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Lady in a Cage 50 Word Film Review

January 25th 2015 00:26
(1964) Olivia de Havilland, James Caan, Jennifer Billingsley, Jeff Corey, Ann Sothern. Dir: Walter Grauman.
Review No:998
Lady in a Cage 50 Word Film Review

A woman is trapped in her home elevator while thieves rob her home. Clearly inspired by Altman’s Baby Jane, this curious suburban gothic thriller has its share of grotesque characters and tense situations, and reaches surprisingly disturbing levels. Unjustly little-known and worth seeking out.

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(1954) Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre. Dir: Richard Fleischer.
Review No:997
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 50 Word Film Review

Rumours of a sea monster turn out to be a highly advanced submarine captained by an eccentric but determined captain. Between set pieces the action drags and the supporting roles needed more, but the big sequences are really beautifully executed and Mason’s superb performance as Nemo remains definitive.

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Big Eyes 50 Word Film Review

January 18th 2015 15:38
(2014) Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Jon Polito, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Terence Stamp. Dir: Tim Burton.
Review No:996
Big Eyes 50 Word Film Review

Artist Margaret Keane’s ‘big-eyed children’ become an art phenomenon, but the credit is taken by her husband. Like Ed Wood, a more satisfying narrative than Burton’s art direction extravaganzas, but he’s unsure where to pitch the tone as he steers between scenes of light comedy and cruel domestic abuse.

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Ils 50 Word Film Review

January 15th 2015 00:58
(2006) Olivia Bonamy, Michaël Cohen. Dir: David Moreau, Xavier Palud.
Review No:995
Ils 50 Word Film Review

A couple are terrorised in their rural home by masked strangers. It’s far from the most original idea, but it manages to keep the suspense ratcheted up for its duration and delivers a startlingly dark denouement.

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Calvary 50 Word Film Review

January 13th 2015 00:23
(2014) Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Domhnall Gleeson, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach de Bankolé. Dir: John Michael McDonagh.
Review No:994
Calvary 50 Word Film Review

An innocent priest is threatened in the confessional by an abuse victim who intends to murder him in seven days. Jet-black comedy that tackles the abuse scandal from the perspective of an innocent whose work’s been tainted and his struggle to do good against hostility. Profound and outstanding.

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Keeper of the Flame 50 Word Film Review

January 11th 2015 00:11
(1942) Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Richard Whorf, Margaret Wycherly, Forrest Tucker, Darryl Hickman. Dir: George Cukor.
Review No:993
Keeper of the Flame 50 Word Film Review

A respected journalist is determined to get the true story from the widow of a widely respected politician. A mystery isn’t mysterious if there’s nothing to intrigue. This is a film that isn’t quite sure what it is, and while the finale was controversial at the time, interest rather lags in the run up.

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Whirlpool 50 Word Film Review

January 7th 2015 00:23
(1949) Gene Tierney, Richard Conte, José Ferrer, Charles Bickford. Dir: Otto Preminger.
Review No:992

To keep her kleptomania secret from her husband, a woman accepts treatment from a hypnotist with dubious motives. A fairly entertaining noir thriller, but the implausibilities stack up so high it’s hard to keep that disbelief suspended.

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(2014) Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Maria Valverde. Dir: Ridley Scott.
Review No:991
Exodus Gods and Kings 50 Word Film Review

The biblical tale of Moses’ quest to free his people from the Pharaoh Ramases. Well-paced and has plenty of action. But despite all its hugeness, the CGI-drenched visuals and the broad characters never deliver sucker punches. It’s epic, but only an on ok scale.

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(1951) Robert Rounseville, Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann, Léonide Massine, Frederick Ashton. Dir: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.
Review No:990
Tales of Hoffman 50 Word Film Review

A nobleman relates three fantastic tales of his past romances. Ambitious but frustrating. The combination of motion picture and staged opera often dazzles but is overwhelming, and more often than not the marriage brings forth the drawbacks of each medium rather than enhancing their combined graces.

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Panic Room 50 Word Film Review

December 31st 2014 00:31
(2002) Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam, Jared Leto, Kristen Stewart. Dir: David Fincher.
Review No:988
Panic Room 50 Word Film Review

A woman and her daughter lock themselves in a panic room when burglars invade their home. The characters or scenario don't really convince, but it unfolds with suspense and has some surprises along the way.

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