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  • Ashanti

    ★★½

  • Midnight in the Switchgrass

    ★★★

  • Black Widow

    ★★★

  • Out of Death

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  • Ashanti

    Ashanti

    ★★½

    Ashanti (Richard Fleischer, 1979) 5/10

    Not quite as schlocky as it's reputation but as an action-adventure film it comes up pretty short despite the huge budget and the starry cast. Set in Africa against a background of modern-day slave trading. WHO doctor (stunning Beverly Johnson - the first African-American model to appear on the cover of American Vogue) is kidnapped by a wily Arab slave trader (a hammy Peter Ustinov) and her desperate husband and fellow doctor (a very bored…

  • Midnight in the Switchgrass

    Midnight in the Switchgrass

    ★★★

    Midnight in the Switchgrass (Randall Emmett, 2021) 6/10

    Police procedural with a cop (Emile Hirsch) doggedly pursuing a serial killer (Lukas Haas) who has kidnapped, drugged and brutally murdered prostitutes and other young women. Joining up with the cop is an FBI agent (Megan Fox), also in pursuit of the killer, who acts as a decoy to try and flush out the killer. Willis has a small role (with smirk intact) as her partner who cannot take her brash manner…

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  • The Lacemaker

    The Lacemaker

    ★★★★½

    La dentelliére / The Lacemaker (Claude Goretta, 1977) 9/10

    Sad, gentle, heartbreaking fable about a relationship destroying a tender heart. A shy lonely girl (Isabelle Huppert) working in a beauty salon meets a shy bourgeoise student and they move in together - he studies while she passively looks after the apartment going about her dull job. She has no ambition, hardly talks and her dull presence causes the man to break off the affair leading to her breakdown. This is…

  • The Cat

    The Cat

    ★★★★★

    Le chat / El Gato / The Cat (Pierre Granier-Deferre, 1971) 10/10

    A long married couple live together in a state of loneliness, contempt and bitter hatred with a pet cat that becomes the catalyst in putting the final nail in the coffin of their marriage. Shattering view of two people who have reached a time in their lives when they can't recognise love and instead co-exist in a state of silence. Magnificently acted by both Jean Gabin and Simone…