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Not just for holiday viewing

The Man Who Saved ChristmasAn all-American true Christmas story is told by Canadians in The Man Who Saved Christmas.

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Marvelous action

Indio 2: The RevoltThe Italian actioner Indio 2: The Revolt is an above average effort by director Antonio Margheriti, exceeding your probably low expectations.

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A hellish experience

Fear No EvilHigh school is already hell on earth, which is one reason why Fear No Evil – concerning the Antichrist doing his thing in teenage form – mostly falls flat.

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Spying is and isn’t kiddie stuff here

Cloak & DaggerThe family movie Cloak & Dagger is very rough in tone at times, but is well done enough to make it worth a look for you and your kids.

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Misses the mark

Direct HitDespite being a PM Entertainment production, Direct Hit is a lesser ’90s direct to video actioner.

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New at 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting

Let’s start with the roundtable reviews:

Dead of Night (1945), the first classic horror anthology, released decades before there were enough of them to constitute a proper subgenre…

Dead of Night (1976), Dan Curtis’s somewhat feebler follow-up to the notorious Trilogy of Terror

and…

Nightmares (1983), one of the rare failed TV pilots to get elevated all the way to theatrical release.

 

As for the rest, we’ve got:

Christiane F. (1981), in which the teens of West Berlin shoot a whole lot of smack…

Critters (1986), in which the Hopkinsville Goblins are reinterpreted as the galaxy’s deadliest Muppets…

Destroy All Monsters (1968), which far from destroying them, gave the monsters a new lease on life…

The Funhouse (1981), in which we can naturally count on Tobe Hooper to deliver the grodiest horror movie fun fair of all time…

Green Room (2015), in which “gifted” isn’t quite the right word the youth which Patrick Stewart is mentoring this time…

Microwave Massacre (1983), which flogs you with the dumbest jokes you can imagine until eventually you start to think they might, just maybe, be funny after all…

Sole Survivor (1982), in which just dying in the damn plane crash is arguably the better deal…

and…

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971), in which Melvin Van Peebles might’ve known that only Huey Long was really going to get it.

 
 
 

El Santo rules the wasteland-- and also 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting.

Kidnapping is seldom this fun

The BetrayedThe kidnap drama The Betrayed has all the ingredients needed to be given sleeper status.

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Badly conceived

PaternityWhile the Burt Reynolds comedy Paternity is thankfully not irritating like his worst yahoo comedies, the end results are all the same too bland and unsurprising to generate many laughs.

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A serving of spirits

 

 
 

KWAIDAN (1964)

Kobayashi Masaki’s first colour film is an anthology of four ghost stories, in which the meetings of humans and spirits have an impact upon both.

Both chilling and sad in its implications, Kwaidan is also a stunning exercise in visual style.

 

 

 

Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!

A different kind of monster mayhem

ArenaNot your typical hand-to-hand combat movie with aliens, Arena is one of the more enjoyable movies to come from Empire Pictures.

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