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The Equalizer 50 Word Film Review

October 23rd 2014 21:51
(2014) Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo. Dir: Antoine Fuqua.
Review No:967
Equalizer 50 Word Film Review

When a prostitute is savagely beaten, an apparently mild-mannered acquaintance takes brutal action. Deadly serious yet inherently silly. The tone is all over the shop – it balances taut suspense and graphic violence with cheesy cheeriness and cartoon villainy. It works in places, but would benefit from a sense of humour.

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In a Lonely Place 50 Word Film Review

October 19th 2014 21:32
(1950) Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid, Art Smith. Dir: Nicholas Ray.
Review No:966
In a Lonely Place 50 Word Film Review

A writer falls for a woman who provides an alibi for him after a murder, but his volatility raises questions. If Bogart’s guilt never feels credible, you still feel the effect of its poison. This is his finest hour – he’s a self-destructive timebomb waiting to go off and the tension is palpable.

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The Driller Killer 50 Film Review

October 17th 2014 22:43
(1979) Jimmy Laine, Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day, Harry Schultz, Alan Wynroth. Dir: Abel Ferrara.
Review No:965
Driller Killer 50 Word Film Review

A struggling artist barely able to pay the bills finds a murderous outlet for his frustrations. Has a reputation somewhat more interesting than it is. It’s a bit amateurish, but is interesting in its verite ramble around cramped urban quarters and dark streets, and achieves a boiling pot build of tension.

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Beat the Devil 50 Word Film Review

October 13th 2014 22:14
(1953) Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre, Robert Morley, Edward Underdown, Ivor Barnard. Dir: John Huston.
Review No:964
Beat the Devil 50 Word Film Review

A uranium dealer sees potential in a tourist couple, but can he take advantage before his shady colleagues. Clearly they weren’t sure film they were making. Has comedy dialogue, but the pace of a thriller, yet none of the stakes of one. A curiosity, funny but frustrating and slow.

DDD

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Lucy 50 Word Film Review

October 8th 2014 22:11
(2014) Scarlett Johansson,Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik. Dir: Luc Besson.
Review No:963
Lucy 50 Word Film Review

When a girl ingests a drug she’s forced to smuggle in her stomach, it unlocks the full potential of her mind. Gets progressively sillier until it reaches the unfathomable, but for most part a snappy, fun ride which refreshingly doesn’t get bogged down in dour navel gazing and elaborate exposition.

DDDD

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The Island 50 Word Film Review

October 6th 2014 22:23
(1980) Michael Caine, David Warner, Angela Punch McGregor, Frank Middlemass, Don Henderson, Dudley Sutton, Colin Jeavons. Dir: Michael Ritchie.
Review No:962
The Island 50 Word Film Review

A father and son are taken prisoner on an island by a tribe of backward shipwreck survivors. Hard to take seriously pasty brit-thesps as devolved Caribbean savages, maybe that’s why Ritchie keeps shooting it as a camp romp. Caine’s trying, but looks bewildered, unable to mine any drama from it.

DDD

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Curse of the Fly 50 Word Film Review

September 30th 2014 21:10
(1965) Brian Donlevy, Carole Gray, George Baker, Burt Kwouk, Yvette Rees. Dir: Don Sharp.
Review No:961
Curse of the Fly 50 Word Film Review

A vulnerable woman marries into the Delambre family, unknowing of their past or experiments. Has a touch of early Hammer style and mercifully avoids any new insect accidents. There’s too little focus in the script, which has various angles but none well developed. Despite some nice shooting, there’s little suspense.

DDD

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See also: The Fly, The Return of the Fly.



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Videodrome 50 Word Film Review

September 28th 2014 21:58
(1983) James Woods, Sonja Smits, Deborah Harry, Peter Dvorsky, Leslie Carlson. Dir: David Cronenberg.
Review No:960
Videodrome 50 Word Film Review

A peddler of smutty television becomes fascinated by a hardcore satellite broadcast. Part satire, part futurist manifesto, the tech may have dated but watching Woods put his face in a television or put a VHS into his chest is still jaw-dropping. There’s nothing like it.

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A Most Wanted Man 50 Word Film Review

September 26th 2014 23:03
(2014) Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Robin Wright. Dir: Anton Corbijn.
Review No:959
A Most Wanted Man 50 Word Film Review

A German spy chief pursues an asylum seeker believing he may hook him a bigger fish. Would benefit from more tangible stakes or an emotional centre, but Le Carre’s morally compromised characters are as intriguing as ever. The cast put in heavyweight performances as it builds to a devastating climax.

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(2014) Stellan Skarsgård, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Jakob Oftebro, Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, Bruno Ganz, Kristofer Hivju, Tobias Santelmann. Dir: Hans Petter Moland.
Review No:958
In Order of Disappearance 50 Word Film Review

A snow plough driver takes on the mob when his son is murdered and the police write-off the case. Blackly-comic Scandi-noir that sticks so rigidly to the cold, slow suspense formula you might scream for it gain some momentum. It also might be about something, but I’ve no idea what.

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