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Cas Harlow

Cas Harlow works as the movie review coordinator for AVForums and is responsible for all the cinema, streaming, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray content. He also organises the movie coverage, PR screenings, PR discs and competitions, and produces reviews and articles for the site, as well as participating in the podcasts.

Cas has been reviewing movie content and discs for over 20 years, is an avid film buff and is our resident movies expert, having reviewed several thousand titles both on the Big and Small Screen, across DVD, HD DVD, Blu-ray and now Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Cas is also a non-practising Barrister and practicing Solicitor and has a degree in Electronic Engineering and a Postgrad in Law.

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    Guardians of the Galaxy 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Avengers meets Star Wars for some Indy-flavoured full-throttle sci-fi-western-fantasy hi-jinks in the vein of Whedon’s Serenity. Still one of the biggest surprises in the MCU pantheon, Guardians finally goes 4K.  
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    Frozen II 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Six long years later and this sequel proves worth the wait - not quite matching the wonder of the first but providing a magical new adventure nonetheless, and looking and sounding absolutely stunning in 4K with Atmos.  
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    Military Wives Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The true-life tale of the Military Wives band gets the Pitch Perfect treatment in this feel good drama that hits Early Access Premium Rental this week.  
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    Le Mans '66 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Christian Bale and Matt Damon blaze a trail in James Mangold's electric underdog drama, paying tribute to racing legends Miles and Shelby, and working up a storm in 4K with Atmos.  
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    Disney Plus Top 10 Things You Can't Miss

    by Cas Harlow
    Disney Plus lands and we look at some of the highlights of this streaming service, which has actually opened at a fortuitous time for those in need of some escape from self-isolation.  
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    Emma Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Another Early Access Premium Rental, Emma lands on streaming, delivering a sharply satirical and whimsically witty reworking with The Witch's Anya Taylor-Joy on fabulous form.  
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    Netflix's Dare Me Season 1 TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    A slightly darker variant on Netflix's Spinning Out, here the focus is cheerleaders rather than ice skaters, but the competition is no less fierce, and the obsession no less dangerous.  
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    Apple TV+'s The Banker Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Apple TV+'s first movie sees Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson attempt to right some wrongs in backwards 60s Texas, just about balancing sobering true-tale drama with a more frivolous heist movie tempo.  
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    The Hunt Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Released on Early Access Premium Rental, GLOW's Betty Gilpin has a mad blast channelling Jodie Comer in Killing Eve in this satirical action comedy horror Trump-trumping reworking of Hard Target / The Most Dangerous Game.  
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    Amazon's The Professor and the Madman Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Amazon picks up the messy, shot-in-2016 film whose tale of the impossible task of bringing the Oxford English Dictionary into existence is ironically mirrored by the film's own 20 years of production woes.  
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    Netflix's Altered Carbon: Resleeved Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Few will disagree that season 2 of Altered Carbon didn't quite live up to its predecessor, leaving this action-packed future-tech anime room to reset the balance.  
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    Westworld Season 3: The New World TV Show Premiere Review

    by Cas Harlow
    After two non-linear seasons on the park, the 'artificials' take to the real world to cause havoc, with HBO's Westworld successfully reinventing its ideas for a broader scope, assuming this isn't just another illusion...  
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    Netflix's Kingdom Season 2 TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Netflix's gripping period zombie show returns for a highly anticipated second series which somehow manages to be even more intense.  
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    Netflix's The Lost Girls Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Netflix's latest doesn't really know what it wants to be, and would have likely worked far better as a documentary than a frustratingly open-ended dramatisation.  
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    Apple TV+'s Amazing Stories Season 1 TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    This Spielberg-produced revival of the Spielberg-written 80s series affords a warmer and more hopeful alternative to the likes of Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone.  
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    Superman: Red Son Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Superman gets an innovative Russian makeover in this Elseworlds spin, although some of the changes to Mark "Kick Ass" Millar's source material lessen the impact.  
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    Sky's War of the Worlds Season 1 TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    This Fox/Studiocanal effort puts a contemporary spin on the War of the Worlds invasion premise, and is likely to attract your interest slightly better than its BBC counterpart.  
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    Netflix's Spenser Confidential Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Director Peter Berg and go-to star Mark Wahlberg take their schtick to Netflix for another generic waste of potentially decent source material.  
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    Doctor Sleep 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    40 years after The Shining, Doctor Sleep delivers the impossible: a superbly atmospheric and disconcertingly creepy sequel to the 1980 classic and also an adaptation of King's sequel to the original book, earning a spectacular 4K release and a three hour director's cut, albeit not in 4K.  
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    Terminator: Dark Fate 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    With all the lowered expectations from previously being burned, Dark Fate should come as a mostly pleasant surprise; a competent, tense and aggressive Terminator sequel, and one which looks stunning and sounds thunderous in 4K with Atmos.  
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    Netflix's Altered Carbon Season 2 TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Netflix returns for a second season of one of their strongest sci-fi properties, adapting further tales of re-sleeved rebel warrior Takeshi Kovacs, this time played by Falcon's Anthony Mackie, uncovering more mysteries in the future-tech dystopian Blade Runner-esque landscape.  
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    Dark Waters Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Mark Ruffalo excels in this compelling true story underdog tale of one lawyer who chose to stand up to the big corporation polluting a county - and a country.  
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    Color Out of Space Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Dust Devil's Richard Stanley directs his first film in a quarter of a century, adapting H. P. Lovecraft's novella to craft a darkly atmospheric sci-fi horror that'll get right under your skin.  
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    Jordan Peele's The Twilight Zone Season 1 TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Jordan Peele reboots the classic Twilight Zone series with a game all-star cast, finding a darker and less forgiving tone to the familiar material.  
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    Amazon's Hunters Season 1 TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Amazon's surprisingly good Jordan Peele-produced Nazi-hunting series sees Pacino pulling no punches as he leads the hunt for vicious Nazis who've infiltrated America.  
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    Netflix's The Last Thing He Wanted Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Netflix bails out this dense, all-star political 'thriller' which largely wastes the talent of the likes of Hathaway, Dafoe and Affleck.  
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    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Whilst an unexpected but pleasant surprise to have Angelina Jolie's Maleficent back, Mistress of Evil loses a little bit of its dark magic as it muddles a promising premise, although it looks and sounds great in 4K with Atmos.  
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    The Peanut Butter Falcon Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    This superb road movie has Shia LeBeouf on fabulous form in this heartwarming coming of age drama.  
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    Abominable 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The second full collaboration between Dreamworks and the Chinese Pearl Studios after Kung Fu Panda 3 boasts some gorgeous scenes of magical wonder but struggles to bring it all home.  
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    Netflix's Locke & Key Season 1 TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    More of a Young Adult 'horror' in the vein of Netflix's Lost in Space, rather than Netflix's Haunting of Hill House, this graphic novel adaptation is slick, with some nice ideas, but feels a little watered down and padded out nonetheless.  
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    Amazon's Jexi Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Hardly Spike Jonze's Her, this farcical comedy still manages to elicit some genuine laughs as a socially inept guy gets railroaded by an aggressive phone AI with no filter.  
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    Netflix's The Stranger Season 1 TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Netflix's British adaptation of Harlan "Tell No One" Coben's The Stranger is contrived in the extreme, blending ludicrous mystery "thrills" with pointless teen angst and an abortive murderous subplot.  
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    Judy Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Renée Zellweger shines in this look at the damaged child starlet turned troubled celebrity, largely carrying the whole otherwise familiar and arguably formulaic biography.  
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    Federico Fellini's 8½ Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Widely considered one of the greatest films of all time, Fellini's 8½ gets a lavish Blu-ray release from a new 2K scan.  
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    Boyz n the Hood 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The late John Singleton's seminal directorial debut remains his best film, a timeless coming of age drama and the greatest Spike Lee film that Spike Lee didn't make, earning a surprising 4K bow.  
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    Richard Jewell Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Eastwood's latest is another purposefully paced biography, charting the tragic trial by media of this hero-turned-suspect.  
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    Queen & Slim Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    This superb directorial debut is a racially-charged variation on Thelma & Louise, seeing a couple on the run from a crime nobody will believe they were justified in committing.  
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    Netflix's Uncut Gems Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Safdie Brothers' latest is a torturous week in the life of a degenerate gambler jewel merchant, giving Sandler his best work, and affording an intense - and intensely painful - ride.  
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    The Lighthouse Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Robert "The Witch" Eggers' mystery finds inspiration in Poe's final, unfinished short story, seeing Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe enduring the increasingly strange on a lighthouse island.  
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    Apple TV+'s Little America Season 1 TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Charting eight disparate true tales across its first season, Apple's latest drama is fiercely and authentically inspiring, somehow cramming movie-size underdog battles into each half-hour episode.  
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