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Belle 50 Word Film Reiew

July 30th 2014 22:07
(2013) Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Sam Reid, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson. Dir: Amma Asante.
Review No:944
Belle 50 Word Film Review

A girl whose mother was a slave is brought up by her father’s upper-class family, where her status remains unclear. Polished production that caters for the Downton crowd, but doesn’t shirk the issues of slavery, racism, sexism and inequality. Treads the line well, never getting too soapy or too heavy.

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(1940) Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Vincent Price, Nan Grey, Cecil Kalloway, Alan Napier. Dir: Joe May.
Review No:943
The Invisible Man Returns 50 Word Film Review

A man unjustly sentenced to death is sprung from prison thanks to a special formula. Doesn’t have the bravura or technical wizardry of Whale’s original, but keeps the dark humour and eccentric British locales. But script and direction are strong, supporting cast is great and builds to a great climax.

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(1939) Boris Karloff, Lorna Gray, Robert Wilcox, Roger Pryor, Don Beddoe. Dir: Nick Grinde.
Review No:942
The Man They Could Not Hang 50 Word Film Review

A doctor’s sentenced to hang when a patient dies during a resuscitation experiment, but he vows revenge. Throwaway nonsense made less forgettable by some juicy lines, Karloff’s delicious delivery and an entertaining final segment.

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Hellraiser 50 Word Film Review

July 19th 2014 21:47
(1987) Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Sean Chapman, Ashley Laurence, Doug Bradley, Nicholas Vince, Simon Bamford, Grace Kirby, Oliver Smith. Dir: Clive Barker.
Review No:941
Hellraiser 50 Word Film Review

A monstrous spirit lives in the attic of a couple’s new home, and it wants blood. Story may not be so original (though well done) but design works is superb. Dingy household rooms explode into extra-dimensional realms and monsters are amongst the most memorably realised in horror’s last 50 years.

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(2014) Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg, Mia Skäringer, Jens Hultén. Dir: Felix Herngren.
Review No:940
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared 50 Word Film Review

An old man with a colourful past decides to leave the old folks home. There’s keeping it light and there’s making everything inconsequential. There are intermittent laughs, but that’s not enough to give a point to the whole pointless exercise.

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8mm 50 Word Film Review

July 14th 2014 22:59
(1999) Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare, Anthony Heald, Chris Bauer. Dir: Joel Schumacher.
Review No:939
8mm 50 Word Film Review

A PI is asked to investigate whether a snuff film is genuine. Not quite Reefer Madness, but a pretty cartoonish and lurid depiction of the porn industry. And with the bring-and-buy sales and VHS swapping, it’s almost charming. Very silly noir, with ham-fisted writing and hilarious Nicholas Cage moments, but broadly watchable.

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Mad Detective 50 Word Film Review

July 10th 2014 21:41
(2007) Lau Ching-Wan, Andy On, Lam Ka-Tung, Kelly Lin. Dir:
Johnnie To, Wai Ka-Fai.
Review No:938
Mad Detective 50 Word Film Review

An ex-detective who claims he can see people’s ‘inner selves’ is help track a missing policeman. A bonkers, sometimes hard to follow genre piece that provides many twisty, flashy thrills but also pathos and tragedy. Plus a sad depiction of how the gifted but troubled can be exploited and abused.

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(2007) Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams. Dir: Mike Nichols.
Review No:937
Charlie Wilson's War 50 Word Film Review

An easy-going senator is stirred into action after probing America’s policy towards the Afghan war. It’s rather light-hearted for a rather serious subject, but even as a comedy there’s not much in the way of character depth or development. It’s breezy viewing, but that’s it – it goes right by you.

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(1973) John Phillip Law, Tom Baker, Takis Emmanuel, Caroline Munro, Douglas Wilmer, Martin Shaw. Dir: Gordon Hessler.
Review No: 936
Golden Voyage of Sinbad 50 Word Film Review

Sinbad races against a wicked sorcerer to find lost, magical treasure on a mysterious island. Less heralded than Seventh Voyage, yet a much better, rounded adventure, with a better villain, a better pace, plot and slightly better leads. And the six-armed fighting idol is an absolute Harryhausen classic.

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(2014) Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson. Dir: Doug Liman.
Review No:935
Edge of Tomorrow 50 Word Film Review

A PR man’s forced to fight in a war but starts reliving the same day over and over. Takes the just-go-with-it strategy to dense material, but as details matter to drama it’s a struggle to keep engaged. Also unsure what character story it’s telling. But ambitious, intelligent and never dull.

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