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  • The Love Witch

    The Love Witch

    ★★½

    I'd love to have given this more stars, as it's a sublime recreation of Technicolor 1960s horror melodramas, and the subject matter offered a fascinating twist on gender roles and insight into the 'female gaze'... but, I don't know. It lost me after awhile.

    I guess, for me, The Love Witch just started to feel pretentious, and I think the two-hour runtime was a huge mistake. It just screams 90-minutes, as that was about all the story could fully sustain. Still, what a marvellous breakout for Samantha Robinson as the eponymous witch! She's one to watch.

  • The Void

    The Void

    ★★½

    Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie are two Canadian filmmakers who specialise in 1980s-inflected low-budget horror movies, through Astron-6, which has so far produced Father’s Day (2011) and Manborg (2011) amongst others. The Void is their latest offering, which made waves at Fantastic Fest and the Toronto After Dark Film Festival last year, and it does represent some growth and maturity, if only because there’s no comedic element you can blame for any sniggering.

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  • 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.

  • Spawn

    Spawn

    One of the worst superhero movies ever made, SPAWN killed a promising comic-book character's big-screen ambitions stone dead. There's been talk of a reboot for over a decade from creator Todd McFarlane, but there doesn't seem to be much appetite for the Spawn character from audiences now. Maybe he was strictly a 1990s cult item.

    I like the concept of SPAWN (essentially a mix of THE CROW, GHOST RIDER and ROBOCOP), about a government hitman who's murdered by his corrupt…