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  • Critters Attack!

    Critters Attack!

    ★½

    Is it too much to ask that the first new entry for 27 years in a much-loved franchise puts in a bit more effort than just taking any generic monster movie screenplay off the shelf and writing "Krite" wherever it says "insert your preferred creature here"?

    In this effort, if that isn't too grand a word, teenager Drea has to babysit her brother and another pair of siblings on the night after "your preferred creatures" have landed on Earth. Drea…

  • Feedback

    Feedback

    ★★★

    An original and topical take on the home invasion genre, this is a studio invasion tale starring the great Eddie Marsan as a James O'Brien-like left-wing radio phone-in host, who can usually be found bemoaning Brexit, fake news and Russian interference. But one night his show is interrupted by two armed and very menacing Northern Irishmen. They force him to continue broadcasting, directing the topic of conversation, until it results in a confession of historical rape at an after-party.

    That…

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  • City of the Living Dead

    City of the Living Dead

    ★★★★

    Extract from HAMLET by William Shakespeare:

    FIRST GRAVEDIGGER
    Is she to be buried in Christian burial that
    wilfully seeks her own salvation?

    SECOND GRAVEDIGGER
    I tell thee she is: and therefore make her grave
    straight: the crowner hath sat on her, and finds it
    Christian burial.

    FIRST GRAVEDIGGER
    How can that be, unless she drowned herself in her
    own defence?

    SECOND GRAVEDIGGER
    It must be "se offendendo"; it cannot be else. For
    here lies the point: if I drown myself…

  • Brain Damage

    Brain Damage

    ★★★★½

    For my money, this movie has the greatest ever ratio of atmosphere per dollar of budget. I would say that its $900,000 bought about 15 atmospheres, which is 1.69 pascals per dollar.

    To put this in perspective, something like The Neon Demon is admittedly even more atmospheric than Brain Damage - it has maybe 40 atmospheres. But on a budget of $7 million, that's only 0.579 pascals per dollar. (There are 101,325 pascals in 1 atmosphere, and that's yer actual…