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Daguerreotype (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

November 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Daguerreotype (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a writer and director almost unknown in the United States, is superb at creating an atmosphere of dread and suspense as he did with ‘Pulse’. This film is a cut below that film. A famous fashion photographer takes daguerreotype pictures of his daughter in memory of his dead wife. His new photographic assistant […]

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

November 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

After 35 years, the classic Science Fiction film ‘Blade Runner’ gets a sequel directed by Denis Villeneuve and based on a screenplay by Hampton Fancher, amongst others. The story concerns a search for the author of the false memories implanted in replicants. The film is a long 163 minutes starting at a contemplative, not to […]

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Cold Moon (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

October 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cold Moon (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

In a small backwater town in Florida a teen-ager has gone missing. She lives with her grandmother who is deeply worried about the lost girl. Griff Furst directs this adaption by Jack Snyder of Michael McDowell’s novel, ‘Cold Moon Over Babylon’. The story is either a psychological or a supernatural thriller. You can take your […]

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Realive (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

September 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Realive (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

CAPSULE: For once we have a serious adult science fiction story, part of a new face for SyFy Channel. A contemporary man dying of cancer is carefully terminated, cryogenically frozen and revived in 2084 to discover a very new world. A new device will allow him to take photographs of the mental images of his […]

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The 13th Friday (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

September 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
The 13th Friday (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

A strange mechanical device proves to be a calendar of supernatural events and a gateway to a parallel world of pain and horror. In a plot of ideas not entirely fresh there are few surprises in this story and just about nothing unfamiliar in the first half of the film. Justin Price writes and directs […]

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The Limehouse Golem (2017) : (a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

September 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Limehouse Golem (2017)    :  (a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

CAPSULE: A police detective stalks a serial killer in Victorian London and tries to connect it to a recent killing. The film feels like it was dipped in ‘Victorian atmosphere concentrate’. The movie takes itself very seriously indeed, but the viewer can look between the lines to see it as something of a romp. Peter […]

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Anti-Matter (aka Wormholes) (2017): a film review by Mark R. Leeper.

August 28, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Anti-Matter (aka Wormholes) (2017): a film review by Mark R. Leeper.

Quantum teleportation may have side effects. This film is like a Whitman Sampler of cutting edge physics ideas packed into a Science Fiction mystery. ‘Anti-Matter’ is very much auteur Science Fiction. Newcomer Keir Burrows writes and directs based on his own story. This is a film that could well earn a cult following. There is […]

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War For the Planet Of The Apes (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

July 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
War For the Planet Of The Apes (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Four years after the war started in the last ‘Planet Of The Apes’ film, Caesar, an intelligent ape, wants to end the fighting. But first he wants vengeance on the leader of a paramilitary organisation who killed Caesar’s wife and son. Director Matt Reeves looks not so much for a realistic war but for an […]

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The Midnighters (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

June 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Midnighters (2017)    (a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

CAPSULE: ‘The Midnighters’ is a short, sharp shock of a crime film, keenly directed. It is helmed by Julian Fort, who also wrote the screenplay. Leon Russom plays Victor, a safecracker being paroled after 35 years. He has every intention of going straight with the rules of parole until his son shows up unexpectedly with […]

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Aaron’s Blood (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

June 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Aaron’s Blood (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

What is a father to do when his beloved son is becoming a vampire? A father has to choose the lesser evil of betraying or allowing his son to kill. Writer-director Tommy Stovall gives us a complex vampire film that delves more deeply into its characters than most modern horror pieces. Rating: high +1 (-4 […]

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