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Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...
Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.
It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an »
"The Loft" is a new thriller that comes out this week, and it is a remake of a 2008 Belgian film of the same name. The original movie's director, Erik van Looy, returns to helm the redo, and Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts reprises his role from the earlier film. He is joined by Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller and Eric Stonestreet in the story of a group of five married men who decide to share a loft together for extramarital affairs, only to one day find a dead woman laying in their bed. They try to parse together the details of who the girl is and how she came to meet such a grisly fate. Each man denies any wrongdoing, but it is clear to all that one of the men in their midst had to have been involved in the crime, as they were the only keyholders to the apartment, »
- Daniel W. Tafoya
Two weeks before kicking off its 44th edition, the Rotterdam Film Festival has completed a globe-spanning selection of 13 contenders for its annual Tiger Awards. The lineup of feature films from either frosh or soph helmers includes 11 world premieres, with Indonesia, Peru and the Netherlands itself among the countries represented.
Of the two international premieres in the mix, one is the lone U.S. entry: “Tired Moonlight,” from first-time writer-director-producer-editor Britni West, centers on the romantic travails of a lovelorn middle-aged woman in a small town.
West is one of four femme helmers up for a Tiger: Japan’s Lisa Takeba contributes the whimsical fantasy “Haruka’s Paranormal Laboratory,” while Argentine duo Laura Citarella and Veronica Llinas will compete with “La Mujer De Los Perros (Dog Lady),” a portrait of an elderly woman in lower-class Buenos Aires.
Award-winning Danish docmaker Jeppe Ronde will compete with his first narrative feature, “Bridgend”; young »
- Guy Lodge
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