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War For the Planet Of The Apes (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

July 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
War For the Planet Of The Apes (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Four years after the war started in the last ‘Planet Of The Apes’ film, Caesar, an intelligent ape, wants to end the fighting. But first he wants vengeance on the leader of a paramilitary organisation who killed Caesar’s wife and son. Director Matt Reeves looks not so much for a realistic war but for an […]

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The Midnighters (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

June 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Midnighters (2017)    (a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

CAPSULE: ‘The Midnighters’ is a short, sharp shock of a crime film, keenly directed. It is helmed by Julian Fort, who also wrote the screenplay. Leon Russom plays Victor, a safecracker being paroled after 35 years. He has every intention of going straight with the rules of parole until his son shows up unexpectedly with […]

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Aaron’s Blood (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

June 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Aaron’s Blood (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

What is a father to do when his beloved son is becoming a vampire? A father has to choose the lesser evil of betraying or allowing his son to kill. Writer-director Tommy Stovall gives us a complex vampire film that delves more deeply into its characters than most modern horror pieces. Rating: high +1 (-4 […]

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Be Afraid (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

June 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Be Afraid (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Director Drew Gabreki manages to create an atmosphere of dread from a cliché-ridden plot supplied by scriptwriter Gerald Nott. A successful doctor escapes the big city and goes to live in a small idyllic Pennsylvania. The results are just about what horror fans would expect. The story is more complex than it at first appears, […]

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

April 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Bethany (2017)  (a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

CAPSULE: ‘Bethany’ is a film of psychological and paranormal horror. A woman who had a painful childhood years before and who suffers from scary visions returns to live in the house she grew up in. She starts having increasingly violent hallucinations. While the film is tightly and tensely shot with some disturbing imagery, the script […]

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The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

March 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Mysterious goings-on go on at an all-girl Catholic school over winter break. The film is shot with an excess of style that got in the way of the coherence. The freezing setting of upstate New York reaches into the tone of the entire film and even the spirit of the viewer. The ambience is certainly […]

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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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