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The Curse Of Sleeping Beauty (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

May 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Curse Of Sleeping Beauty (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

In a really different and creative horror film, three worlds come together in an old mansion that seems to bring together our world with a world of demons and a third where the story of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is working itself out. A modern man inherits the mansion and the curse that goes along with it. […]

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Sacrifice (2016) (movie review).

April 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Sacrifice (2016) (movie review).

‘Sacrifice’ has a few tense moments and a few ideas borrowed from better-made films, notably ‘The Wicker Man’ but there is not a lot for an experienced horror fan. An obstetrician and her husband move to the Shetland Islands and begin to find clues that something sinister is happening on the islands. Radha Mitchell, veteran […]

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Clouds Over Europe (1939) (a film retrospective/review by Mark R. Leeper).

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Clouds Over Europe (1939) (a film retrospective/review by Mark R. Leeper).

In a plot similar to ‘You Only Live Twice’, new British planes being tested are being plucked out of the sky and are disappearing without a trace. A British intelligence officer rejects the leading theory that the plane disappearances are coincidence. He goes off looking for the truth. Meanwhile, a test pilot also thinks that […]

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) – (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

March 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) – (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Michelle is leading a normal life when she has a car accident and wakes up to find herself in an underground cell that, as she is told, was why she survived the end of the world outside. She does not know if she should elude her captor or co-operate with the man who saved her […]

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

January 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
JeruZalem (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Footage presumably found in one of the holiest cities in the world show how two young American tourists in Jerusalem see the sights, including a few they never wanted to. Somehow they are there when a gate to Hell opens. Out come demon-like zombies (or is it zombie-like demons?). The Paz Brothers (Doron and Yoav) […]

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

January 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Anomalisa (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘Anomalisa’employs stop-motion animation for what is a very adult story. Two strangers meet going to a conference and one, a celebrated author on the subject of customer service, ironically is just not a people person. He does however meet Lisa, who is a bit intimidated by his fame. Michael is anxious to manipulate Lisa to […]

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

January 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

After about a decade, we have a new ‘Star Wars’ episode. The story is really about the search for Luke Skywalker, a goal that does not seem particularly inspiring. As always in a ‘Star Wars’ film, the visuals are impressive but the narrative is not as compelling as was the story of Darth Vader. The […]

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

January 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Sicario (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Denis Villeneuve directs a suspenseful story of an inter-surveillance-agency team chosen for a mission to illegally cross the border into Mexico and to attack and if possible assassinate a powerful drug lord living in Juarez. FBI agent Kate Macer needs to figure out why she is on this team and mission and is highly troubled […]

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

January 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Macbeth (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Slow and uninspiring, Justin Kurzel’s mutes all but Shakespeare’s words to take away any thrill from this version of the Scottish play. Lighting that obscures more than it illuminates mutes even the strength of the Shakespeare’s words. He cannot damage has good story, but he seems to be trying hard. Rating: low +2 on the […]

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Turbo Kid (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

December 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
Turbo Kid (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘Road Warrior’ on BMX bikes. From the viewpoint of a 1980s-style SF film, we see a cinematic adventure in 1997 after the coming great apocalypse. The Kid on one of the bikes gets military super-weapons and makes himself a super-hero. Together, he and his newfound friends (a girl and a tall cowboy), are pitted against […]

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