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7 Guardians Of The Tomb (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

February 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
7 Guardians Of The Tomb  (2018)  (a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

CAPSULE: In the first Chinese-Australian film co-production an ancient Chinese emperor guards the secret of immortality, hidden in an underground cave and the Emperor is guarded by an army of spiders bigger than a man’s hand. Crawly things that guard a tomb go back at least as far as the 1999 version of ‘The Mummy’. […]

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Entanglement (2018) (film review by Mark R. Leeper).

February 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
Entanglement (2018) (film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘Entanglement’ is a pleasant but forgettable relationship film suggested by inaccurately applied laws of physics. Ben is a poor, woebegone soul who finds a woman who is his exact opposite and somehow the two are forever connected. Ben’s life can find its centre only if he finds this theoretical woman. Scripter Jason Filiatrault has an […]

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Opera (1987/2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

January 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Opera (1987/2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

In 1987 Dario Argento, one of Italy’s best-known horror directors, used ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ as the inspiration for a story of a maniac stalking the members of an opera company. This is one of Argento’s most graphically horrific pieces. As a film of the Italian ‘giallo’ genre, it has its share of jump scares […]

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

December 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

As we left the ‘Star Wars’ story two years and two chapters ago, Rey has found the missing Luke Skywalker but he now lives and looks like a monk. He refuses to bring Rey into the Jedi Order. Meanwhile the First Order is preparing an insidious attack against the Rebellion. The Jedi have not gone […]

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The 19th Annual Animation Show Of Shows (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

December 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
The 19th Annual Animation Show Of Shows (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

There are two or three annual films that are collections of animated films that go on tours. One is composed of the animated films that are nominated for Academy Awards that year. ‘The Animation Show Of Shows’ is different. It is just a good collection of films. Some are fairly recent, one or two may […]

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

December 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Post (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

In 1971 the owner of the Washington Post is faced with a constitutional issue of whether to publish the contents of the Pentagon Papers or to allow the government to gag her newspaper. Steven Spielberg directs a good cast led by Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Ben Bradlee (Hanks) editor-in-chief is pushing publisher Kay Graham […]

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The Shape Of Water (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

December 7, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
The Shape Of Water (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

SPOILER WARNING: This review gives away a big piece of the plot of the film. A military project is examining a captive amphibian-man. A cleaning woman befriends the amphibian-man and decides to try to set him free. Michael Shannon ‘s performance is a major high spot. Rating: high +1 (-4 to +4) or 6/10 By […]

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

November 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Daguerreotype (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a writer and director almost unknown in the United States, is superb at creating an atmosphere of dread and suspense as he did with ‘Pulse’. This film is a cut below that film. A famous fashion photographer takes daguerreotype pictures of his daughter in memory of his dead wife. His new photographic assistant […]

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

November 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

After 35 years, the classic Science Fiction film ‘Blade Runner’ gets a sequel directed by Denis Villeneuve and based on a screenplay by Hampton Fancher, amongst others. The story concerns a search for the author of the false memories implanted in replicants. The film is a long 163 minutes starting at a contemplative, not to […]

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Cold Moon (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

October 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cold Moon (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

In a small backwater town in Florida a teen-ager has gone missing. She lives with her grandmother who is deeply worried about the lost girl. Griff Furst directs this adaption by Jack Snyder of Michael McDowell’s novel, ‘Cold Moon Over Babylon’. The story is either a psychological or a supernatural thriller. You can take your […]

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