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  • Fright Night

    Fright Night

    ★★★★

    Tom Holland made his directorial debut with Fright Night, having first made a name for himself writing 1983’s sequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, which had a script good enough to lure Anthony Perkins back to play Norman Bates. Hitchcock’s oeuvre was perhaps on Holland’s mind when he came up with Fright Night, as the concept has a faint nod to Rear Window—with 17-year-old Charlie Brewster (William Ragsdale) spying on his next-door neighbour Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon) and realising he’s a…

  • The Burning

    The Burning

    ★★★

    Quite an interesting early slasher, chasing the coattails of Friday the 13th (1980), by utilising the Staten Island urban legend of Cropsy--a murdered summer camp caretaker who takes his revenge. It's very low-budget, but fairly effective in places--although there are some howlers that really show up the production (like a shot of a murdered girl that's just a still image taken from much earlier in the movie).

    What stood out about The Burning, for me, is that we spend a…

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  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★½

    Gal Gadot’s appearances as Wonder Woman singlehandedly saved Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from crashing and burning, mainly because she was the only superhero in that movie worthy of the description. Her own standalone period adventure is easily the best DC Extended Universe movie we’ve had (morose Man of Steel, misjudged Batman v Superman, scatterbrained Suicide Squad), by virtue of taking inspiration from optimistic comic-book fare like Superman: The Movie, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

    That’s not…

  • 45 Years

    45 Years

    ★★★

    Lovely performances and an intriguing catalyst, but it doesn't really go anywhere all that interesting. 45 YEARS would've made a good television drama on ITV one Sunday. For some reason it's a movie.