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Leviathan 50 Word Film Review

March 23rd 2015 13:00
(2014) Aleksei Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Roman Madyanov. Dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev.
Review No:1012
Leviathan 50 Word Film Review

A Russian man and his lawyer take on a corrupt mayor who wants to demolish his home. At least 1984 takes place in fantasy world – Leviathan’s world is too real, too hopeless, too devastating. It’s a miracle it got made in Russia, though sounds plenty of warnings about regimes elsewhere.

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It Follows 50 Word Film Review

March 8th 2015 22:45
(2015) Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Jake Weary, Daniel Zovatto, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe. Dir: David Robert Mitchell.
Review No:1011
It Follows 50 Word Film Review

After sex with her boyfriend, a girl discovers he’s passed a malignant spirit to her that will pursue her relentlessly. Frightful fun with an endearingly retro setting, strong sense of character and a great deal of suspense. Not scary though - would’ve benefited from some subtly instead of doom-laden synth battering.

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Deranged 50 Word Film Review

March 5th 2015 23:36
(1974) Roberts Blossom, Cosette Lee, Leslie Carlson, Robert Warner. Dir: Alan Ormsby, Jeff Gillen.
Review No:1010
Deranged 50 Word Film Review

A man can’t let go when his mother dies, so he digs her corpse up, then more corpses… Closer to reality than other Ed-Gein-inspired scare stories. Does that thing only horror films can, making its rough edges add to its uncomfortable atmosphere, combining carnival grotesque with uncomfortable, almost home-movie-like sequences.

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(1955) Bette Davis, Richard Todd, Joan Collins, Jay Robinson, Herbert Marshall, Dan O'Herlihy, Robert Douglas. Dir: Henry Koster.
Review No:1009
The Virgin Queen 50 Word Film Review

The ambitious Walter Raleigh manages to curry the favour of Queen Elizabeth. The costumes and colour are ravishing, and Davis’ performance is barnstorming. Not that Todd or Collins aren’t good fun themselves too - this fanciful historical romp hits all the right notes.

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(2014) Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine. Dir: Matthew Vaughn
Review No:1008
Kingsmen the secret service 50 word film review

A tearaway is recruited into a secret spy agency by an agent who knew his father. Generally good fun, but the joke starts to wear thin by the end, when it very much becomes the genre it was initially sending up, and not particularly spectacularly.

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Cube 50 Word Film Review

February 22nd 2015 21:21
(1997) Nicole de Boer, Nicky Guadagni, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller, Julian Richings, Wayne Robson, Maurice Dean Wint. Dir: Vincenzo Natali.
Review No:1007
Cube 50 Word Film Review

A group of strangers awake in a strange maze of rooms, many containing lethal traps. It has its good points - some very successful suspense sequences and character arcs you might not have predicted. But the script is a bit weak, and the conspiracy theories/hypotheses thrown around are complete cobblers.

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Inherent Vice 50 Film Review

February 17th 2015 21:59
(2014) Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Martin Short. Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
Inherent Vice 50 Word Film Review

A stoner PI is tasked by an ex-girlfriend to prevent her boyfriend from being committed by his wife. Knowing film noir and the American crime fiction tradition will help in understanding this postmodern pastiche. A witty, surreal and rewarding experience for those who can digest it, but too long.

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A Most Violent Year 50 Word Film Review

February 12th 2015 23:15
(2015) Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks. Dir: J. C. Chandor.
Review No:1005
A Most Violent Year 50 Word Film Review

An oil distributer struggles to grow his business without resorting to the criminality of his competitors. Cements Chandor as one America’s best new filmmakers. A tense slow-burn that asks just how we define criminality, and looks forward to the corrupt business empires of the modern world.

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Asphalt 50 Word Review

February 8th 2015 01:06
(1928) Gustav Fröhlich, Else Heller, Albert Steinruck, Betty Amann. Dir: Joe May.
Review No:1003
Asphalt 50 Word Film Review

A policeman is consumed with guilt when an attractive jewel thief seduces him to avoid arrest. The story is paper thin, but the cinematography is exquisite and there are moments of strong drama and eroticism to maintain the interest.

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The Big Circus 50 Word Film Review

February 5th 2015 13:16
(1959) Victor Mature, Red Buttons, Rhonda Fleming, Kathryn Grant, Vincent Price, Gilbert Roland. Dir: Joseph M. Newman.
Review No:1002
The Big Circus 50 Word Film Review

A circus owner must tolerate an accountant and a PR woman as his show struggles to break even. A lot’s been spent on the production, it’s just a shame the results aren't more impressive. It’s watchable, but neither the script nor direction raise much higher than average.

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