Irrational Man (2015) Review

Writer and Director: Woody Allen Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 35 Mins Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Jamie Blackley, Parker Posey   Irrational Man is a sumptuously gloomy comic thriller that rides… Continue reading

The Voices (2015) Review

Director: Marjane Satrapi Screenplay: Michael R. Perry Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 43 minutes Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver  Plot: A likable guy pursues his office crush with the advice of… Continue reading

Jurassic World (2015) Review

Director: Colin Trevorrow Writers: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly Certificate: 12A  Running Time: 2hr 4 Mins Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio Plot:… Continue reading

Lost River and Ryan Gosling Q+A (2015) Review

Huge anticipation has been simmering for Ryan Gosling’s feature debut, Lost River (formerly known as ‘How to Catch a Monster’) since it premiered at Cannes last year. The initial negativity from ‘critics’ felt… Continue reading

HMZ Film’s Top 20 of 2014

HMZ Film returns with a vengeance to look back at my cinematic highlights of 2014. Here are some honourable mentions which just missed out: Only Lovers Left Alive, The Canal, Cold in July, Coherence,… Continue reading

HMZ Film joins forces with HorrorTalk, quoted on The Babadook poster and Review round-up

Earlier this summer, I was delighted to take my ongoing relationship with HorrorTalk to the next level and become a fully fledged staff writer. It’s a privilege to represent the site at various film… Continue reading

Gone Girl (2014) Review

Director: David Fincher Writer: Gillian Flynn  Certificate: 18     Running Time: 2hr 29 Mins Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry Plot: When Nick’s (Ben Affleck) wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears and becomes… Continue reading

The Guest (2014) Review

Director: Adam Wingard Writer: Simon Barrett Certificate: 15  Running Time: 1hr 39 Mins Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Sheila Kelley, Brendan Meyer, Lance Reddick Plot: A soldier (David) turns up at… Continue reading

Boyhood (2014) Review

Director and Writer: Richard Linklater Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater, Marco Perella Certificate: PG     Running Time: 2hr 45 Mins Plot: A family drama that follows a young boy,… Continue reading

Like Father, Like Son (2013) Review

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda Cast: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki, Rirî Furankî, Shôgen Hwang, Keita Ninomiya Certificate: PG     Running Time: 2hr 1 Min Plot: Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that… Continue reading

Godzilla (2014) Review

Director: Gareth Edwards Writers: Max Borenstein (screenplay) and Dave Callaham (story) Certificate: 12A    Running Time: 2hr 3 Mins Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins Plot: The king of monsters,… Continue reading

Blue Ruin: HMZ Film exclusively interviews star Macon Blair

The FIPRESCI prize winner Blue Ruin is one of the year’s stand out pieces of cinema. The film is a stark and gritty revenge thriller that satisfies the demand of genre fans whilst flirting with… Continue reading

Blue Ruin (2014) Review

Director: Jeremy Saulnier Writer: Jeremy Saulnier  Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 30 Mins Cast: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack, Eve Plumb, David W. Thompson Plot: A mysterious man’s… Continue reading

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014) Review

Director: Gareth Evans Writer: Gareth Evans Certificate: 18     Running Time: 2hr 30 Mins Cast: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Donny Alamsyah, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusodewo, Alex Abbad Plot: Set a short time… Continue reading

Noah (2014) Review

  Director: Darren Aronofsky Writers: Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel Certificate: 12A    Running Time: 2hr 18 Mins Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson Plot: A man is entrusted with the responsibility to… Continue reading

HMZ Film screams into a magazine near you!

Earlier this year I was pleased to announce that I joined the Scream Magazine team! Four HMZ Film articles have been published in the latest issue of Scream Magazine (Issue 23) which is… Continue reading

Under The Skin Q+A and Review (2014)

On March 15th 2014, HMZ Film attended a special Q+A screening of Under The Skin at the illustrious Hackney Picturehouse in East London. The screening was followed by an extensive discussion with director… Continue reading

Her (2014) Review

Director: Spike Jonze Writer: Spike Jonze Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara Certificate: 15     Running Time: 2 hr 6 Mins Plot: Set in a future world, a disenchanted writer Theodore… Continue reading

Dallas Buyers Club (2014) Review

Director: Jean Marc Valée Writers: Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 57 Mins Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner Plot: Set in 1985, electrician Ronald Woodruff is… Continue reading

HMZ Film interviews director of award winning horror film: Banshee Chapter

To celebrate the DVD release of Banshee Chapter in the UK, HMZ Film has teamed up with Intense productions to secure an exclusive interview with director, Blair Erickson. Backed by Zachary Quinto’s Before the Door Pictures… Continue reading

HMZ Film is published in UK’s number one horror entertainment magazine

  I am delighted to announce that I have been published in UK’s leading horror entertainment magazine, SCREAM. The bi-monthly publication is available now in UK HMV stores nationwide and is shipped internationally. To subscribe… Continue reading

12 Years A Slave (2014) Review

Director: Steve McQueen Writers: John Ridley (screenplay)  Solomon Northup (source material: 12 years A Slave) Certificate: 15     Running Time: 2hr 14 Mins Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyongo’o,  Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt Plot:… Continue reading

HMZ Film’s Top 10 of 2013

2013 will be remembered as a golden cinematic year which has produced a dizzying array of memorable films, many of which will go on to become classics in their respective genres. Here is… Continue reading

The Act of Killing: The Director’s Cut (2013) Review

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer Certificate: 15     Running Time: 2hr 39 Mins Plot: A documentary which challenges gangsters, who took part in the massacre of millions of  Indonesian communists during 1965-66, to re-enact their murderous actions.  In 1965, the Indonesian… Continue reading

HMZ Film exclusively interviews the creators and cast of The Borderlands

 On Saturday 2nd November at the Mayhem Film Festival in Nottingham, HMZ Film had the pleasure of sitting down with the creators and cast of sensational horror film ‘The Borderlands’ for an in… Continue reading

Gravity (2013) Review

Director: Alfonso Cuarón Writers: Alfonso Cuarón and Jonas Cuarón Certificate: 12A     Running Time: 1hr 31 Mins Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris (voice)  Plot: When a barrage of debris destroys their space shuttle, astronauts Dr Ryan Stone… Continue reading

HMZ Film attends Gravity masterclass at London Film Festival with Alfonso Cuarón and Tim Webber

On October 11th 2013, HMZ Film attended an exclusive Gravity master-class at London Film Festival with director Alfonso Cuarón and VFX supervisor Tim Webber which was hosted by critic Mark Salisbury. Coinciding with… Continue reading

HMZ Film attends Mayhem Film Festival: Reviews of The Borderlands, The Machine, Kiss of The Damned and The Demon’s Rook

On Saturday 2nd November, HMZ Film covered the Mayhem film festival in Nottingham’s Broadway cinema. An incredibly eclectic and diverse line up made for a rip-roaring descent into the shadowy realms of the… Continue reading

Captain Phillips (2013) Review

Director: Paul Greengrass Writer: Billy Ray (screenplay), Richard Phillips (source material) Certificate: 12A  Running Time: 2hr 14 Mins Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed Plot: In 2009, an American cargo… Continue reading

HMZ Film set to cover Nottingham’s Mayhem Film Festival (Preview)

On Saturday 2nd November 2013, HMZ Film will be attending the incredibly exciting Mayhem Festival at the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham.The festival is jam packed with director Q+As, exclusive previews and special guest… Continue reading