A Cure For Wellness leads the new cinema releases and trailers February 24th 2017

A Cure For WellnessThis week, there are NINE new films out for you to choose from: Weirdness abound in A Cure For Wellness, Deepwater Horizon’s Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg team up again for Patriots Day, Mommy’s Xavier Dolan is back with a new engaging French drama in It’s Only the End of the World, border patrol guards in the desert have a mystery to solve in Transpecos, one of Hollywood’s favourite tropes – a film with spooky shocks – does the rounds again with Shut In, Stalin is back in 1930s Ukraine in Bitter Harvest, there’s more spooky shocks in Crawlspace, there’s acclaimed drama with epilepsy in The Fits, and Nicolas Cage and John Cusack team up again in Arsenal (aka Southern Fury).

A Cure For Wellness centres around an ambitious young executive, played by Dane DeHaan, who’s sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic, but mysterious, “wellness centre” in a remote Swiss Alps location. As the trailer gets across, once you arrive, it’s difficult to escape, hence he soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.

Directed by Gore Verbinski, who co-wrote the story with screenwriter Justin Haythe, the film also stars Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Celia Imrie, Susanne Wuest, Carl Lumbly and Adrian Schiller and I’m very intrigued by this. I assumed it was adapted from a novel, but it’s a whole new story and I’m very much looking forward to this. I can’t see it getting too many screens, though, since it’s an 18-cert and it’s a rare 18 which is given the time of day in the cinema.

Hit or Miss? Verdict:

Logan – the first official X-Men 15-certificate theatrical movie

Logan Logan is the third and (allegedly) final solo outing for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and takes places in the near future, where the aging character and the always-old Professor X (Patrick Stewart) have to protect a young female clone of Wolverine, Laura Kinney (Dafne Keen), from an evil organisation, while dark forces are afoot…

Today, it was confirmed not only that the film will be the first official X-Men 15-certificate theatrical movie, but also what the reasons were (Note that Deadpool wasn’t officially an X-Men film, while 2013’s The Wolverine was a 15-cert in its uncut form, but the cinema release was censored down to a 12-cert. Thankfully, however, when it comes to superhero films, both Deadpool and Suicide Squad showed that you CAN make a 15-cert film AND get plenty of bums on seats, as they both took the No.1 slot in the UK for three weeks in a row, and both made a ton of money worldwide.

The following (which I’ll hide with a spoiler heading) is what the BBFC have published today:

Hyper Sentinel – a new retro arcade shoot-em-up Kickstarter

Hyper Sentinel Hyper Sentinel is a forthcoming arcade shoot-em-up for ’80s retro gaming fans which has recently been launched as a Kickstarter courtesy of Rob Hewson and Andrew Hewson, who fans of videogaming back in the day will remember as Hewson Consultants, responsible for two of my all-time ZX Spectrum favourites.

For Honor on PS4 – The DVDfever Review

For Honor

For Honor is a third-person action fighting game. However, it takes many a twist to your standard entry from said genre. First of all, to play this, you must be online (similar to Tom Clancy’s The Division) even if you are partaking in the short but sweet story mode. This is a bit of a ball-ache if you have the same provider as I do and your internet likes to take sporadic days off, but in 2017 shouldn’t really be an issue for most. The online world, here, is a bit like a big game of Risk. You choose whether you want to fight as a Samurai, Viking or Knight then compete in team games, team deathmatch, duels or other missions to win that area for your faction. A risky style to the online gaming which succeeds much sweeter than I was expecting.

The Riddle of The Sphinx – Inside No.9 Series 3 Episode 3 – The DVDfever Review

The Riddle of The Sphinx

The Riddle of The Sphinx proved that The Bill wasn’t just streets ahead of the rest of the series so far, but that it has strong competition.

Based around crossword puzzles with Nina (Utopia‘s Alexandra Roach) letting herself into her professor’s study (which is room No.9, naturally), he – Professor Squires (Steve Pemberton) – is referred to as The Sphinx, and is the person who sets these puzzles in the student paper.

The Bill – Inside No.9 Series 3 Episode 2 – The DVDfever Review

The Bill

The Bill is the second episode of series 3 of Inside No.9, and if that has you wondering where the first episode went, well, that was the Christmas one.

As always, the story takes place in a building of some description with the number in place, and this is a restaurant called “number nine”, and about to close up for the night… until it comes to who’s going to pay the bill.

Dystoria on PC – The DVDfever Preview

Dystoria Dystoria is a very ’80s/retro-inspired game that’s a bit difficult to describe (and is best shown by watching footage of it), but it is a lot of fun to play.

You pilot your spacecraft along a wireframe landscape of varying colours – e.g. blue are static, while green ones move, requiring you to get from A to B via these, and moving across at the right time. It takes a bit of getting used to in terms of how your ship ‘hugs’ the landscape, but it does come in handy since if a baddie’s shouting at you, strafeing left or right can quickly get you out of harm’s way.

I Am Not A Serial Killer on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

I Am Not A Serial Killer

I Am Not A Serial Killer, so claims teenager John Wayne Cleaver (Max Records), but if that’s the case, who’s doing away with half the town, with the film first showing us a dead body being wheeled out of a building.

John certainly seems to know a lot about them, which helped when writing about Dennis Raider and Jeffrey Dahmer for school essays – along with endless chats with his best friend about them – and his therapist states he has a lot of predictors for serial killer behaviour… that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll become one, but…. 😉

SS-GB Episode 1 – The DVDfever Review – Sam Riley drama

SS-GB

SS-GB is set in an alternate past, beginning in November 1941, fourteen months after the Germans won the Battle of Britain… yes, you read that right.

Due to extreme austerity, it’s not only a time for sharing bathwater, but also sharing other things, since we first see Detective Douglas Archer (Sam Riley) sleeping with his secretary, Sylvia (Maeve Dermody), but there’s no time to a ditty about him phoning her mother because he’s gone to investigate the murder of a man called Peter Thomas, with Sgt Harry Woods (James Cosmo), where they also discover plenty of forged Luftwaffe petrol coupons. Thrown into mix is Kate Bosworth as Barbar Barga, a journalist from the New York Times, and Lars Eidinger as Dr Oskar Huth, a member of the SS and for whom Archer has to do some of his donkey work… you thought your supervisor was bad at work?!

I, Daniel Blake – Win on DVD – COMPETITION

I, Daniel Blake

DVDfever.co.uk and Entertainment One have teamed up to give you a chance to win a copy of the critically acclaimed film I, Daniel Blake on DVD, starring Dave Johns, Hayley Squires and directed by Ken Loach. The film won the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2016, as well as Outstanding British Film at the 2017 BAFTA Awards and it came third in my Top 10 Best Movies of 2016 (see video below for the whole Top 10).

There are three DVDs up for grabs in this competition!

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