Since I don’t get to the cinema to see new releases that often anymore, this is my new weekly feature reviewing the latest releases on Sky Cinema Premiere (and in turn, Now TV). I will write a short review and rating for each of the films that I have watched and then give you the details for the ones that I didn’t get a chance to see.
Sky Cinema Premiere add a new film onto their channel every single day. This week’s feature sees the release of The Devil’s Doorway, Unlovable, The High Frontier, Victor Crowley, Ocean’s 8, Woody Woodpecker, and Gloves Off. Let’s have a look and see what’s worth watching this week.
18th February – The Devil’s Doorway
Synopsis: Catholic fathers Thomas Riley and John Thornton are sent by the Vatican to investigate an incident of a statue of the Virgin Mary weeping blood at a church-run home for fallen women. However, they discover a pregnant young woman chained up in a solitary cell. The mystery deepens further when it’s revealed that she’s still a virgin and has the ability to speak ancient Greek.
Director: Aislinn Clarke
Cast: Lalor Roddy, Ciaran Flynn, Helena Bereen, Lauren Coe, Dearbhail Lynch, and Carleen Melaugh
19th February – Unlovable
Synopsis: Lovelorn Joy enrols in a 12-step programme for sex and love addiction where she finds support in fellow recovering addict Maddie. When she offers Joy her grandmother’s guesthouse as a place to live, Joy finds a drum kit that belonged to Maddie’s reclusive brother. Things start looking up.
Director: Suzi Yoonessi
Cast: Charlene deGuzman, John Hawkes, Melissa Leo, Paul James, Ellen Geer, Jake McDorman, and Gigette Reyes
20th February – The High Frontier (Na granicy)
Synopsis: No-nonsense dad Mateusz and his two sons – teenage Janek and the younger Tomek – travel to a small mountain cabin for a male-bonding adventure on the snowy Polish/Ukraine border. When a mysterious stranger arrives at the cabin, their outing turns into a struggle for survival. In Polish with English subs.
Director: Wojciech Kasperski
Cast: Andrzej Chyra, Bartosz Bielenia, Kuba Henriksen, and Marcin Dorocinski
21st February – Victor Crowley
Synopsis: Ten years after the Honey Island Swamp massacre involving the resurrected spirit of Victor Crowley, Andrew is hoping to shed his legacy as the last survivor to see the monster by writing a book, but he finds himself back on the island with a film crew. They accidentally revive the killer through YouTube voodoo, bringing him back from the dead to kill again.
Director: Adam Green
Cast: Kane Hodder, Parry Shen, Laura Ortiz, Dave Sheridan, Krystal Joy Brown, and Felissa Rose
22nd February – Ocean’s 8
Synopsis: Master thief Debby Ocean emerges from the slammer and immediately plots a daring job – stealing a $150m Cartier necklace from the neck of a celebrity at the New York Met’s annual gala. Joining her are a sisterhood of female criminals including old comrade-in-crime, Lou, a rasta-hatted hacker and a street-smart grifter.
Director: Gary Ross
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, and Rihanna
Review: I didn’t realise we needed a female Ocean’s film until I saw this. I was surprised by how well it worked! I love how nothing was questioned; these women do exactly the same as what the men did but their capabilities and abilities aren’t doubted. They have the same bravado and impulses yet it is also a very feminine film without being girlish. It’s just handled really well, and the amazing cast help to really pull off not just an exciting heist, but a film that could have really embarrassed the female population if it were messed up.
23rd February – Woody Woodpecker
Synopsis: Mouthy former lawyer Lance plans to build a dream home for his trophy wife Brittany and his estranged teenage son Tommy. However, the site he’s chosen is a protected area and one of the residents is stubborn Woody Woodpecker who is determined to protect his pitch.
Director: Alex Zamm
Cast: Eric Bauza, Timothy Omundson, Graham Verchere, Jordana Largy, Thaila Ayala, and Adrian Glynn McMorran
24th February – Gloves Off
Synopsis: Down-on-his-luck fighter Doug needs a cash windfall to save the debt-laden boxing club he runs. He hits on the idea of entering an opponent in a lucrative bare-knuckle gypsy content. As his champion, he chooses to train a gentle giant, the uncle of a teenager who’s begun training at the gym.
Director: Steven Nesbit
Cast: Brad Moore, Greg Orvis, Ricky Tomlinson, Paul Barber, Denise Van Outen, Laurie Kynaston, and Alexei Sayle