Saturday, May 7, 2016
Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises as the First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.
Successful rejuvenation of the Star Wars saga marrying its original antics with a modern view and a great, likable cast of new young heroes.
Friday, May 6, 2016
A senatorial candidate falls for a hotel maid, thinking she is a socialite when he sees her trying on a wealthy woman's dress.
Despite a star cast and a well-versed director this attempt to recreate a classic sreball comedy is lacklustre and hardly ever manages to produce any excitement - or laughs.
Halliwell (no star): "Trite, sickly, Cinderella romance with a miscast Fiennes, who, like his co-star, shows little talent for comedy."
Maltin***: "...a frothy, old-fashioned Cinderella story...Formulaic to be sure, but Fiennes' charm and Lopez's believability as a hardworking make it an enjoyable romantic fantasy."
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
It's effective as a horror movie (although it takes an hour to build up the thrills) and counts as a classic of the genre, but the idea is still as silly as it was in the 70s; unfortunately, it inspired a whole series of likewise irrational movies loosely based on Christian themes.
Halliwell*: "Spectacularly ludicrous mishmash with unconfortable attention to physical detail and no talent for narrative or verisimilitude. Its sensational aspects, together with a sudden worldwide need for the supernatural, assured its enormous commercial success."
Maltin***1/2: "Intense, well-mounted adaptation of William Peter Blatty's best-seller, calculated to keep your stomach in knots from start to finish."