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Bokeh (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

March 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Bokeh (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Bringing up memories of the more engaging ‘The Quiet Earth’ (1985), ‘Bokeh’ concerns a young (American?) couple, Jenai and Riley, vacationing in Iceland when nearly everybody in the world mysteriously disappears. The two people are the inheritors of Iceland with its beautiful natural scenery and without any Icelanders anywhere. In fact, they are without any […]

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Dig Two Graves (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

March 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dig Two Graves (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Teenager Jake is wracked with guilt about her part in the accidental death of her brother Sean. She believes she would do just about anything to get him back. Then three mysterious figures appear to her with an offer to restore her brother back to being alive. But for this seemingly impossible service, they want […]

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Atomica (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

March 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Atomica (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘Atomica’ is a Science Fiction mystery set in the near future and involving the last nuclear power plant and two men who operate it. When its communications go off-line, an engineer is sent to restore the connection. She finds more questions than answers. This is a low-budget and claustrophobic film, most of which takes place […]

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Tickling Giants (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

March 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Tickling Giants (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

CAPSULE: Dr. Bassem Youssef was a heart surgeon in Cairo who was fascinated by ‘The Daily Show’ and its host Jon Stewart. He quit medicine and started his own satirical daily show, patterning himself after Stewart, but in a country where extremists can be deadly. This documentary, heavily laced with humour and satire, tells the […]

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Kong: Skull Island (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

March 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Kong: Skull Island (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘Kong: Skull Island’ has its share of excitement and effective acting, but the film does not fit with any other ‘Kong’ film ever made as prequel, sequel or coquel. The script is creative where it needs to be and funny where it needs to be. If you think you wouldn’t like a live-action film about […]

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Brimstone (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

March 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Brimstone (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Told in four chapters, this is the grim and painful story of a woman dominated by men on the American frontier. The story is presented in Grand Guignol style with a feeling that writer/director Martin Koolhoven is behind it all winking at the audience. Take this film seriously and it is little but a pointlessly […]

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Lavender (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

March 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Lavender (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Warning: Spoiler at the end of this review An amnesiac has a spectacular car accident that shakes loose some hidden memories of her younger self. Obsessively trying to piece together her past, she goes to live at the farmhouse of her youth. Canadian director Ed Gass-Donnelly co-writes and directs this mysterious melodrama involving a woman […]

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Road To The Well (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

February 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Road To The Well (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

CAPSULE: Two friends, recently reunited after years apart, take a road trip to bury a dead woman, currently in the trunk of their car. On the way, they come across some really unpleasant people and obstacles to overcome in their dubious mission. The plot moves slowly enough for ‘Road To The Well’ to qualify for […]

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Star Wars: Rogue One (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

January 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Rogue One (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ is the story of the early days of the Rebel Alliance that first appeared in the original 1977 ‘Star Wars’ film. A new young hero is introduced, Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones). The story is grim and gritty with a fairly complex plot that ties up loose ends from the […]

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The Stolen Lyric Movie (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

January 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Stolen Lyric Movie (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

CAPSULE: To all appearances, this is not so much a film as it is a stunt to set a legal precedent. An entire animated film has only fragments of rock songs comprising its audio track. The audio track is 555 song fragments legally copied from 129 rock singers. Chase Peter Garrettson writes and directs. Rating: […]

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