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Dying of the Light

Dying Of The Light
(7/10) review by Christopher Geary

Nicolas Cage delivers a stand-out performance in this off-beat spy-thriller. It's a great meaty role for the Hollywood star, whose familiar powerhouse style, as epitomised by Wild At Heart and Lord Of War, but immortalised ever since Vampire's Kiss, is all the more effective here, because his typically theatrical approach to screen acting is comparatively restrained.


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Haven - season 4

Haven - season 4
(7/10) review by Christopher Geary

Based upon Stephen King's short novel The Colorado Kid (2005), and produced in Canada, Haven is set in a picture-postcard fishing town in Maine. The TV show is a likeable cross-genre series that mixes offbeat crime drama with fantasy horror, and has melancholy folk theme that's a cut above most music scores. Lots of weird sci-fi and obviously supernatural things occur, and such events are very often caused by, or centred upon, otherwise quite ordinary local people cursed with special abilities they simply cannot control, especially when they are struggling to cope with overwhelming emotions.


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Kung Fu Killer

Kung Fu Killer
(6/10) review by J.C. Hartley

Kung Fu Killer is also known as Kung Fu Jungle and The Last Of The Best... Mixed martial artist Donnie Yen plays Hahou Mo, a police self-defence instructor who, at the beginning of the film, is sent down for killing an opponent. Police Inspector Luk Yuen-sum (Charlie Young) is called to a homicide where the driver of a luxury sports car has been pummelled to death in a freeway underpass. Hahou Mo sees news footage of the killing while in prison, and asks to speak to Luk to help her with the case, when his request is refused he takes on a newly arrived gangster's 17 henchmen to emphasise his point.


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SPYS

S*P*Y*S
(4/10) review by J.C. Hartley

Early in the 1967 version of Casino Royale, Peter Sellers - who, as Evelyn Tremble, masquerading as 007 is the best thing in that confused overlong morass - meets Duncan Macrae in a Parisian pissoir, allowing for the joke about checking each others' credentials. Incompetent CIA agents Griff (Elliott Gould) and Bruland (Donald Sutherland) also meet in a pissoir in S*P*Y*S, narrowly avoiding being blown-up by their own side. Their boss Martinson (Joss Ackland) assures them it was all a clerical error and dispatches them to oversee the defection of Russian gymnast Sevitsky.


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