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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    Lone Star 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Lone Star 4K Blu-ray Review
    Indie director John Sayles' finest feature, the Neo-Western, Lone Star, is a richly crafted mystery drama, and a fine addition to the Criterion Collection.  
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    Best Netflix Action Movies

    by Cas Harlow
    Best Netflix Action Movies
    Looking for a Netflix Original to suit your action movie viewing needs?  
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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Amazon) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Amazon) TV Show Review
    Ditching the more whimsical McG-style excesses of the 2005 Brangelina action comedy, this Amazon reboot - created by and starring Atlanta's Donald Glover - immediately feels like it's trying to do something different with a familiar concept. UPDATED for full season review.  
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    The Holdovers Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Holdovers Movie Review
    Commanded by a fabulously curmudgeonly performance by Paul Giamatti, his reunion with writer/director Alexander "Sideways" Payne makes for a surprisingly uplifting festive feast.  
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    The Iron Claw Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Iron Claw Movie Review
    A doom-laden, utterly tragic look at the near-cultish Von Erich family's relentless determination to conquer the wrestling world - whatever the cost.  
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    The Promised Land Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Promised Land Movie Review
    Mads Mikkelsen once again makes an otherwise slight endeavour infinitely more watchable in this tale of tenacity.  
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    Culprits (Disney+) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Culprits (Disney+) TV Show Review
    Furiously late to the party, we tune in to discover that Culprits is a slick, brutal, and unbearably tense heist thriller that's a surprise choice for one of the best shows of the tail end of 2023.  
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    American Fiction Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    American Fiction Movie Review
    Sharply witty and sublimely satirical, and providing a much-deserved, tour-de-force lead for the excellent Jeffrey Wright, American Fiction is definitely worth catching whilst it's still on the Big Screen.  
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    The Bricklayer (Sky) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Bricklayer (Sky) Movie Review
    Continuing the theme of underacknowledged professions for former assassins after Statham's The Beekeeper, Aaron Eckhart tries his best to employ every tool in his bricklaying bag to dispatch his opponents in Renny "Cliffhanger, Die Hard 2, You Should Know Better Than This" Harlin's latest, curiously vaguely watchable piece of utter trash.  
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    The Raid 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Raid 4K Blu-ray Review
    One of the finest pure action movies of all time, Gareth Evans' 2011 breakthrough assaulted audiences upon release, but gets an utterly unexpected new lease of life courtesy of the kind of complete-makeover 4K remaster nobody ever expected it to get.  
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    Orion and the Dark (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Orion and the Dark (Netflix) Movie Review
    Charlie "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" Kaufman writes a Dreamworks animation for Netflix based on a kid's book about confronting your worst fears?  
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    Ginny & Georgia Season 1 (Netflix) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Ginny & Georgia Season 1 (Netflix) TV Show Review
    Digging into what makes Netflix viewers click, we roll out on the Top 10 most viewed productions with one of their all-time most popular shows to see what the fuss is about.  
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    Bottoms (Amazon) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Bottoms (Amazon) Movie Review
    Shiva Baby writer/director Emma Seligman hits another home run with this fabulously unleashed high school sex comedy satire - now on Amazon Prime UK!  
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    Sexy Beast (Paramount+) Premiere TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Sexy Beast (Paramount+) Premiere TV Show Review
    Just as sure as another week comes to a close, unsurprisingly, another prequel show nobody asked for lands on Paramount Plus to add to its increasingly inessential roster.  
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    Face/Off 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Face/Off 4K Blu-ray Review
    John Woo's assault on Hollywood may not have quite delivered in the same way as his HK masterpieces, but damn if it didn't peak with the gleefully ridiculous and relentlessly entertaining Face/Off.  
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    The Brothers Sun (Netflix) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Brothers Sun (Netflix) TV Show Review
    Late to the party, turns out the Michelle Yeoh-starring The Brothers Sun is one of the best things on Netflix in January.  
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    Reacher Season 2 (Amazon) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Reacher Season 2 (Amazon) TV Show Review
    Reacher's back! The poster of his back exclaims, in perfect tone with the character, and boy is he, with a fabulous kick-start to Amazon's TV show adaptation of the 11th book, Bad Luck and Trouble. UPDATED FOR FULL SEASON REVIEW.  
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    Fargo Season 5 (Amazon) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Fargo Season 5 (Amazon) TV Show Review
    Noah "Legion" Hawley's FX anthology series, Fargo, returns for its fifth 'instalment', introducing us to another disparate set of colourful characters and a more thoroughly classic Fargo scenario to sink your teeth into - UPDATED FOR FULL SEASON REVIEW.  
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    The Creator 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Creator 4K Blu-ray Review
    Derivative but effective, Gareth "Rogue One" Edwards' understated sci-fi gem does everything that Snyder's Rebel Moon couldn't, fashioning familiar elements into a pretty compelling new whole.  
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    The Marsh King's Daughter (Amazon) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Marsh King's Daughter (Amazon) Movie Review
    Neil Burger's latest is another almost-good offering - a Crawdads-esque book adaptation that trips on the final hurdle.  
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    Mean Streets 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Mean Streets 4K Blu-ray Review
    The first Scorsese/DeNiro collaboration was a striking, raw debut hitting UK 4K with a lavish Criterion-rivalling set from Second Sight.  
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    For All Mankind Season 4 (Apple TV+) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    For All Mankind Season 4 (Apple TV+) TV Show Review
    Apple's finest flagship show lands with another deep impact opener, affording a glimpse at what will undoubtedly be another memorable season of this tremendous alternate sci-fi series - UPDATED FOR FULL SEASON REVIEW.  
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    Echo (Disney+) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Echo (Disney+) TV Show Review
    Marvel's new standalone "Spotlight" brand kick-starts with a show that absolutely requires you to have boatloads of previous knowledge, enjoying a decent anti-hero action lead and elevated no end by Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin - UPDATED FOR FULL SEASON.  
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    The Beekeeper Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Beekeeper Movie Review
    Nuts and bolts Statham doing what he does best; it's trashy, it's hilariously OTT, but it's also a frequently viscerally satisfying piece of revenge action carnage.  
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    One More Shot (Sky) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    One More Shot (Sky) Movie Review
    Scott Adkins fashions a solid follow-up to his perfectly watchable continuous-shot-style actioner, One Shot, recruiting Tom Berenger and Michael Jai White to add to the mix.  
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    Slow Horses: Season 3 - Real Tigers (Apple TV+) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Slow Horses: Season 3 - Real Tigers (Apple TV+) TV Show Review
    Apple's gloriously grungy spy show returns for its third season in two years, with Gary Oldman still flatulating his way around being the best spy that nobody ever noticed - UPDATED for full review.  
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    Foe (Amazon) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Foe (Amazon) Movie Review
    Garth Davis' indie psychological drama wields a sci-fi backdrop with Black Mirror-esque Machiavellian malice.  
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    Freelance (Amazon) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Freelance (Amazon) Movie Review
    Kick-starting 2024 with more of a whimper than a bang, the lacklustre John Cena/Alison Brie action comedy doesn't really provide enough of either.  
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    Top 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2024

    by Cas Harlow
    Top 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2024
    The movies team takes a look at what's on their radar for 2024.  
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    Priscilla Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Priscilla Movie Review
    Sofia Coppola returns to her Virgin Suicides sensibilities here for a tragic character study of a young kid groomed by a powerful celebrity.  
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    Young Guns 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Young Guns 4K Blu-ray Review
    Fashioned from an impossible set of seemingly incongruous ingredients, Young Guns is a cracking Western that earns a stateside 4K release that you may just want to consider importing...  
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    Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio 4K Blu-ray Review
    Guillermo del Toro's defining adaptation of the classic Pinocchio tale gets the Criterion treatment, and in the UK no less!  
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    Rebel Moon - Part One: A Child of Fire (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Rebel Moon - Part One: A Child of Fire (Netflix) Movie Review
    Zack Snyder's pitched Star Wars-esque sci-fi epic franchise thingy plops on Netflix, and is about as well-received as anybody expected, making you wonder how on earth anybody is going to make it to Part 4.  
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    Silent Night (Sky) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Silent Night (Sky) Movie Review
    Action maestro John Woo returns to Hollywood after twenty years for a seasonally-themed dialogue-less revenger set on a pair of fateful Christmas Eves.  
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    A Murder at the End of the World (Disney+) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    A Murder at the End of the World (Disney+) TV Show Review
    Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, regrouping after the cancellation of The OA, bring their brand of left field mystery to what would otherwise be just another tech-flavoured Agatha Christie romp. UPDATED FOR FULL REVIEW.  
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    Maestro (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Maestro (Netflix) Movie Review
    Bradley Cooper's sophomore symphony doesn't hit the raw, accomplished notes of A Star is Born, but is an impressively staged biopic nonetheless, with committed lead performances.  
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    Point Break 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Point Break 4K Blu-ray Review
    Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 action thriller, pairing Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, remains a defining genre entry, making its US bow on 4K.  
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    Finestkind (Paramount+) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Finestkind (Paramount+) Movie Review
    Brian Helgeland, of Award-winning LA Confidential / Mystic River screenwriting fame, writes and directs this small town crime drama with a great cast and a chewy purpose.  
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    The Crown Season 6 - The Final Season (Netflix) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Crown Season 6 - The Final Season (Netflix) TV Show Review
    Dropping its final ever 6 episodes, the latter half of its sixth and final season, The Crown doesn't exactly go out on a high, but does offer a modicum of closure.  
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    Leave the World Behind (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Leave the World Behind (Netflix) Movie Review
    Sam "Mr Robot" Esmail's latest takes a more intimate, psychological look at a conspiracy-driven apocalyptic nightmare.  
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