Starring: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson Director: George Cukor There have been several versions of A Star Is Born, and there's set to be another one out this year. There's something about the story of the meteoric rise of the starlet while her famous love and mentor takes a massive fall that's so dark… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: A Star Is Born (1954)
Olivia and Markie have been best friends since high school. Now at university together, they head off for their last Spring Break in Mexico with a group of their closest friends. At a bar on the last night of their holiday, Olivia lets a cute guy buy her a drink and convinces her friends to head off with him to a spooky house to have a few last drinks. When they end up playing a game of Truth Or Dare, the friends soon find that they’ve started something they can’t finish. Something evil within the game won’t let them stop playing. If they refuse to play, they die, if they choose “dare” they may not survive, and if they choose truth, their lives might be destroyed by the secrets they hide from each other.
The idea that a game could be haunted isn’t new, but one that doesn’t have a…
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Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins Director: Roar Uthaug Lara Croft (Vikander) refuses to live off her father's (West) money and makes her own way in the world after he goes missing on a mysterious mission. But when he has to be declared dead after 7 years, Croft uncovers the location of the island… Continue reading Tomb Raider (2018)
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, Anne Shirley Director: King Vidor Based on a well known novel that was already made into a silent film in 1925, this version of Stella Dallas is powerful and dramatic without ever being overly sentimental or emotional. It's the story of a working class woman (Stanwyck) who marries a man… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Stella Dallas (1937)
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In rural America, the Abbott family try to survive in the aftermath of an invasion by strange creatures that hunt by sound. If you make a sound, they hear you and they hunt you with an incredible strength and speed. Survival is not easy. With one deaf child struggling, and another child on the way, is silence really possible? Can they survive?
It’s an incredible idea for a film, and with Emily Blunt and John Krasinski in the lead roles as the parents of the family, it seems like a sure fire winner. But sadly, it doesn’t deliver.
The film suffers from a few key problems of which horror films are prone, but the key issue is that it’s fairly slow and lurches from one situation to another, as though you’re watching a list of situations that someone has come up with in a room…
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Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillen, Kevin Hart, Jack Black Director: Jake Kasdan Jumanji, the evil board game that sucks people in and traps them or unleashes jungle creatures into the homes of the players has evolved. Since no one plays board games, it hides itself as a computer console, and tricks four teens in detention… Continue reading Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)
Starring: Madison Wolfe, Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots Director: Anders Walter Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe) has problems. She has no friends and being raised by her older sister means her home life is chaotic. But Barbara has a bigger problem. No one else knows, but her town is being threatened by giants. Giants only she can… Continue reading Preview: I Kill Giants (2017)
Starring: Jayne Mansfield, Tom Ewell, Edmond O'Brien Director: Frank Tashlin You won't find many Jayne Mansfield movies in academic lists of classic films. Partly because she didn't make very many before she died in a car accident, and partly because her films are not considered very high brow. Many people felt that she was the… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Girl Can’t Help It (1956)
Starring: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, Neal McDonough Director: Zak Hilditch Based on a novella by Stephen King, 1922 is the story of a farmer whose wife has brought a large parcel of land into the marriage, but which she wishes to sell. Since he can't stop her, he plots to kill her instead,… Continue reading 1922 (2017)
Starring: Claude Rains, Lon Chaney Jr, Bela Lugosi, Warren Williams, Evelyn Ankers Director: George Waggner Part of the Universal monsters cycle, The Wolf Man is an enduring horror classic. While there had been werewolf movies before this, this was the one that grabbed audiences by the throat and made them sit up and take notice.… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Wolf Man (1941)