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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 sees 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 the 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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(1934) Victor McLaglen, Carl Brisson, Jack Oakie, Kitty Carlisle, Gertrude Michael, Toby Wing, Jessie Ralph, Duke Ellington. Dir: Mitchell Leisen.
Review No:974
Murder at the Vanities 50 Word Film Review

A singer threatens blackmail when her co-star gets engaged – but then someone’s killed before show time. A decent whodunnit with mystery and intrigue and a few unexpected turns so it's not too obvious. There are lavish, mildly naughty musical numbers too, although they're padding out the running time.

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Pride 50 Word Film Review

November 13th 2014 00:04
(2014) Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, George MacKay, Joseph Gilgun, Ben Schnetzer. Dir: Matthew Warchus.
Review No:973
Pride 50 Word Film Review

A gay rights group decide to lend their support to striking Welsh miners in the 80s. A strong ensemble shine a light on some forgotten history, but it’s shot through that matey, bright and bubbly Brit-film lens that keeps things too safe and undersells the quality of the writing.

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(1973) Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Diana Dors, Georgia Brown, Keith Barron, Gwyneth Strong, Fulton Mackay. Dir: Peter Sasdy.
Review No:972
Nothing But The Night 50 Word Film Review

Several connected murders and the survivor of a bus accident lead to a disturbing secret. There are ideas, but it leaps in without barely a first act, can’t decide who the main character is and unloads an information dump in the last ten minutes that’s difficult to swallow. A mess.

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The Lost One 50 Word Film Review

November 7th 2014 00:09
(1951) Peter Lorre, Karl John, Helmuth Rudolph, Johanna Hofer, Renate Mannhardt, Eva Ingeborg Scholz. Dir: Peter Lorre.
Review No:971
The Lost One 50 Word Film Review


A German doctor in a post-WW2 refugee camp shares secrets with an acquaintance thought dead. Lorre’s only film as director isn’t cheery – a meditation on the act of killing and whether any motivation is can be accepted or forgiven. Unsurprisingly wasn’t a hit with contemporary audiences but deserves more attention.

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(1986) Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey, Jeffrey Jones. Dir: John Hughes.
Review No:970
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 50 Word Film Review

A savvy teen plays truant with friends much to the displeasure of his sister and deputy-principle. Works so well because it plays to everyone’s experience of not just growing up, but of wanting to break rules, beat the system and get away with it. Also bloody funny with great characters.

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Maps to the Stars 50 Word Film Review

November 2nd 2014 00:13
(2014) Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, Evan Bird. Dir: David Cronenberg.
Review No:969
Maps to the Stars 50 Word Film Review

A burn victim gets a job for an ageing starlet desperate for a role while a teen star gets his career back on track. There have been Hollywood corruption stories but this breaks grotesque new ground. It’s a world where incestuous corruption is so terminal that it becomes a supernatural force that can only terrifyingly implode.

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