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The Drop 50 Word Film Review

December 18th 2014 22:11
(2015) Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, James Frecheville. Dir: Michaël R. Roskam.
Review No:984
The Drop 50 Word Film Review

A barman at a mob bar gets into trouble with a new girlfriend, her ex, a lost dog and his boss’ schemes. There’s a lot to like - interesting characters, good performances, suspenseful scenes and real stakes - yet all together, it’s hard to get what it’s really all about.

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At the Earth's Core 50 Word Film Review

December 16th 2014 00:46
(1976) Peter Cushing, Doug McClure, Caroline Munro. Dir: Kevin Connor.
Review No:983
At the Earth's Core 50 Word Film Review

A professor and his assistant drill into the centre of the earth and discover a strange land. Badly scripted, clunkily directed, and featuring sub-Harryhausen effects. It is confusing and rubbish but provides a few trippy thrills.

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The Funhouse 50 Word Film Review

December 10th 2014 22:24
(1983) Elizabeth Berridge, Cooper Huckabee, Largo Woodruff, Miles Chapin, Kevin Conway, Sylvia Miles, William Finley. Dir: Tobe Hooper.
Review No:982
The Funhouse 50 Word Film Review

A group of teens soon regret their decision to hide and spend the night in a carnival funhouse. An enjoyable horror romp that provides a satisfying mix of horror and scares, along with a memorably bizarre monster. Shame they couldn't have done more with the leads.

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The Dead Zone 50 Word Film Review

December 6th 2014 22:50
(1983) Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Anthony Zerbe, Colleen Dewhurst, Martin Sheen. Dir: David Cronenberg.
Review No:981
The Dead Zone 50 Word Film Review

After a car accident, a teacher wakes loses five years in a coma and gains the power to see people’s future. A pleasurable yarn, but one that’s somewhat lacking in dramatic momentum and it’s rather difficult to take Charlie Sheen’s political villain as a serious threat.

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Dragonwyck 50 Word Film Review

December 3rd 2014 00:34
(1946) Gene Tierney, Vincent Price, Walter Huston, Glenn Langan, Anne Revere, Spring Byington, Harry Morgan, Jessica Tandy. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
Review No:980
Dragonwyck 50 Word Film Review

A farm girl becomes governess to her wealthy land-owning cousin in his sinister mansion. Gothic melodrama that has everything, and not to its advantage - hauntings, murders, social change, addiction and even a neglected child who disappears halfway through. Wants to be Rebecca, but falls short, though Price is excellent.

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Nightcrawler 50 Word Film Review

November 30th 2014 00:00
(2014) Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton. Dir: Dan Gilroy.
Review No:979
Nightcrawler 50 Word Film Review

An unscrupulous, ambitious man becomes a freelance news cameraman unafraid of crossing the line. Superb even if just taken as a slick, dark thriller. But has a witty satirical side, one that parodies the usual triumph-against-adversity Hollywood movie to critique the way the media manipulates truth to create saleable narrative.

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Demon Seed 50 Word Film Review

November 25th 2014 01:07
(1977) Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, Gerrit Graham, Robert Vaughn. Dir: Donald Cammell.
Review No:978
Demon Seed 50 Word Film Review

A super computer seeks evolution by imprisoning his creator’s wife with a view to impregnating her. It’s hard to get over the preposterous nature of the story and the surreal way that it’s visualised. Nevertheless it is magnetic; you will be gripped to see how the twisted scenario plays out.

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Fury 50 Word Film Review

November 23rd 2014 00:35
(2014) Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Peña, Jason Isaacs, Scott Eastwood. Dir: David Ayer.
Review No:977
Fury 50 Word Film Review

A tank crew must fight their way into Germany in the closing days of WW2. It has some good dramatic moments, but doesn’t have an angle of its own. Instead it’s pieced together from well-used bits of other war films, but with the action executed less skilfully.

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Interstellar 50 Word Film Review

November 20th 2014 23:24
(2014) Matthew McConaughey, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Mackenzie Foy, Wes Bentley, Topher Grace, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Bill Irwin, Matt Damon. Dir: Christopher Nolan.
Review No:976

Interstellar 50 Word Film Review

With mankind facing extinction, a space crew explores potential new worlds through a wormhole. Hard to fault the ambition of the Nolans’ vision and its breath-taking realisation. But they can’t quit while they’re ahead – the over-abundance of ideas will frustrate and annoy as much as they’ll fascinate and inspire.

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Chandu the Magician 50 Word Film Review

November 17th 2014 23:29
(1932) Edmund Lowe, Bela Lugosi, Irene Ware, Virginia Hammond. Dir: William Cameron Menzies, Marcel Varnel.
Review No:975
Chandu the Magician 50 Word Film Review

A yogi magician must save his brother-in-law whose death ray’s been stolen by a megalomaniac. A few years later, this daft action/adventure would’ve been a low budget serial. But this gets the big budget treatment and provides plenty of exciting thrills and clever effects. Shame the hero’s so dull.

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