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Category: Movie & Theatre Reviews

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DVD REVIEW: CINEMA PARADISO

DVD REVIEW: CINEMA PARADISO

| 4 June 2017 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: CINEMA PARADISO Writer/director Giuseppe Tornatore Starring Phillippe Noiret, Enza Cannavale, Antonella Attili Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Arrow Films’ beautiful remastering of both the theatrical and director’s cut of this Italian cinematic classic is stunning. It follows famous filmmaker Salvatore, who returns to the small village he was raised in for the first […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: A DOG’S PURPOSE

MOVIE REVIEW: A DOG’S PURPOSE

| 4 June 2017 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: A DOG’S PURPOSE Directed by Lasse Hallström From the novel by Bruce Cameron Starring Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, KJ Apa, Britt Robertson Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Bailey is a gorgeous, rambunctious golden retriever pup determined to discover his purpose – why is he here? “Was having fun the […]

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DVD REVIEW: THE BURNINGMOORE DEATHS

DVD REVIEW: THE BURNINGMOORE DEATHS

| 24 May 2017 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: THE BURNINGMOORE DEATHS Cleopatra/MVD Directed by Jonathan Williams Starring Geoff Tate Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 5/10 The Burningmoore Deaths (or The Burningmoore Incident as it is also known) stars former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate as serial killer James Parrish, a man who suddenly snapped one day and killed his wife and three children. […]

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DVD/BLU RAY REVIEW: CRISS CROSS

DVD/BLU RAY REVIEW: CRISS CROSS

| 22 May 2017 | Reply

DVD/BLU RAY REVIEW: CRISS CROSS Shock Entertainment Directed by Robert Siodmak Starring Burt Lancaster, Yvonne DeCarlo, Dan Duryea Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 There’s no honour amongst thieves, they say – and when Steve Thompson (Burt Lancaster) starts fooling around with his ex Anna Dundee (Yvonne DeCarlo), he finds her gangster husband Slim Dundee (Dan […]

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CD/DVD REVIEW: ULI JON ROTH – Tokyo Tapes Revisited

CD/DVD REVIEW: ULI JON ROTH – Tokyo Tapes Revisited

| 8 May 2017 | Reply

CD/DVD REVIEW: ULI JON ROTH – Tokyo Tapes Revisited UDR 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 1978’s Tokyo Tapes marked the end of Uli Jon Roth’s tenure with Scorpions after four ground-breaking studio albums in consecutive years, his guitar playing an enticing mixture of classical and progressive, taking the band from nobodys outside of Germany, […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 2

MOVIE REVIEW: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 2

| 24 April 2017 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 2 Directed by James Gunn Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 When a film is so big, so successful (artistically and commercially), such a huge budgeted extravaganza, and as universally loved as Guardians Of The Galaxy – even the damned […]

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CD/DVD REVIEW: ROY ORBISON: BLACK & WHITE NIGHT 30

CD/DVD REVIEW: ROY ORBISON: BLACK & WHITE NIGHT 30

| 19 April 2017 | Reply

CD/DVD REVIEW: ROY ORBISON: BLACK & WHITE NIGHT 30 Sony March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 For the thirtieth anniversary of Roy Orbison’s Black & White Night all-star television special, the entire package has been revisited from scratch: all footage from every camera originally used has been re-edited; the sound is immaculate; liner notes […]

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DVD/BLU RAY: FLETCH and FLETCH LIVES

DVD/BLU RAY: FLETCH and FLETCH LIVES

| 13 April 2017 | Reply

DVD/BLU RAY: FLETCH and FLETCH LIVES Directed by Michael Ritchie Starring Chevy Chase, Shock Entertainment March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 and 7/10   Chevy Chase is at his best playing newspaper reporter Irwin ‘Fletch’ Fletcher, donning aliases and disguises almost as fast as he deadpans quips and one-liners while trying to get to […]

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DVD REVIEW: ÄNGELBY

DVD REVIEW: ÄNGELBY

| 13 April 2017 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: ÄNGELBY Starring Mia Skäringer, Göran Ragnerstam, Joel Spira Shock Entertainment March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 ÄNGELBY comes from the same Swedish broadcasters that brought us The Bridge and Jordskott, and it is an intriguing mixture of crime thriller, small town drama, and supernatural mystery. Mia Skäringer stars as Vera, […]

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DVD REVIEW: THE JERK

DVD REVIEW: THE JERK

| 28 March 2017 | Reply

DVD/BLU RAY REVIEW: THE JERK Shock Entertainment, March 2017 Directed by Carl Reiner Starring Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 This story of Navin, a man unburdened by the weight of intelligence, who has grown up dirt poor in Mississippi as the (unwittingly, even though he is white) adopted son of a […]

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DVD REVIEW: SERIAL MOM

DVD REVIEW: SERIAL MOM

| 28 March 2017 | Reply

DVD/BLU RAY REVIEW: SERIAL MOM Shock Entertainment – March 2017 Writer/Director John Waters Starring Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Mathew Lillard Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Kathleen Turner is a camp, murderous delight in John Waters’ twisted parody that brings the world of perfectly happy suburbia and serial killers colliding together in […]

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DVD REVIEW: SAD VACATION – The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy

DVD REVIEW: SAD VACATION – The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy

| 22 March 2017 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: SAD VACATION – The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy MVD Entertainment Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 I don’t know about a ‘sad vacation’, but the rapid junk-fuelled spiral into the abyss by Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen once they arrived in New York in 1978 was certainly a sad waste. It’s easy, […]

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DVD REVIEW: MY WAY

DVD REVIEW: MY WAY

| 9 March 2017 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: MY WAY MVD Entertainment November 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 My Way is billed as a “Kick ass girl rockumentary,” and follows the journey to find rock n’ roll fame of Rebekah Starr. A university qualified professional, Starr chooses rock over a flagging marriage and a boring job, and embarks on a […]

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DVD REVIEW: THE TUBES – The Musikladen Concert 1981

DVD REVIEW: THE TUBES – The Musikladen Concert 1981

| 9 March 2017 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: THE TUBES – The Musikladen Concert 1981 MVD July 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 The Tubes were always unique – half theatrical punk rock, half new wave hit makers, they hit their commercial peak in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. This ninety minute live set from Germany shows them at their […]

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DVD REVIEW: REAL DETECTIVE Season One

DVD REVIEW: REAL DETECTIVE Season One

| 9 March 2017 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: REAL DETECTIVE Season One Shock Entertainment December 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 With crime procedurals ubiquitous nowadays – think NCIS, Law & Order, Criminal Minds, et al – it’s refreshing to see a new twist on the format. In Real Detective, each episode focuses on a true life detective’s case – usually […]

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DVD REVIEW: JEKYLL & HYDE Season 1

DVD REVIEW: JEKYLL & HYDE Season 1

| 9 March 2017 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: JEKYLL & HYDE Season 1 Shock Entertainment November 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic 1880’s tale of good versus evil is given a sexy and stylish 1930’s revamp in this Charlie Higson-helmed series starring Tom Bateman as the titular Doctor who has inherited his Grandfather’s violent alter-ego. Here, Jekyll […]

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CD & DVD REVIEW: BRAD PAISLEY – Live Amplified World Tour

CD & DVD REVIEW: BRAD PAISLEY – Live Amplified World Tour

| 27 February 2017 | Reply

CD & DVD REVIEW: BRAD PAISLEY – Live Amplified World Tour MVD Visual December 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Multi-platinum country artist Brad Paisley recorded this impressive live album and film at the West Virginia University in front of a 30,000-strong home-town crowd, and it captures him on stunning form. Things get off to […]

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MOVIEW REVIEW: HIDDEN FIGURES

MOVIEW REVIEW: HIDDEN FIGURES

| 16 February 2017 | Reply

MOVIEW REVIEW: HIDDEN FIGURES Directed by Theodore Melfi Starring Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Here in 2017 a film about racial and sexual discrimination in 1961 SHOULD be an illuminating glimpse into a less enlightened time. Sadly, instead, it is ringing […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: TRAINSPOTTING 2

MOVIE REVIEW: TRAINSPOTTING 2

| 16 February 2017 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: TRAINSPOTTING 2 Directed by Danny Boyle Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 More than twenty years after Danny Boyle’s iconic blend of junkie squalor, drug allure and cutting edge tunes, based on Irvine Welsh’s novel, comes another look into the lives of […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: A STREETCAT NAMED BOB

MOVIE REVIEW: A STREETCAT NAMED BOB

| 16 February 2017 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: A STREETCAT NAMED BOB Directed by Roger Spottiswoode Starring Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Those familiar with James Bowen’s best-selling memoir already know that this tale of a homeless, recovering junkie, is a lot more ‘feel good’ than such a thing has […]

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