FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.
Revolves around Will Burton, a talented junior barrister of peerless intellect and winning charm who specialises in spiriting people out of tight legal corners. He is in high demand as he ... See full summary »
Bev is a downtrodden housewife who's failed her driving test eight times, having only been instructed by her impatient husband Ian. After registering with a driving school, she develops a crush on her instructor, Chris.
After his wife Rita's fatal car accident, Dave tries to raise his four children, helped by Rita's best friend Sarah. Things get complicated when mourning gives way to romantic feelings, while his kids remain sincere priority.
The only Tennant vehicle that has ever disappointed me
I will and do watch anything with David Tennant in it as IMO he is a truly gifted performer. But from the off, this telemovie bored me witless. I didn't buy any of the tension and, with few exceptions, the performances were largely uninspiring. The writing rarely grabbed me, the timing of suspenseful scenes was often poorly judged. But my main gripe was that the direction, cinematography and editing were all IMO so remorselessly pedestrian. The lead actress who we are meant to see as the 'romantic interest' appeared to be not just uninvolved but I personally doubted she was even an actress within the meaning of the Act! I gather she has had success in other projects that I haven't seen, but in 'Spies'? Not for this viewer. Tennant looks and is lovely and could not act badly if he tried conscientiously for a year but, really, even his illustrious talent and legendary energy could not save this movie. Especially not when he's obliged to wear some of the silliest military uniforms you could find outside of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera. Possibly the window of opportunity to create incisive stories about mid 20thC spy stories has slammed shut for the time being. I bought the DVD and have watched it just once and won't do so again.
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