Saturday, July 29, 2017
Friday, July 28, 2017
A young lad from west Belfast in the late 1980s who is recruited by the British Police to spy on the IRA.
Fast-paced and well-made Northern Ireland thriller that does manage to avoid political bias, but is not so careful considering facts (the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998 and not in 2007 as mentioned in the epilogue).
Maltin**: "Taut, fact-based account...Both a well-made thriller and a character study of McGartland and the impact his informing has on his life."
During experiments to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, a genetically-enhanced chimpanzee uses its greater intelligence to lead other apes to freedom.
Fresh and new entry to the series, standard entertainment worth a view.
On renewed viewing: More enjoyable than I remember, has wonderful effects and makes you root for the apes.
Maltin**1/2: "Reinvention of the PLANET OF THE APES starts out so well it seems a shame it winds up like a cheesy monster movie of the 50s, with 21st-century visual effects. Everything we see seems absolutely real, including Caesar, played in performance-capture by Serkis. Screenplay is rife with references to the 1968 movie and its sequels."
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.
A succession of effectively set horror scenes without any main characters (except the ghosts) is not enough to make this a coherent cinematic experience.
Maltin***: "Not a story as such, but a series of eerie images, some quietly creepy, others outright terrifying, made in the same unnerving style as RINGU."
A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."
Unusual found-footage horror movie presents itself as documentary with divers sources, but artfully weaves together a coherent tale about a demonic supernatural entity; it does create an atmosphere of dread for those susceptible to its premise.