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Gravity

Gravity
(8/10) review by Christopher Geary

Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity starts boldly with a single-take in real-time of the fictional space shuttle Explorer drifting into view, while a specialist is working on the Hubble telescope. As the astronauts, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are convincing - but only ciphers if compared to the stronger characterisation of orbital space as a perilous working environment where sudden death lurks in each second of every minute; and this disaster movie runs for an hour and a half.


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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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All Neat In Black Stockings

All Neat In Black Stockings
(5/10) review by Andrew Darlington

Susan George was only 12-years-old when she made her TV debut in the BBC series Swallows And Amazons (1962). It was later, with her long blonde hair and sub-Bardot pout that she became the go-to dolly-bird with Boris Karloff in The Sorcerers, with Denholm Elliott in TV's Dracula (1968), and supporting Suzy Kendall in Up The Junction. All Neat In Black Stockings is a very minor entry in the swinging 1960s movie genre that does her no great favours but, it's a light amusing romp with shots at many of the tropes that distinguish the subgenre.


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Ransom

Ransom
(6/10) review by J.C. Hartley

Ransom (aka: The Terrorists), while a minor entry on the Connery CV, is fairly topical, taps into the twisty-turny, espionage-is-a-dirty-business vibe, and allows Sean to rock his daft 1970s' moustache and his own accent, as 'Scandinavian' security chief Colonel Nils Tahlvik. The film begins with a credits sequence showing a spate of bombings in London, culminating in arrests, signified by policemen escorting figures covered in blankets into custody. A photo-fit picture of a suspect segues into the wintry land of 'Scandinavia', where terrorist leader Martin Shepherd (John Quentin) and his associates have managed to take the British Consul and his immediate staff hostage in the British Embassy.


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