Saturday, July 30, 2016
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.
An otherwise silly premise (and plot) is turned into a successful comedy thanks to tongue-in-cheek direction and a valiant, good-humored cast of characters.
Halliwell*: "Crude farce with expensive special effects. It took more money - millions more - than Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, which must say something about the age we live in."
Maltin***: "The first multimillion-dollar scare comedy...Engagingly offbeat, even subdued at times, with Murray's flippant personality nicely contrasting Richard Edlund's eye-popping special effects. Great fun all the way..."
The story of British cook and writer Nigel Slater's childhood.
Above-average TV biopic, well produced and with a great cast, is initially heart-rendering and endearing, but eventually evolves into a story of its protagonist's coming of age.
Maltin**: "Flavorful film is a great showcase for Bonham Carter and Stott."
A woman sets out to regain the affections of her cheating husband Donald Gibson after she returns from a trip to Paris, where she had to look after her sick mother.
Slight comedy, well-made with an adequate cast, quite modern in its depiction of sexual relationships, but it shows that it's an adaptation of a stage play.
Maltin***: "Highly amusing, sophisticated comedy-drama of sexual politics."
Friday, July 29, 2016
The manager of a halfway house for female ex-cons takes action when a blackmailer threatens to expose her secret.
Likable, easy-going, but otherwise unremarkable little crime story with a good, almost all-female cast.
Halliwell (no star): "An interesting notion - a retirement home for genteel female crooks - becomes mired in an uninteresting story of blackmail an murder."
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
A huge, seemingly alien structure has been found jutting out of the earth sending parasites from the center of the earth to infiltrate the town, taking control of the authorities and workers.
Hilariously bad Sci-fi shocker with a very limited entertainment value, even as a baddie; notable for offering an early Leonard Nimoy in a small role - and an extra point goes to the great movie poster.
Halliwell (no star): "Low-budget imitation of Invasion of The Body Snatchers, but with little evidence of intelligence in its making."
Maltin**: "Some mildly scary moments."