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  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I can see why some are not enamoured of this film. I didn't feel that its approach came completely out of left field, given that my and my partner's recent rewatch of the first two THOR films highlighted the type of humour already established in the MCU version of the THOR mythology. It felt very much of a piece both with those (especially the attack on Asgard in THE DARK WORLD) and the Phase II/III approach that brought us Shane…

  • Tenebre

    Tenebre

    ★★★★½

    Tenebrae came as a bit of surprise to viewers at the time, who were expecting the third part of the Three Mothers Trilogy after the Maestro’s previous outing, the New York nightmare that was Inferno. While still providing shocks reminiscent of Suspiria’s (though without the visual vocabulary of that film), it is far more of a restatement of pure giallo principles for the 1980s. The plotting is simplicity itself, nothing more than a framework built for the suspense and gore…

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  • The Tourist

    The Tourist

    ★½

    AAARRRRGGGHHH - textbook lesson in how NOT to do a remake. ANTHONY ZIMMER may have been a slightly flabby lightweight French star vehicle which I watched and enjoyed as a Sophie Marceau fanboy, but it was a model of economy and subtlety compared to this stonking great mess. A lovely list of European actors grab at their pay cheques across gorgeously shot locations, including Brits Paul Bettany, Steven Berkoff and Timothy Dalton, all surely attracted by the name of Julian…

  • Banshee Chapter

    Banshee Chapter

    ★★★½

    Another film pushed as a “found footage”/faux-doc feature that premiered at 2013 Frightfest, this had good word of mouth from those who saw it. Out now on DVD thanks to the team-up of 101 Films and Intense Distribution, how does it fare away from the Empire Leicester Square Screen 1 packed full of hardcore fans?

    On its own it makes a pretty good case for being one of the highlights of last year’s crop of microbudget horror films in this…