together.

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Normal – Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, The Full Monty and Valkyrie) tells his family that he is planning on getting a sex change.

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Pet – Dominic Monaghan (TV’s Lost, Lord of the Rings and X-Men Origins : Wolverine) kidnaps a girl and locks her in a cage, but who is the real prisoner in this situation?

Powder – A tale about an albino man who can control and manipulate electricity. Features Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day and Thor : Ragnarok) in a supporting role.

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[REC] – Incredible Spanish horror film of people trapped in a building an infection.

[REC]2 – Sequel in which a SWAT team go into the building from the first film

Rehearsal For Murder – Early Jeff Goldblum (The Fly, Earth Girls are Easy and Jurassic Park : The Lost World) film about a man trying to find out who killed his fiancee.

Resident Evil – The original (and in my opinion best, although that’s faint praise) of the live action film franchise based on the games)

Resident Evil : Damnation : Animated horror film that follows Leon Kennedy (from the games) in a mission around Europe, and despite strolling quite far from the canon of the games, it’s still rather good.

Rudderless – Brilliant comedy-drama about a man who tries to get over the death of his son by starting a rock band. Stars Billy Crudup (Watchmen and Alien : Covenant) and Anton Yelchin (Various Star Trek films and Fright Night).

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Silent Hill – Live action movie based on the popular computer game franchise.

Sing Street — Irish romantic comedy set in the 1980s about a schoolboy that lies about having a band in order to impress a girl. Whilst this was little-known at the time, this has gone on to be an international hit.

Southbound – Excellent anthology movie about several groups of people travelling around in rural America, all encountering oddities that unite then in unusual ways)

Stitches – Horror comedy about a clown who comes back from the dead to kill kids that caused his death.

Swiss Army Man – An exceptional film about a man who befriends a corpse. The movie is about more than just that though as it looks at friendship and loneliness.

Features Daniel Radcliffe (The Harry Potter franchise and Horns) and Paul Dano (12 Years a Slave and Looper) as the leads.

Suburban Gothic – Unusual comedy horror film about a man who can communicate with the dead.

Suicide Theory – A humble masterpiece about a man who can’t die and his relationship with the man he hires to kill him. A great example of Australian cinema.

Summer of Blood – Remarkable film about a socially inept man who is then turned into a vampire.

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Tangerine – Comedy/drama filmed on an iPhone about a day in the lives of two transgendered prostitutes.

Terminal – Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead and the Mission Impossible franchise) and Margot Robbie (Wolf on Wall Street and Suicide Squad) star in a twist filled tale set in neon-filled London.

Thanatomorphose – A woman finds that her body is rotting away but all she cares about is having sex.

Thank You and Sorry – A scripted-reality style documentary about Bleachers, an American indie band.

The 33 – Rodrigo Santoro (300, Jane Got a Gun and TV’s Lost) and Antonio Banderas (From Dusk Til Dawn and The Skin I Live In) star in a film based on the 2010 Chilean mine collapse.

The 300 Spartans – 1962 film about the battle of Thermopylae, later remade as “300”

The Autospy of Jane Doe – Morticians do an autospy on a woman that turns out to be a witch, what could possibly go wrong?

The Blackcoat’s Daughter – Interesting and humble horror movie starring Emma Roberts (Nerve) and Lucy Boynton (Sing Street and Murder on the Orient Express).

The Cottage – Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, Black Panther and The Prestige) in enjoyable British horror about a pair of brothers who try to kidnap their bosses daughter, but it turns out that there is more to the kidnap site than they think)

The Day – Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings and X Men Origins : Wolverine) and Shawn Ashmore (X-Men franchise and Frozen) fight off a group of cannibals.

The End of the Tour – A very wordy film about depression and loneliness starring Jason Segal (I Love You, Man and TV’s How I Met Your Mother) and Jesse Eisenberg (Batman vs Superman and The Social Network) as a pair of writers that are trying to learn from each other.

The Fly – 1986 classic featuring Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Way and The Grand Budapest Hotel) as a scientist who becomes genetically fused with a fly, and subsequently turns into a human-fly hybrid.

The Ghostmaker –  Friends find a coffin that can turn them into ghosts for a few minutes.

The Great White Hype – An all-star cast appears in this film about boxing that deals with race and manipulation. Features Samuel L. Jackson (The Marvel franchise, Pulp Fiction and Deep Blue Sea), Damon Wayans (Blankman, Celtic Pride and The Last Boy Scout) and many other recognisable faces.

The Hallow – Horror film about a family that moves from London to Ireland and end up fighting off demons.

The Hunt – Emotionally engaging Danish film starring Mads Mikkelson (Clash of the Titans, Dr Strange and Casino Royale) as a man who is falsely accused of paedophilia against his best friend’s daughter.

This is an excellent and emotionally charged movie. It is incredibly difficult to watch because of the subject matter, but it is simply a great feat of storytelling. You won’t see better than this in terms of pure emotion.

The Interview – Australian thriller with Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, Lord of the Rings and Priscilla : Queen of the Desert) in a cat-and-mouse form of questioning about a murder.

The Last of Us : Alone – Excellently made short film based on the game

The Last of Us : No Escape – Another excellent short film, this time a group finds themselves quickly dwindling as the infected rush in.

The Loved Ones – A gem of torture-porn from Australia. The story focuses on a girl who decides to torture the object of her affections after he says no to her going to the prom with him.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick Ass and If I Stay) is sent of a gay conversion therapy camp against her will, but is not alone in her disgust at the attempt at changing people.

The Program – Lance Armstrong biopic staring Ben Foster (30 Days of Night and Hell or High Water), Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy and The Hobbbit) and Jesse Plemons (Game Night and TV’s Breaking Bad)

The Salvaltion – Western in which Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt, Dr Strange and Casino Royale) takes revenge on the killers of his wife and son, only to then himself be hunted down as a murderer.

The Thing (1982) – John Carpenter’s classic about aliens and paranoia. Kurt Russell (Guardians of the Galaxy, Escape from New York and The Poseidon Adventure) leads the cast in what is often described as one of the best remakes in history.

Tom à la ferme – Xavier Dolan masterpiece about a man who starts developing Stockholm syndrome.

Tormented – British horror about students who are killed off by the ghost of someone they bullied.

Train to Busan – South Korean zombie film set on a train. Surprisingly very good.

Treasure Island – Charlton Heston (Planet of the Apes) and Christian Bale (American Psycho, The Dark Knight and Rescue Dawn) take arguably the best ever adaption of the classic novel.

Truth – True story about the aftermath of a newspaper article accusing George Bush of lying about his military service. Features many recognisable and well known faces.

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Victoria – A German film set in real time about a girl who gets more than she expected on a night out. Filmed in a single take.

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Would You Rather – A group of individuals are invited to a dinner in which they can win money, but little do they realise that it will involve self-mutilation.

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Z for Zachariah – Post apocalyptic love triangle staring Margot Robbie (Wolf on Wall Street and Suicide Squad), Chris Pine (Star Trek and Hell or High Water) and Chiwetel Ejifor (12 Years a Slave and Dr Strange).

Zerophilia – Comedy about a teen who changes gender every time he becomes sexually aroused.

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