Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
Three unrelated horror shorts from 1975 UK horror anthology series "Classics Dark and Dangerous" edited together into one horror film anthology with three segments. Each story features a woman who willingly or unwillingly spreads evil.
To salve his guilty conscience an elder brother removes his disturbed younger sibling from a mental institution after a suicide attempt and tries to bring him back to mental competency ... See full summary »
England, mid-1980s: Bill embarks on a dream-like odyssey around rural England, breaking into country houses, taking photos of anything that interests him, until he meets a mysterious woman ... See full summary »
Peter Cushing stars as a former priest who harbors a dark and horrible secret in his attic. The locked room serves as a prison cell for his crazed, cannibalistic adult son, who acquired his... See full summary »
Poland is under communist rule. An exiled Polish theater director is in England, enthusiastically preparing an abstract play which will criticize the authoritarian Polish government. His sons might not share his political views, though.
An obvious but unreined adaptation of Somerset Maugham's play "The Letter", directed in far more satisfactory fashion by William Wyler in 1940, this film features John Hurt as a First Secretary to the British Embassy in an unnamed East Asian British colony of 1948, manifestly patterned after post-war Malaya with its massive rubber plantations of that era. Hurt plays Nash, a randy office holder whose ruth for the King's misused Colonial subjects is hailed with a deafening thud by the plantation elite, chiefly embodied by Harry Rawlins (Jeremy Kemp), and who in addition finds time to languorously woo the young wife (Judy Bowker) of another plantation owner (simultaneously keeping a native mistress), all of which leads to murder and other unpleasantness. A strong impression is given that this is a work in progress, with director Don Boyd not knowing or caring quite what to make of the material at hand, with editing flaccid at best, a consistently obtrusive soundtrack (including some unintentionally humourous placement of songs), conventional handling of critical scenes, and with abrupt modifications upon characters' personalities enfeebling any logic which may be hiding within the script. Filmed entirely in Sri Lanka, much resembling Malaysia, which latter is laden to this day with East Indian workers imported by the English, the work is adequately cast, although Hurt is hindered by his lines, Bowker is far too unseamed and seraphic for her bitchy role, and perhaps the best actor of the cast, Anton Rodgers, has but sparse opportunity during his brief appearances to utilize his pungently dry manner.
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