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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    Deep Blue Sea 3 Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Deep Blue Sea 3 Movie Review
    Forget Deep Blue Sea 2 - if you'd even heard about it - this third entry is a much more watchable effort even if it's still quintessentially DTV, and is available in a cheap digital triple-pack with the fun 20-year-old original.  
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    Saint Frances Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Saint Frances Movie Review
    Gifted a last minute PVOD reprieve, this year's answer to The Florida Project now gets a full theatrical window, an impressive slice of honest drama, tackling weighty issues with a breezy attitude that belies its depth of understanding.  
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    Condor Season 2 (Sky) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Condor Season 2 (Sky) TV Show Review
    After an electric first season, which successfully translated the source novel and excellent preceding 70s Redford thriller into a modern series, the second season struggles to find its footing for an equally riveting tale.  
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    Transformers: War for Cybertron Season 1: Siege (Netflix) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Transformers: War for Cybertron Season 1: Siege (Netflix) TV Show Review
    Hasbro's Allspark Studio and Netflix bring Transformers back with a bang, going full Generation 1 in style, only now with 4K Dolby Vision and Atmos.  
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    Proxima Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Proxima Movie Review
    Always intended to be one of the very first movies to welcome audiences back to the cinema, Proxima is a superb character study driven by a career high performance from Casino Royale's Eva Green.  
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    Gangs of London Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Gangs of London Blu-ray Review
    The bone-crunchingly-wincing hit TV show from Raid's Gareth Evans brings the exquisitely choreographed ultra-violence he's become renowned for home on Blu-ray.  
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    A Rainy Day in New York Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    A Rainy Day in New York Blu-ray Review
    Hardly a sunny time in his own career, Woody Allen's latest rainy New York rom-com aims for knowing meta satire but often comes closer to just plain irritating.  
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    Animal Crackers (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Animal Crackers (Netflix) Movie Review
    Despite the all-star talent of John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Danny DeVito and Ian McKellen, this latest Netflix acquisition has actually been sitting on the shelf since 2017.  
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    Doom Patrol (Starz) Season 2 TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Doom Patrol (Starz) Season 2 TV Show Review
    A jewel in the overstuffed superhero genre, the mad misfit drama Doom Patrol returns for another great season of weird and wacky adventures.  
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    Condor Season 1 (Sky) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Condor Season 1 (Sky) TV Show Review
    As the second season drops, we look back at the first year on this excellent spy series, which is more Homeland than 24, successfully reimagining the classic Redford thriller whilst retaining the pervasively tense paranoia.  
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    Get Shorty (Sky) Season 3 TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Get Shorty (Sky) Season 3 TV Show Review
    A long way away from its Elmore Leonard inspirations, and from Travolta's lovable-muscle-turned-producer, the Chris O'Dowd-led Get Shorty is unbelievably still going strong on its third convoluted season.  
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    P-Valley (Starz) Season 1 Premiere TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    P-Valley (Starz) Season 1 Premiere TV Show Review
    More Hustlers than Showgirls, Starz's P-Valley forges a compelling look at the trials and tribulations of some Mississippi Delta strippers.  
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    Fantasy Island Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Fantasy Island Blu-ray Review
    Needlessly attempting to leverage a franchise name from a 70s show few people will even remember, Fantasy Island's attempt to infuse horror into the 'classic' cautionary tales only succeeds in an all-round resounding failure.  
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    Finding the Way Back Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Finding the Way Back Movie Review
    Gavin 'Warrior' O'Connor reunites with his The Accountant star Ben Affleck, who provides a career-high Wrestler-esque personal performance about destructive alcoholism.  
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    Black Water: Abyss Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Black Water: Abyss Movie Review
    Even without Tenet, the cinemas are open, but if Black Water: Abyss is the measure of what we can expect, there's little reason to venture out.  
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    Greyhound (Apple TV+) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Greyhound (Apple TV+) Movie Review
    Apple TV+ lands its first major mainstream production - originally planned for a theatrical rollout - Sony's excellent Tom Hanks war film Greyhound, which Hanks wrote too.  
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    Doom Patrol (Starz) Season 1 TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Doom Patrol (Starz) Season 1 TV Show Review
    Absolutely nailing the crazy, Doom Patrol blends Watchmen, Umbrella Academy, Titans, X-Men and Stranger Things into one unique, unmissable antihero superhero voyage.  
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    I May Destroy You (BBC/HBO) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    I May Destroy You (BBC/HBO) TV Show Review
    Created, written and directed by - and starring - Michaela Coel, this BBC drama is equal parts acerbically witty and tragically powerful.  
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    Crying Freeman 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Crying Freeman 4K Blu-ray Review
    Christophe "Brotherhood of the Wolf" Gans' striking directorial debut is a perfect example of effective style over substance, landing itself an English-friendly 4K release in Germany.  
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    Hanna Season 2 (Amazon Prime) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Hanna Season 2 (Amazon Prime) TV Show Review
    Amazon's TV series reboot of Hanna enters its sophomore year, but can it find its own raison d'être now the original film's story has been rinsed?  
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    Perry Mason Season 1 (HBO) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Perry Mason Season 1 (HBO) TV Show Review
    HBO's Perry Mason bares little resemblance to its forebear, playing out as an unforgivingly dark noir which makes Chinatown look like Sesame Street.  
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    Irresistible Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Irresistible Movie Review
    Steve Carell's latest political satire goes straight to premium rental.  
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    Pennyworth Season 1 Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Pennyworth Season 1 Blu-ray Review
    Nobody ever asked for a prequel series about Batman's butler, Alfred, but we got one - the surprise is that it's pretty good.  
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    Netflix's The Sinner Season 3 TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Netflix's The Sinner Season 3 TV Show Review
    Bill Pullman returns for another great crime mystery with the third season of Netflix's The Sinner.  
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    Radioactive Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Radioactive Movie Review
    Rosamund Pike does a superb job bringing the life of Marie Curie to the fore in an otherwise flawed and over-stylised biopic.  
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    Sniper: Assassin's End Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Sniper: Assassin's End Movie Review
    8th time lucky? Berenger's Sniper series does Angel Has Fallen  
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    Dolittle 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Dolittle 4K Blu-ray Review
    Dolittle looks and sounds stunning in 4K but no amount of perfected animal CG can fix this faux Welsh dubbed mess.  
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    The Personal History of David Copperfield Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Personal History of David Copperfield Movie Review
    Armando Iannucci delivers another acquired taste of a production, turning his hand to the near-autobiographical Charles Dickens work and putting his own inimitable spin on it.  
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    Sonic the Hedgehog 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Sonic the Hedgehog 4K Blu-ray Review
    Sonic gets a big screen makeover in this energetic romp, which is a little like a PG Quicksilver solo movie, and looks stunning in native 4K with Dolby Vision and Atmos.  
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    Amazon's The Vast of Night Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Amazon's The Vast of Night Movie Review
    This indie directorial debut is a welcome throwback to The Twilight Zone and early era Spielberg, working some serious magic to turn its less-than-a-million-dollars budget into a surprise gem.  
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    Top Gun 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Top Gun 4K Blu-ray Review
    Endlessly quotable and utterly iconic, Tony Scott's Tom Cruise-starring quintessential 80s aviation action thriller still stands up almost 35 years later, and looks better than ever in this absolutely stunning native 4K release with Dolby Vision and Atmos.  
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    Days of Thunder 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Days of Thunder 4K Blu-ray Review
    Cheesy and over the top, Cruise's Top-Gun-with-cars is still an absolute blast of a guilty pleasure, with some of the best race sequences of all time, looking and sounding better than ever in native 4K with Dolby Vision and Atmos.  
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    Onward 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Onward 4K Blu-ray Review
    An unexpectedly touching father-son(s) story, Disney/Pixar once again hit your heart hard with this rocking ode to fantasy role playing games that enjoys a particularly fun, boisterous turn from Chris Pratt.  
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    A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood Blu-ray Review
    Tom Hanks earns himself another Oscar Nomination, in a considered although hardly revealing role, for a thoughtful sideways biopic of American icon Fred Rogers.  
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    The Fanatic Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Fanatic Movie Review
    John Travolta puts in an admirably engaged performance, dabbling with both autistic and obsessive traits, however, The Fanatic never really reaches boiling point with its uninspired study on toxic fandom.  
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    The Iron Mask Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Iron Mask Blu-ray Review
    Arnie and Jackie Chan reteam for this low budget messy fantasy romp that means well, and wouldn't have been out of place in Jackie's earlier catalogue, but could do with a lot less out-of-sync ADR and a lot more refinement for a 2020 audience.  
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    Bloodshot 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Bloodshot 4K Blu-ray Review
    The world's first self-proclaimed multicultural megastar tanks another leading vehicle, cementing the notion that only his ensemble Fast and Furious films work. However, Bloodshot is still a watchable - if ironically bloodless - comic book actioner and certainly looks and sounds tremendous in 4K with Atmos.  
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    Top 20 Netflix Guilty Pleasure Action Movies

    by Cas Harlow
    Top 20 Netflix Guilty Pleasure Action Movies
    If you thought Amazon Prime had some Guilty Pleasure Action Movies, then check out Netflix, with easily more than double the catalogue titles to choose from.  
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    Underwater Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Underwater Movie Review
    The increasingly impressive Kristen Stewart turns in a perfectly entertaining little B-movie riff on Pitch Black meets The Abyss.  
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    HBO's I Know This Much Is True TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    HBO's I Know This Much Is True TV Show Review
    Mark Ruffalo turns in a pair of career best performances in this tremendous and heartbreaking new HBO drama from Derek "The Place Beyond the Pines" Cianfrance.  
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