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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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Red-Headed Woman 50 Word Film Review

August 13th 2014 20:56
(1932) Jean Harlow, Chester Morris, Lewis Stone, Charles Boyer, Una Merkel. Leila Hyams. Dir: Jack Conway.
Review No:948
Red-Headed Woman 50 Word Film Review

A woman sets her eyes on a wealthy man and is determined to brake up his marriage. A decision was made to play this scarlet woman melodrama as a comedy, but a lingering sense of some point being made remains – goodness knows what; no group comes off well. Broadly fun.

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(1958) Vincent Price, Brett Halsey, David Frankham, John Sutton, Dan Seymour. Dir: Edward Bernds.
Review No:947
Return of the Fly 50 Word Film Review

The son of the original ‘Fly’ tries to continue his father’s experiments, but someone plots to steal them. Script and photography are better than you’d expect from a B sequel, but falls foul of what the original worked hard to avoid: a man running around with a big plastic head.

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The Fly (1958)

August 10th 2014 00:06
David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall. Dir: Kurt Neumann.
Review No:946
The Fly 50 Word Film Review

Scientist creates a matter transporter, but horrible consequences occur when a fly’s transported with him. Pushes reveal back a little far, perhaps because makers saw weakness of having man running around with plastic fly head. Though Hedison creates surprising amount of silent pathos and with strong construction remains very entertaining.

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Mood Indigo 50 Word Film Review

August 6th 2014 22:23
(2013) Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy, Aïssa Maïga, Charlotte Le Bon. Dir: Michel Gondry.
Review No:946
Mood Indigo 50 Word Film Review

A man falls for the woman of his dreams but a rare disease threatens their happiness. May depend on your love for Gondry. Tweeness, quirkiness and whimsy are turned to 11 at the expense of character, rhythm and substance. You’ll either love it or hate it – and I hated it.

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(1963) Vincent Price, Debra Paget, Lon Chaney Jr, Frank Maxwell. Dir: Roger Corman.
Review No:945
The Haunted Palace 50 Word Film Review

The townsfolk of Arkham aren’t welcoming to a man whose evil ancestor put a curse on the town. Welcome return to seriousness for Corman’s Poe cycle, with noticeable rise in budget. But little that’s set up pays off and Price has little to do but sneer in what should’ve been a great dual role.

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See also: The Raven (1963), ,The Pit and the Pendulum.




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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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