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Somnus (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Somnus (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Warning: SPOILERS A commercial spaceship from the year 2252 runs into technical problems followed by the ship’s computer guidance system trying to kill the crew, an idea perhaps borrowed from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. The problems on board cause the ship to divert to the asteroid Somnus. There, they find a cult whose believers are […]

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I.T. (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

September 18, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
I.T. (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Pierce Brosnan plays Mike Regan, a very-wealthy entrepreneur who is about to start a new enterprise that will make him super-wealthy. But no sooner is his new corporation started then his efforts are hit by an Internet hacker with seemingly unlimited cyber-powers. Regan finds he must fight to save his business and his family. John […]

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The People Garden (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

September 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
The People Garden (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

CAPSULE: Somewhere in this 83 minute mystery story, ‘The People Garden’, there is a mediocre 20 minute film struggling to get out. A 20 something woman goes to Japan to find her missing rock star boyfriend and then to break up with him. The search leads her to a possibly supernatural Japanese forest where her […]

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Star Trek Beyond (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Star Trek Beyond (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Justin Lin of the ‘Fast & Furious’ films directs the new ‘Star Trek’ film with an adventure a little scaled-down from the previous film and much more like an episode of the original TV series. We are given a lot of action, as we might expect with Lin, but the story has an old MacGuffin […]

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Killer Party (formerly ‘Shower’) (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

August 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Killer Party (formerly ‘Shower’) (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

A group of Los Angeles young professionals is having a baby shower for one of their number and, wouldn’t you know it, just when the party is getting going a zombie outbreak spreads to the party neighbourhood and nobody knows who will be the next to zombify and turn on the others. Freshman writer and […]

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Sun Choke (2016) : a film review by Mark R. Leeper

August 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Sun Choke (2016) : a film review by Mark R. Leeper

Warning: this film contains nudity, sex, and violence. CAPSULE: A young woman is held prisoner in a fancy house while she goes through what seems to be some sort of a de-programming. She tests the tight limits on her freedom and plans how to escape to the outer world. Intercut with her present situation, we […]

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Rising Tides (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

June 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Rising Tides (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

This is a generally well-made documentary examining the rising of sea level, the land erosion it causes and how the problem is manifesting itself globally. It reports on the crisis and contains several interviews with government officials, experts, and victims commenting on the size of the problem and what is being done to counter it. […]

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Southbound (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

June 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Southbound (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

A powerful variation on the multi-story film. ‘Southbound’ is five horrific stories, each of which fades into the next. Some of the story types are familiar, some new. All take place along or around a nearly empty California highway without a number. Six writers, four of whom direct the film, give us a well-made and weird […]

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The Lobster (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

June 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Lobster (2016)  (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

[WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD: This review tells some of the rules of the strange world the story is set in.] This is an absurdist comedy drama that drops the viewer in a world where people who are single have a limited time to find a mate or they have to be turned into an animal, but […]

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Therapy For A Vampire (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

June 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Therapy For A Vampire (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘Therapy For A Vampire’ is is a genuinely funny vampire comedy that takes a playful look at its characters and at vampire lore. There is lots of visual humour and the film is well photographed. Writer-director David Ruhm seems to have researched his subject and wrings laughs from little-known facets of folklore. Rating: high +2 […]

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