Signature Cinema & Home Releases for July

Signature Entertainment presents Dreambuilders in Cinemas nationwide July 4th

Dreambuilders

Synopsis: Inside Out  meets Monsters Inc. DREAMBUILDERS is a Pixar-esque movie full of heart and magic as we follow a young girl who can control dreams. From the animation team behind Big Hero 6 and Sherlock Holmes, this beautiful and mesmerising animation explores  the world behind dreams in which the dreambuilders create our imaginations on stage. A story full of heart and magic that the whole family will love.

The Fairy Princess & The Unicorn

Signature Entertainment presents Inheritance on Digital HD July 6th & DVD 13th July

Signature Entertainment presents Burden on DVD & Digital HD from July 6th

Signature Entertainment presents Snow Queen: Mirrorlands in Cinemas nationwide July 10th

Synopsis: Discover the dazzling story that inspired Frozen! In this magical fairy-tale a powerful king finds a way to withdraw all the magic from the world – they who master magic powers are banished to the Mirrorlands. The only one who can stop him is Gerda who, along with the Snow Queen herself, embarks on a fun-filled, frosty adventure to defeat the king and bring back warmth and magic to the hearts of people everywhere.

Signature Entertainment presents Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot on DVD & Digital HD from July 13th

Signature Entertainment presents Masters of Love on Digital HD from July 13th

Synopsis: Love is easy, relationships aren’t! Masters of Love is a funny and moving home grown look at the complications of modern love and friendship. A group of friends are at different stages in their relationships, and none of them are convinced about what they’re doing: Emmy (Sarah Ovens) and Samantha (Eleanor Fanyinka) are due to get married; Josh (Owen Roberts) and Jenifer (Lizzy Watts) are breaking up; and Niall (Ciaran Dowd) is sleeping around. A charming romantic comedy made with wit by writer director Matt Roberts.

FrightFest Presents presents Open 24 Hours on Digital HD from July 20th

Signature Entertainment presents American Fighter on Digital HD from July 20th

Synopsis: American Fighter follows desperate teenager Ali Jahani who escapes Iran after the hostage crisis and fights his way through the dangerous world of underground fighting to win money to save his ailing mother. He finds out what he’s made of in the face of these violent hungry competitors.

Signature Entertainment presents A Rainy Day in New York Blu-ray, DVD & on Digital HD from 27th July

Synopsis: Woody Allen’s romantic comedy A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK tells the story of college sweethearts, Gatsby (Timothée Chalamet) and Ashleigh (Elle Fanning), whose plans for a romantic weekend together in New York City are dashed as quickly as the sunlight turns into showers. The two are soon parted, and each has a series of chance meetings and comical adventures while on their own.

Signature Releases Hitting Streaming in July

Signature Entertainment presents Wilde on Amazon Prime July 3rd

Wilde

Synopsis: The Golden Globe nominated historical drama about the turbulent life of renowned, larger than life poet, Oscar Wilde. A perfectly cast Stephen Fry delivers a career defining performance portraying the genius playwright and the First Modern man. Also starring Jude Law, Michael Sheen, Orlando Bloom and Vanessa Redgrave, WILDE is an amazingly accurate insight into the life of one of the world’s greatest literary minds.

The Great Gilly Hopkins

Synopsis: A feisty foster kid’s outrageous scheme to be reunited with her birth mother has unintended consequences. THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS is an entertaining film for the entire family about acceptance, rejection and the importance of love. Starring Kathy BatesGlenn CloseOctavia Spencer and Julia Stiles, the film boasts remarkable performances and a message about hope and humanity which shines through.

Mother and Child

Synopsis: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening , Kerry Washington, Jimmy Smits and Samuel L. Jackson star in a moving story of three women and the power of the unbreakable bond between mother and child. Produced by Oscar winning filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez (Birdman, The Revenant), MOTHER AND CHILD is a powerful, pitch-perfect and truly beautiful film that unmasks adoption and tarnishes time-honoured taboos in an often effortless conveyance of three women’s stories.

Don’t Move

Synopsis: Penélope Cruz stars in this moving, soulful and epic tale of passionate obsession. A successful surgeon casts aside his mask of model father and husband to recall a passionate extramarital affair he had before his daughter was born. When he met a woman – a downtrodden, destitute, yet vitally alive girl by the name of Italia. An impassioned story of romance and lust that will enthral audiences.

Chatroom

Synopsis: Aaron Taylor-Jonson, Imagen Poots, Daniel Kaluuya and Richard Madden star in this all too relevant psychological thriller about the dangerous and murky world of online chat rooms. A chillingly real depiction of internet vs. real life, CHATROOM follows a disturbed teen who tries to alleviate his own misery by making others miserable. A world where anything can happen, and where violence can be very, very real.

Signature Entertainment presents Once Upon a Time in London on Amazon Prime July 10th

Synopsis: The violent reign of two of London’s most notorious gangsters, Jack ‘Spot’ Comer and Billy Hill, is grippingly brought to the big screen by visionary director Simon Rumley, in a saga of madness, mayhem and manipulation, reminiscent of British favourites Legend and Peaky Blinders. Starring Leo Gregory (Green Street), Terry Stone (Rise of the Footsoldier) and Jamie Foreman (Layer Cake).

Signature Entertainment presents Gallowwalkers on Amazon Prime July 17th

 Gallowwalkers

Synopsis: Wesley Snipes stars in this supernatural, action, western following Aman, a mysterious gunman, the son of a nun cursed by God to be haunted by all those who die by his hand. When Aman kills a gang of murderers out of revenge, the crew rises from the dead to hunt him down.

Signature Entertainment presents Cruel Intentions on Amazon Prime July 24th

Synopsis: Cruel Intentions is the much loved 1999 hit teen romantic drama written and directed by Roger Kumble and star-packed with Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair.The film is an adaptation of the novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, written by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos in 1782, but set among wealthy teenagers attending high school in New York City instead of 18th-century France.

Signature Entertainment presents We Were Soldiers on Amazon Prime July 24th

Synopsis: In 1965, 400 American troops faced an ambush by 2,000 enemy troops in the Ia Drang Valley (also known as the Valley of Death), in one of the most gruesome fights of the Vietnam War. WE WERE SOLDIERS is a powerful, moving and lasting tribute to the heart-breaking sacrifices of those fallen soldiers, starring Oscar Winner Mel Gibson and from the team behind Hacksaw Ridge and Pearl Harbor.

Signature Entertainment presents 187 on Amazon Prime July 24th

Synopsis: An intense and disturbing thriller starring Samuel  L Jackson as a teacher who, after being stabbed by a student in NYC, transfers to LA where he refuses to be labelled a victim. Capturing just a glimpse of the threat and dangers schools face with gang culture, 187 provides a chilling story of survival from acclaimed director Kevin Reynolds (Waterworld).

Signature Entertainment presents Bless the Child on Amazon Prime July 24th

Synopsis: Kim Basigner stars in this critically acclaimed edge of your seat, psychological thriller reminiscent of The Omen and The Handmaid’s Tale that will chill you to your bones. When Maggie (Basinger) suddenly becomes a mother, after her drug-addicted sister abandons her autistic newborn daughter, she quickly realises the young girl has supernatural abilities when she is kidnapped by a Satanic cult willing to do anything to gain them.  

Signature Entertainment presents Arn: Knight Templar on Amazon Prime July 24th

Synopsis: In this lavish historical epic Arn, the knightly son of a Swedish nobleman, journeys  to the Holy Land as a Knight Templar to do penance for a forbidden love. The harsh voyage carries Arn through the heart of the medieval world and into the core of brutal and bloody Crusades where he must fight to survive, guided by the faith that one day he will be reunited with his love. With an esteemed all-star cast including Bill and Stellen Skarsgard, Simon Callow and Michael Nyquist, ARN: KNIGHT TEMPLAR is a breathtaking, action packed and sweeping saga that fans of Vikings and Gladiator will love.

Signature Entertainment presents All Dogs Go To Heaven on Amazon Prime July 24th

Synopsis: A poignant and classic, masterpiece animation from acclaimed filmmaker Don Bluth and featuring the voice of Burt Reynolds. A stunning family movie about the canine criminal underworld as we follow a furry outcast, Charlie, who comes back to earth from heaven and befriends a young orphan who can speak to animals. As their friendship blossoms Charlie learns that friendship is the most heavenly gift of all.

Signature Entertainment presents The Killing Fields on Amazon Prime July 24th

Synopsis: Oscar winning historical real-life drama following a lone man’s fight for survival as he navigates the ravages and horrors of the Cambodian War which claimed the life of

over 2 million civilians. A powerful, honest, raw, and beautiful masterpiece of cinema starring John Malcovich and Sam Waterson that is considered by many one of the best films of all time.

Signature Entertainment presents Rock-A-Doodle on Amazon Prime July 24th

Synopsis: An iconic family favourite from legendary director Don Bluth featuring the voice of Oscar Winner Christopher Plummer. A contemporary take on the classic fish-out-of-water story as a rooster, who is tricked into leaving town to seek fame as an Elvis-style Las Vegas singer, teams up with a young boy and a group of barnyard animals on a magical journey to defeat the Grand Duke of Owls and raise the sun once again on his farm.

Signature Entertainment presents The Admiral on Amazon Prime July 24th

Synopsis: Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) stars as Charles II in this epic adventure about Michiel De Ruyter, a 17th century Dutch admiral, who must lead his fleet to defend his homeland from the terrorising forces of England. Get swept away with this swashbuckling story of legendary naval battles, civil war, and one of the most fearless admirals of all time!

Signature Entertainment presents Under Suspicion on Digital HD July 31 and on Amazon Prime August 3rd

Synopsis: Oscar and Golden Globe winners Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman and Monica Bellucci star in this classic crime twisty thriller. From Emmy award winning director Stephen Hopkins and the producers of Fight Club, UNDER SUSPICION follows a wealthy attorney who is accused of the murder of a 12 year old girl. Described as an “intense psychological punch-up, eye-gouging thriller” UNDER SUSPICION is regarded by many as one of the best movies of all time.

Signature Entertainment presents Muriel’s Wedding on Digital HD July 31 and on Amazon Prime August 3rd

Synopsis: A glorious, joyful, brilliant, wacky, uplifting and truly iconic comedy that just gets better with age! Toni Collette stars, who’s role as Rachel Griffiths broke her into worldwide stardom, as a young social outcast who, in a desperate bid to find happiness and love, steals money from her parents and escapes on a tropical vacation which turns her life upside down! Described as “a feminist masterpiece” and MURIEL’S WEDDING is a feel-good, must-see for absolutely everybody!

Signature Entertainment presents The Contender on Digital HD July 31 and on Amazon Prime August 3rd

Synopsis: Oscar nominated, powerful, political thriller starring Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges, Sam Elliot, Christian Slater and Joan Allen. A senior Senator’s career, who is contending for the US Vice Presidency, is threatened after false accusations about her past surface. Described as a “modern political masterpiece” and “a flawless thriller that educates, intrigues and entertains all at the same time” THE CONTENDER is a tense, twisty and very relevant thriller.

Signature Entertainment presents Taxi on Digital HD July 31 and on Amazon Prime August 3rd

Synopsis: Legendary, BAFTA winning filmmaker Luc Besson presents this classic, high-octane actioner about a taxi driver who, in order to work off his tarnished driving record, must chauffeur a police officer on the train of violent criminals. Starring Oscar and BAFTA winning actress Marion Cotillard, TAXI is a hefty slice of entertainment that is funny, fast and action packed.

Signature Entertainment presents My Life Without Me on Digital HD July 31 and on Amazon Prime August 3rd

Synopsis: An emotional, beautiful, poignant and critically acclaimed drama that will stay with you long after the credits roll about a young woman who conceals her terminal cancer so she can live her life with a passion she never had before. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Scott Speedman and Sarah Polley, MY LIFE WITHOUT ME is a dignified, heartfelt drama that wounds on the inside where the scars feel fresh for some time after the credits roll.

Black Box (2020) Movie Review

Director: Angel Delgado

Writer: Angel Delgado, Ben Edmundson (Screenplay)

Starring: Garry Graham-Smith, Kerry Ely, Simon Parker

Plot: A sci-fi thriller about the only survivor of an accident in space, trapped in an escape pod and attempting to return to Earth alive.


Tagline – A one-location sci-fi thriller set in space

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Intense Thriller

Story: Black Box starts when Marcus Tyco (Graham-Smith) wakes up in an escape pod, spiralling out of control in space, injured, with his memory gone and no experience dealing with space travel, Marcus turns to the control station on Earth where Sarah is trying to guide his through the solution to get back into control the escape.

Getting help from Ray and Sarah, Marcus looks to find a way to rescue his friend in another escape pod, before returning to Earth, trying to do the right thing along the way.

Thoughts on Black Box

Characters – Marcus is the man in the escape pod, he is injured, he can’t remember everything from his life before the pod and is spiralling out of control, he must take advice from Earth in an attempt to try and stay alive and make it home, while dealing with his own ideas of how he could save more people along the way. He does lack the experience to be on the mission alone, with only small memories helping him with his former training. Sarah is one of the technicians trying to help Marcus find a way home, she befriends him, being the voice that motivates him to hold on to hope. Ray is the senior technician that will give the best advice, even if he wants the black box back to Earth just as much as Marcus.

PerformancesGarry Graham-Smith is the only on screen appearance in the film, he does a good job through the film, dealing with the claustrophobic atmosphere his character is trapped in, with the voice actors working very well with Garry.

StoryThe story here follows a man that has become trapped in an escape pod spiralling out of control, where he needs rescuing if he is to make it back to Earth alive, we follows the man Marcus getting advice along the way, as he looks to survive the odds. This story does have a blend of Gravity and Buried, with the lone person requiring help to survive, we do get ideas with can be seen as riskier along the way, even if the slow approach could well have been best option. The conversations play out as they need to learn from the situations to solve the problems, while escaping from the bigger budget elements we might need to have seen leading to the reason for being in the escape pod. The story does have a couple of moments that could be seen as more filled, when it comes to the personal conversations, but otherwise it plays out very well.

Sci-FiThe film uses the idea that our character Marcus is trapped in space, to show the sci-fi elements involved, as we get into the technical side of everything involved in the film.

SettingsThe film is set inside the pod, we get the claustrophobic feeling from being trapped here, in the middle of space, with little chance of rescue unless procedure is followed.


Scene of the Movie – Final act.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The personal conversations aren’t the most interesting for the most part.

Final Thoughts This is a sci-fi film that does ask the big questions about how to survive an escape pod in space, once things start to go wrong, this does have the claustrophobic feel throughout, which is carried by the strong performance from Garry Graham-Smith.

Overall: Claustrophobic Thriller.