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He made her proud; but not her own., 26 August 2016
6/10

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Evocative 1930s melodrama directed by Alfred Santell. Clarissa Phelps (Pauline Lord), a widowed shopkeeper arranges to raise a young boy, Richard (Louis Hayward), to get him out of poorer living climate. At a later time she takes in a gentleman drunk, Captain Courtney (Basil Rathbone), who becomes a surrogate husband and father. Richard is mentored by Courtney and leaves upon manhood becoming a playwright. Richard's interest focus on a middle-aged actress, Julia Anders (Billie Burke), who may actually be his real mother.

Rathbone's performance takes a backseat to Lord and Hayward. Other players include: Wendy Barrie, Thurston Hall, Nana Bryant and Victor Varconi.

Lethal creatures drain blood., 26 August 2016
4/10

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Creatures of local legend, Chupacabras, are not adverse to traveling in packs. Just one can prove a problem; but several mean dangerous trouble. In this made-for-TV movie, a pack of Chupacabras tunnels its way from Mexico to San Antonio, Texas. When a pile of corpses are found, DEA Agent Seguin (Erik Estrada) and a newly assigned partner, Tracy Taylor (Julia Benson), begin investigating. It is believed among locals, a score of drug cartel members are part of the mess. A dying man is found deeper in the tunnel and he claims his attackers were Chupacabras. The famous landmark, the Alamo, will become the site of a major battle of desperation and blood curdling fear.

This SyFy film is directed by Terry Ingram and also stars: Chad Krowchuk, Brent McLaren, Nicole Munoz, Aleks Paunovic, Cassandra Fernandez and Jorge Vargas.

Room (2015/I)
Absolutely a must watch!, 24 August 2016
9/10

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Lenny Abrahamson directs Emma Donoghue's screenplay and novel brilliantly. An exploration of the senses. After being abducted, raped and imprisoned in a small windowless shed, a young woman (Brie Larson) gives birth and raises her son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay), in that same confined space. Ma is a dedicated mother, nurturing her son with love and warmth with his happiness and safety top priority. After five years or telling stories, playing games and singing songs; Jack's Ma begins planning their escape.

Larson and Tremblay turn in performances that are sentimentally elegant. Rounding out the cast: Sean Bridgers, Sandy McMaster, Joan Allen, Justin Mader, Matt Gordon and William H. Macy.

What is an artist without his eyes?, 24 August 2016
8/10

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Lon Chaney Jr. plays David Stuart, an artist that is blinded by accident...or purposely by who and why? Reginald Le Borg directs this suspenseful drama. Stuart may have a second chance at resuming his livelihood; his fiance's father has offered his own eyes upon his death. While waiting on this eye-sight transfer, the donor is murdered. Now there is a double mystery fueled by jealousy and greed. Mr. Chaney plays his role garnering sympathy without seeming wooden.

Other players in this the third of six in the Inner Sanctum series: Jean Parker, George Meeker, Edward Fielding, Thomas Gomez, Paul Kelly, Jonathan Hale and Acquanetta.

A young family discovers a strange presence in their new home., 24 August 2016
7/10

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This being the sixth installment in the franchise, found footage style continues to bring suspense, fear, disbelief and terror. The Fleege family, Ryan (Chris J. Murray), his wife Emily (Brit Shaw) and daughter Leila (Ivy George) move into their new large home right before the winter holidays. Christmas guests arrive; Ryan's brother, Mike (Dan Gill) and Emily's sister, Skyler (Olivia Taylor Dudley), and things don't stay bright and cheery for long. Ryan and his brother find a box of several VHS tapes and an old 1980s style home video camera in the basement.

Mike, being the "man of the house", begins using the camera and starts seeing odd things through it. When Leila starts acting a bit weird and uncharacteristically it becomes obvious there is a dark presence loose in the home. Paranormal activity much like in the found footage will jump start a disturbing and frightening holiday reunion with horror, fright and peril.

The cast also features: Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown, Don McManus, Hallie Foote and Mark Steger.

Exceptionallly good!!, 23 August 2016
9/10

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Written and directed by Miss Sofia Coppola, LOST IN TRANSLATION is a soft slap in the face wake up call. The human soul is discovered and massaged. Two lost souls visiting Tokyo meet and find a solace that seems to be a pathway to limited freedom. Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) is a young neglected wife of a photographer on assignment; she crosses paths with Bob Harris (Bill Murray), a washed-up movie star shooting a commercial for Japanese TV. In a brief time, Charlotte and Bob find an odd, but fulfilling relationship in each other, far away from their mundane lives in America. A free spirit is discovered, awakened and shared. The age and cultural differences between them at times is confusing and yet funny. They know this encounter will have to end abruptly and Bob thinks about a tolerable relationship with his wife back home.

Also in the cast: Giovanni Ribisi, Catherine Lambert, Akiko Takeshita, Ryuichiro Baba and Gregory Pekar.

A new Mega Shark appears., 23 August 2016
5/10

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This is the fourth installment of the Mega Shark franchise. A simple story line finds the world still in torment after earlier shark attacks. As American scientists argue with the military about letting sleeping sharks lie; an enormous Cold War robot named Kolossus accidentally is awakened in Russia. Fortunately or unfortunately, a new Mega Shark appears and global chaos ensues. What is to stop Russia's doomsday mechanism from dueling with the monster shark? Creature and Sci-Fi violence sustains enough action to keep most happy. Christopher Ray directs. The cast includes: Brody Hutzler, Illeana Douglas, Adam Dunnells, Amy Rider, Ernest Thompson, Jeff Hatch and screenwriter Edward DeRuiter.

Bermuda Tentacles (2014) (TV)
Air Force One goes down. Tentacles come up!, 23 August 2016
4/10

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A SyFy original that will keep viewers occupied thinking about useful predictable climaxes. President DeSteno (John Savage) is having a reason to stress as Air Force One runs into turbulent skies over the Bermuda Triangle. The president is forced to to use an escape pod after his plane is hit by lightning. Against her personal wishes, Admiral Linda Hansen (Linda Hamilton), calls for a Special Forces team led by Trip Oliver (Trevor Donovan) to rescue the Commander-In-Chief. The admiral and Chief Oliver have personal differences, but it seems everyone knows that he is the man for the job. Meanwhile, a sea monster with lethal tentacles attacks Hansen's ship and puts the president's rescue in dire jeopardy.

The story line is really not that bad; but much can be desired when it comes to script and some believable CGI. Savage seems mostly dumbfounded, while Miss Hamilton is hardly recognizable. The cast is filled out with: Mya Harrison, Jamie Kennedy, Robert Blanche, Angelique Cinetu, Ricco Ross and Richard Whitten.

An angry prehistoric bird attacks!, 23 August 2016
6/10

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This is one of those Sci-Fi flicks that is bad enough to be good. And this creature is so ugly. A large winged giant bird first believed to be part of a French-Canadian folktale turns out to be aggressively carnivorous and from outer space. This nail-biter is directed Fred F. Sears and part of producer Sam Katzman's legacy. Scientist Mitch MacAfee (Jeff Morrow) and the military represented by Lt. Gen. Edward Considine (Morris Ankrum)and Gen. Van Buskirk (Robert Shayne) must work feverishly to stop this bird from outer space with enormous beak and giant claws from continuous attacking planes, trains, boats, buildings and munching humans.

Former Playboy Playmate Mara Corday is also in the cast. Rounding out the players: Edgar Barrier, Clark Howat, Louis Merrill, Dabbs Greer and Sol Murgi.

Bait (2012/III)
Odd and better than you think shark flick., 22 August 2016
7/10

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Director Kimble Rendall turns out a rather respectable creature feature. Think of the beach and one sees pretty people surfing and swimming, children building sandcastles, starfish and seashells being sifted from the sand by curious vacationers. And yes, in the back of your mind is someone yelling...SHARK! Josh (Xavier Samuel) and his fiancé Tina (Shami Vinson) plan to move from Australia to Singapore after their nuptials. A freak shark attack kills Tina's brother (Richard Brancatisano). Josh is wrought with guilt for not being able to save the life of his best friend; Tina leaves. About a year later Josh is working in an underground grocery store and runs into Tina, who has returned with her new man. Unfortunately a huge tsunami hits and floods the store trapping many inside with a special guest...a Great White Shark. Survivors will have to band together for ideas to outlive the haphazard starving twelve foot predator. CGI shark attacks are gory. Danger lurks as the terror reaches fever pitch.

Also in the cast: Julian McMahon, Dan Wyllie, Alice Parkinson, Cariba Heine, Alex Russell, Damien Garvey and Phoebe Tonkin.


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