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The Man in the Orange Jacket (2014)

Home invasion horror films over the years have been usually identified by a couple of common factors, namely a very low budget, a penchant for brutality and a subtext normally drawn along the lines of race (Larry Cohen's Bone) or class (Wes…

Non-Stop (2014)

Liam Neelson brings a gravitas to the action genre that few other actors can match.  He needed every ounce of it in Non-Stop, both to give real impact to the story’s strengths and distract from its weaknesses. There’s a scene in which…

Intruders (2013)

You would think after the success of Cabin in the Woods and You’re Next the combination of secluded cabins, suspicious locals and house invasion would become stale, yet South Korean horror / comedy Intruders was a film that managed to…

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

Imagine one intrepid studio executive – no it’s not an oxymoron; there’s more of them then we suspect (I suspect) – having survived the cold-sweat panic that must have been induced upon the first viewing of Shadow Recruit and – leaving the…

Frank (2014)

The first thing you notice about Frank is his face. Or to be more precise, the first thing you notice is that you cannot see his face. At all times, and this includes in the shower, he wears a giant fake head. If you think you might have…

Transcendence (2014)

Hack that program, fast! The sci-fi Luddite movie Transcendence is a disappointment on many levels, its dialogue trite, its action sluggish, its imagination falling short of its ambition. It's all pretty forgettable, and in a way maybe…

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

Stopping the Russians again Kenneth Branagh's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a glossy, polished, high-energy movie with the engaging lead of Chris Pine, a "shadow recruit" of an A-list action star himself. But it's a knockoff of a…

The Immigrant (2013)

Long slow vicissitudes James Gray, grandson of Russian Jewish immigrants to New York, has made a film about a Polish Catholic woman in the early Prohibition era who runs afoul of an exploiter who saves her from being deported at Ellis…

Closed Circuit (2013)

No exit, government in charge John Crowley's Closed Circuit gets you all poised for a fast, exciting legal thriller. It starts literally with a bang, a terrorist's bomb set off in London's Borough Market, under the eyes of dozens of…

The Wicker Man (1973)

In 1973, British cinema was an industry in crisis. The classic Hammer Horror productions were dwindling in popularity and American studios were withdrawing their funding on British films. So, when cinematic legend Christopher Lee wanted to…