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Interiors 50 Word Film Review

September 16th 2014 21:56
(1978) Geraldine Page, Diane Keaton, Mary Beth Hurt, Kristin Griffith, Richard Jordan, E. G. Marshall, Maureen Stapleton, Sam Waterston. Dir: Woody Allen.
Review No:955
Interiors 50 Word Film Review

The separation of husband and wife impact their already dysfunctional children, already struggle for fulfilment. Allen’s Manhattan bourgeois set are fine when they’re being funny, but when they’re wrestling with emotional and artist angst, their narcissistic whining is more likely to make you want to punch them, rather than empathise.

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The Mask of Dimitrios 50 Word Film Review

September 14th 2014 18:26
(1944) Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Zachary Scott, Faye Emerson. Dir: Jean Negulesco.
Review No:955
The Mask of Dimitrios

A writer becomes intrigued with the tale of a dead criminal, and his investigation gets him into trouble. Negulesco wanted only character actors, perhaps why this film seems to be made of supporting characters. Lorre lacks the material to establish his part fully but his scenes with Greenstreet are gold.

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The Guest 50 Word Film Review

September 11th 2014 21:53
(2014) Dan Stevens. Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick. Dir: Adam Wingard.
Review No:954
The Guest 50 Word Film Review

A family welcomes a soldier into their home who claims to have served with their late son. A mostly successful 80s horror parody that lays it on thick for both humour and expense, but less successfully blends genres taking momentum from the second half and losing mystery in favour of explanation.

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Halfway House 50 Word Film Review

September 9th 2014 18:15
(1944) Tom Walls, Mervyn Johns, Glynis Johns, Françoise Rosay, Glynis Johns, Sally Ann Howes, Richard Bird. Dir: Basil Dearden.
Review No:953
Halfway House 50 Word Film Review

A troubled, disparate group all check into a rural hotel, despite the fact it was bombed a year ago. Has many touching and poignant moments, but with such a large cast and only so much time to engage with them, this supernatural melodrama doesn't quite come together.

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(2012) Mirai Kataoka, Takuma Negishi, Ami Taniguchi, Masami Saeki, Hidetaka Abe, Hiroshi Okazaki. Dir: Takayuki Hirao.
Review No:952
Tokyo Fish Attack

Japan is suddenly overrun by walking fish, tearing apart friends and families (literally and emotionally). A Hollywood blockbuster would take over two hours to mull over this kind of material – this crams it into under 70 minutes. The result is dizzying, frequently incomprehensible but dazzling and unforgettable.

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The Congress 50 Word Film Review

August 31st 2014 21:06
(2014) Robin Wright, Paul Giamatti, Jon Hamm, Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sami Gayle. Dir: Ari Folman.
Review No:951
The Congress 50 Word Film Review

Robin Wright sells a digital copy of herself to a studio which years later takes on a life of its own. A film with so many complex ideas it smothers itself, developing few of them fully. It’s undeniably visually dazzling, but struggles to communicate its intent verbally. Fascinating and frustrating.

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Harry Brown 50 Word Film Review

August 26th 2014 21:51
(2009) Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Iain Glenn, Jack O'Connell, Liam Cunningham, David Bradley. Dir: Daniel Barber.
Review No:950
Harry Brown 50 Word Film Review

An old soldier living on a council estate becomes vigilante when a friend is killed by violent gangs. Exploitation style does somewhat undermine social commentary, as does the sudden escalation in the third acting, which stunts promising sub-plots. But it’s stylish and suspenseful and Caine’s humane performance is very affecting.

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Dark Water 50 Word Film Review

August 24th 2014 23:21
(2002) Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Fumiyo Kohinata. Dir: Hideo Nakata.
Review No:949
Dark Water 50 Word Film Review

A fragile single mother moves into a new apartment with a persistent leak and ghostly apparitions. A slow build-up of tension is one thing but this teases for two long and doesn’t really payoff. And it really lacks the kind of crescendo that made Nakata’s Ring so memorable.

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(2014) Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan. Dir: James Gunn.
Review No:948
Guardians of the Galaxy 50 Word Film Review

A thief finds a powerful artefact and teams with a group of criminals to sell it. Stock characters embark on a predictable story arc while wading through an incomprehensible plot in order to defeat a tedious non-entity, culminating in another big sky battle. But it’s funny, so everything’s fine apparently.

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Gothic 50 Word Film Review

August 15th 2014 22:14
(1986) Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson, Myriam Cyr, Timothy Spall. Dir: Ken Russell.
Review No:447
Gothic 50 Word Film Review

The untold story of the Shelley’s meeting with Lord Byron and his doctor at Villa Diodati, which led to the creation of Frankenstein. There’s a story somewhere but Russell’s more interested in gothic trappings and rumpy-pumpy than coherence, rushing through dialogue and making this hard-to-follow and falling short of suspense.

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