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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    See for Me Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    See for Me Movie Review
    Generically titled and dripping in the trappings of a DTV effort, is the surprisingly competent See for Me worth seeing?  
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    My Son (Amazon 4K) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    My Son (Amazon 4K) Movie Review
    Christian Carion's high concept remake of his own high concept French flick sees a script-less James McAvoy out of his depth in this mystery thriller.  
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    Peacemaker (HBO) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Peacemaker (HBO) TV Show Review
    The TV spin-off nobody expected, from the soft reboot sequel nobody asked for, Peacemaker is one of the best new shows you may or may not get around to seeing in January.  
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    The Expanse Season 6 - Final Season (Amazon) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Expanse Season 6 - Final Season (Amazon) TV Show Review
    Amazon's tremendous The Expanse returns for a final 6 episodes, but is that enough time to finish this story?  
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    First Date Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    First Date Movie Review
    Viewed as some cheap-as-chips am-dram Tarantino tribute, Sundance darling First Date is an 'interesting' debut from writer/directors Manuel Crosby and Daniel Knapp that somehow just about lands on the right side of respectful.  
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    After Life Season 3 - Final Season (Netflix) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    After Life Season 3 - Final Season (Netflix) TV Show Review
    Ricky Gervais returns for the only third season he's ever done, to finish off loose ends in Netflix's bitterly funny and warmly bittersweet After Life.  
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    Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (Amazon) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (Amazon) Movie Review
    Ditching Adam Sandler and going straight to streaming, Transformania could have been a whole lot worse, but still shows signs of a franchise way running on fumes.  
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    The Running Man 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Running Man 4K Blu-ray Review
    More classic Arnie comes to 4K... in Germany... from Capelight. But is their native 4K DV rendition worth an import?  
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  • Movies & TV News

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    Top 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2022

    by Cas Harlow
    Top 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2022
    Spies and Samurai, Scorsese and the Spider-Verse, Strange and Sam Raimi - 2022 is shaping up to be stunning, but the real question is will Top Gun: Maverick finally get released?  
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    The Tender Bar (Amazon) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Tender Bar (Amazon) Movie Review
    George Clooney's eighth directorial effort lands on Amazon and starts well with Ben Affleck on fine form, but can it stick the landing?  
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    The Lost Daughter (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Lost Daughter (Netflix) Movie Review
    Maggie Gyllenhaal's strikingly assured directorial debut will likely garner a lot of attention, not least for a trifecta of excellent performances from Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley and Dakota Johnson.  
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    Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within 4K Blu-ray Review
    Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in style, The Spirits Within - which bankrupted a Studio - is still the best Final Fantasy movie, with seemingly outdated effects that somehow stun in 4K.  
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    Hard Target 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Hard Target 4K Blu-ray Review
    John Woo's Hollywood breakthrough was also arguably Van Damme's best action flick, but how on earth did Kino screw up this native 4K restoration so royally?  
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    Dune (2021) 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Dune (2021) 4K Blu-ray Review
    A modern sci-fi classic in the making, this is grand, epic filmmaking at its absolute best, with a stunning 4K release to boot.  
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    The Protégé (Amazon) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Protégé (Amazon) Movie Review
    Two time best Bond director Martin Campbell, who gave us Casino Royale and Goldeneye, gifts the latest Nikita, Maggie Q, her first real shot at a decent solo lead action movie and it's... fine.  
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    Best 10 4K Blu-rays of 2021

    by Cas Harlow
    Best 10 4K Blu-rays of 2021
    Star Trek, Indy, and Second Sight coming into their own, it's been a pretty spectacular year for 4K.  
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    Best 10 Movies of 2021

    by Cas Harlow
    Best 10 Movies of 2021
    Still reeling from the ongoing pandemic, cinema has come back with a bang arguably better than anybody could have expected, with a few strong Big Screen hitters, and plenty of heavyweight smaller support.  
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    The Book of Boba Fett (Disney+) Season 1 Premiere TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Book of Boba Fett (Disney+) Season 1 Premiere TV Show Review
    Disney+ rounds out the year with the opening episode of its latest Star Wars spin-off, as fan-favourite Boba Fett's past and future get fleshed out.  
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    Hawkeye (Disney+) Season 1 TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Hawkeye (Disney+) Season 1 TV Show Review
    Enjoying a perfectly-timed Christmas vibe, solid origin storytelling, charming wit and fun street-level action, Hailee Steinfeld's Hawkeye is a great end to an impressive year of MCU TV shows.  
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    Best 10 TV Shows of 2021

    by Cas Harlow
    Best 10 TV Shows of 2021
    An almost unparalleled year of unmissable TV. Audiences may still be navigating their return to the cinema but let's take a look at 10 reasons to stay home.  
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    The Matrix Resurrections Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Matrix Resurrections Movie Review
    22 years later and we return to a very meta Matrix, but is it still too clever for its own good and, my God, does it really look as cheap as it does in the trailers?  
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    Swan Song (Apple TV+) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Swan Song (Apple TV+) Movie Review
    Apple TV+ delivers up another powerful feature, with Mahershala Ali putting in some of his finest work, leaving Swan Song a heartbreaking sci-fi drama.  
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    Encounter (Amazon) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Encounter (Amazon) Movie Review
    Riz Ahmed delivers another heartwrenching performance in this unusual psychological sci-fi mystery.  
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    The Witcher Season 2 (Netflix) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Witcher Season 2 (Netflix) TV Show Review
    Netflix's adaptation of the massively popular book and videogame series returns for a strong sophomore year, with more swords, sorcery and supernatural SFX.  
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    Castle Falls Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Castle Falls Movie Review
    Dolph Lundgren returns to directing for the first time in over a decade, teaming up with Scott Adkins for some low budget thrills in a block scheduled for demolition.  
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    In the Heights (Sky) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    In the Heights (Sky) Movie Review
    After the massive success of adapting Hamilton for Disney+, Lin-Manuel Miranda returns to adapt his first Broadway hit with foot-tapping fury.  
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    Arcane: League of Legends - Season 1 (Netflix) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Arcane: League of Legends - Season 1 (Netflix) TV Show Review
    Stunningly animated, superbly scored, perfectly voice acted, exquisitely unfolded, with wonderful world-building, and action and impact in equal measure, should Netflix's Arcane go straight to the top of your watchlist?  
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    Wrath of Man (Amazon) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Wrath of Man (Amazon) Movie Review
    Less a Ritchie film that happens to star Statham and more a Statham flick which happens to have been directed by Ritchie, Wrath of Man comes up short against its Heat / The Town peers but is an otherwise solid enough little crime thriller, and now on Amazon Prime!  
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    Titans Season 3 (Netflix) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Titans Season 3 (Netflix) TV Show Review
    Taking its cue from A Death in the Family, Under the Red Hood, No Man's Land, and Grant Morrison's run on Batman, could this be the best season of DC's Titans yet?  
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    American Rust (Sky / NowTV) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    American Rust (Sky / NowTV) TV Show Review
    Is Jeff Daniels the best thing about this Mare of Easttown-esque modern noir-ish crime drama from Showtime?  
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    Superman & Lois Season 1 (BBC) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Superman & Lois Season 1 (BBC) TV Show Review
    Did Arrowverse secretly spawn a big budget, character-driven TV show about Superman that nobody would have believed could have been possible, and did BBC then drop the entire first season this weekend?  
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    Yellowjackets Season 1 Premiere (Sky) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Yellowjackets Season 1 Premiere (Sky) TV Show Review
    Yellowjackets lands on Sky weekly for a dark look at survival horror - could this be Showtime's answer to Netflix's Squid Games?  
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    Lost in Space Season 3 (Netflix) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Lost in Space Season 3 (Netflix) TV Show Review
    Another show that somewhat surprisingly made it to a third season, does Netflix's Lost in Space go out with a fitting conclusion?  
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    Hanna Season 3 (Amazon) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Hanna Season 3 (Amazon) TV Show Review
    Is 6 episodes enough to round out Amazon's TV adaptation of Hanna with a fitting conclusion?  
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    Stillwater Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Stillwater Movie Review
    Matt Damon turns in an impressive performance in this atypical drama about justice and redemption but - most effectively - about living a flawed life.  
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    8-Bit Christmas Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    8-Bit Christmas Movie Review
    Cleverly pitched as 'from the Studio that brought you Elf', 8-Bit Christmas is a fun new festive flick to kick-start the holiday season with.  
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    Encanto Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Encanto Movie Review
    Lin-Manuel Miranda continues his seemingly unstoppable reign with a fresh new Disney feature that hits all the right notes.  
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    Rocky IV: Rocky vs Drago - The Ultimate Director's Cut Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Rocky IV: Rocky vs Drago - The Ultimate Director's Cut Movie Review
    With Stallone wisely jettisoning and reframing much of the glamour and pomp from his 80s cheesefest, Rocky IV is fashioned into a considerably more weighty Rumble in the Jungle.  
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    Bruised (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Bruised (Netflix) Movie Review
    Getting raw and digging deep for her directorial debut, Halle Berry reshapes herself for a punishing bout of Rocky/Warrior-channelling MMA torture with character pleasantly kept at the forefront.  
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    Spencer Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Spencer Movie Review
    Kristen Stewart is outstanding in Pablo Larraín's second First Lady biopic after Jackie, here taking a richly fish-eyed look at isolation and mental illness in the land of the blindly privileged, and paying fitting tribute to a lost soul.  
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