Friday, 22 September 2017
A drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigates the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.
Abel Ferrara's masterpiece is stripped down to a hypnotic, at times surreal crime thriller within a world of lost moral barriers; the movie is mainly successful due to Nicolas Cage's intense performance.
Maltin***: "Wacky police procedural...a long, tawdry, wide-ranging yarn in which the good guys and bad guys are hard to differentiate. Cage is terrific in a no-holds-barred performance. Bear no resemblance to the 1992 film..."
A couple, despite being in a witness protection program, are being chased and confronted by the criminals they outed.
Thoroughly clichéd thriller tries hard to be more than it is, exemplified by Mickey Rourke playing a laughably incompetent hitman as a super-cool wiseguy.
Maltin**: "Routine crime thriller...Quintessential B-movie material is drained of action and suspense via pretentious treatment..., although interesting cast keeps it watchable."
Thursday, 21 September 2017
A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.
Above-average thriller with a good cast strangely falls into three parts; the highly effective opening could be a movie in itself and is not surpassed by the rest of the film.
Halliwell (no star): "Middling screamer extended from a short, The Sitter; a passive midsection separates a suspenseful start and finish."
Maltin*1/2: "Unpleasant, improbable melodrama falls apart after OK opening segment."
Michael Weldon/Psychotronic: "The ultimate in baby-sitter horror...Although fairly predictable, it's still suspenseful and is helped by a strong cast..."
A black-ops interrogator and an FBI agent press a suspect terrorist into divulging the location of three nuclear weapons set to detonate in the U.S.
Highly dubious test arrangement about torture is unnerving with its contrived plot, stilted dialogues - and it's feigned message (in the extended version).
Maltin*1/2: "Attempts to make Jackson's character appear normal only succeed in making him seem even more psychotic. Other than Sheen's chameleon-like performance, there is no upside here. In fact, the whole movie is unthinkable."