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Movie reviews, Cinema and DVD

Friday, October 13, 2017

Tennis Tempest

Battle of the Sexes brings back the 70s in style

In 1973, the world tuned in to a TV spectacle – a tennis match. But not any old tennis match, this was one for the ages, the match that would prove once and for all that men were better than women that was dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes.” There were actually two of these matches in 1973, although the one that is the focus of the new movie Battle of the Sexes was the one that was a worldwide TV event (although the first one is also depicted in the movie).

Friday, September 29, 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

A bold new take on the action-spy film

Back in February 2014, 20th Century Fox released Kingsman: The Secret Service, a bold new take on the action-spy film, almost a modern version of the classic Bond films with eye-popping visuals, great action and music, irreverent humor, and a cast of mostly unknown actors (at least stateside) lead by Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson (that film also gave Sofia Boutella her first major screen role). Of course the scene that got people talking, and probably contributed to the film’s success, was the amazingly choreographed fight scene with Firth and a horde of people locked inside a church which, shockingly, ended with his character Harry Hart, aka Galahad (his Kingsman code name), shot in the head, right through the left eye. As Hart was truly the heart of the film, one had to wonder how they could do a sequel without him.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

‘It’ knows what Scares you

Stephen King pushes red buttons

In 1986, Stephen King’s 18th novel was released set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine – a place King would return to in three subsequent novels. In 1990, ABC aired a two-part, four-hour miniseries that garnered good reviews, big ratings, and has become a cult classic, making Tim Curry an overnight sensation, 15 years after becoming an overnight sensation from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That novel and miniseries was It and now the movie has finally made its way to the big screen where it can delve a little deeper into King’s novel than a TV movie ever could (but some of the seriously messed up stuff from the book was still a bit much for the film, and for good reason... we’ll just leave it at that).

Friday, September 01, 2017

Beach, Please!

The year 2017 got off to a dismal start in terms of good movies, with only a few decent ones at the multiplexes (including Get Out, T2: Trainspotting, Baby Driver, Wonder Woman, and Colossal). However, the biggest dud of all has washed ashore in a Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD combo pack for home viewing. Baywatch (Paramount), presented in skin-shaking Dolby, based on the insipid and jiggly NBC / syndicated series that dominated the 1990s and made the wooden David Hasselhoff a household name, is a waterlogged mess with no means of resuscitation.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Delivering the Scares

Annabelle: Creation shows dolls aren’t always child's play

It’s been three years since we first saw the cursed Annabelle doll in her own movie (don’t forget she was actually introduced in the original The Conjuring), in what was a 1970s set “origin story.” But with the film’s success, it was inevitable that there would be a sequel and, surprise, we get a prequel instead!

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