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Wonder Woman (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

May 15, 2018 | By | 2 Replies More
Wonder Woman (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Zach Snyder directs the film adaptation of the comic book super-hero Diana, played by Gal Gadot. As introspective as we could expect from a super-hero film, ‘Wonder Woman’ takes place in the closing days of WW1 when Diana follows American flyer Steve Trevor to the trenches of the French Army where the Germans are brewing […]

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The Greatest Showman (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

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The Greatest Showman (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘The Greatest Showman’ is a largely fictionalised and very glitzy account of the life of Phineas T. Barnum who went from suffering severe poverty to being one of the richest men in the world as the inventor of a new art form, the American circus. It dramatises several of the more familiar incidents of his […]

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

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

The government is holding a girl, age nine, who has the mental powers of Hannibal Lector plus some that Lector never had. A psychologist is brought in to solve the riddle of the super-intelligent but dangerous girl. There are very strong performances from Richard Neil as the psychologist and especially Savannah Liles as the child. […]

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Annihilation (original soundtrack) by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury (MP3 music review).

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Annihilation (original soundtrack) by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury (MP3 music review).

Alex Burrow and Ben Salisbury had previously scored ‘Ex Machina’, also directed by Alex Garland. To begin with, the story of ‘’Annihilation’ is intentionally disorienting. Somewhere on the eastern seaboard, a region square miles in size seems to have undergone a radical transformation. Only a little way inside the perimeter is visible. In this region […]

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Annihilation (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

February 28, 2018 | By | 2 Replies More
Annihilation (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Alex Garland, who wrote and directed the excellent ‘Ex Machina’, has co-written and directed a second film, ‘Annihilation’ (based on the excellent 2014 novel by Jeff VanderMeer). A strange expanse has turned into ‘the Shimmer’, a square-mile-wide region where the laws of physics no longer work. After scores of men have failed to return from […]

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The Sect (1991) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

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The Sect (1991) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘The Sect’ aka ‘The Devil’s Daughter (1991’ is not great, but it is an unexpectedly satisfying supernatural suspense film. A schoolteacher nearly hits a very old man on the road. She invites him into her home only to find out he seems to know more about her house than she does. He seems to know […]

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

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

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’. This […]

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

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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).

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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).

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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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