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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Directed by: Tim Burton. Written by: Christopher Bond, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Sacha Baron Cohen. 116 min. R. Review top sheet: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is dark, unnatural, gory and fundamentally revolting – and a musical. This ...
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Sappho

Sappho

Directed by: Robert Crombie. Written by: Robert Crombie. Starring: Avalon Barrie, Todd Soley and Lyudmila Shiryaeva. 92 min. Review top sheet: Sappho is a semi-sexy, semi-historical, semi-good film in semi-English. Will you like this film? Yes, if you’re thinking of spending your holidays in Lesbos. No, if you’re in the process ...
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Wall-e

Wall-e

Directed by: Andrew Stanton. Written by: Andrew Stanton. Starring: Ben Burtt (voice), Elissa Knight (voice), Jeff Garlin (voice). 98 min. Review top sheet: a computer-generated film for “kidz” about computer-driven automata operating in a post-industrial wasteland where emotion is measured in bleeps and megabytes. Somehow I don’t think I’ll be ...
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My Sassy Girl

My Sassy Girl

Directed by: Yann Samuell. Written by: Victor Levin and Jae-young Kwak. Starring: Jesse Bradford and Elisha Cuthbert. 92 min. PG-13. Review top sheet: a soppy chick flick about a really nice guy who starts off being nice, is nice right throughout the film and gets to the end with niceness ...
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My Mom’s New Boyfriend

My Mom’s New Boyfriend

Directed by: George Gallo. Written by: George Gallo. Starring: Antonio Banderas, Meg Ryan, Colin Hanks and Selma Blair. 97 min. Review top sheet: My Mom’s New Boyfriend is a light-hearted, silly film with a few genuinely funny moments. It’s not going to win Oscars or have any significant effect on ...
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Sleuth

Sleuth

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh. Written by: Harold Pinter (screenplay) and Anthony Shaffer (play). Starring: Michael Caine and Jude Law. 86 min. R. Review top sheet: a remake of the 1972 classic of the same name (in Russian: Сыщик). Like most remakes in cinema (and cover versions in music), the tribute ...
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Wanted

Wanted

Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov. Written by: Michael Brandt & Derek Haas. Starring: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie. 110 min. R. Review top sheet: Wanted is a fusion of the least interesting aspects of The Matrix and Fight Club with a smattering of Spiderman. Will you like this film? Yes, ...
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In Bruges

In Bruges

Directed by: Martin McDonagh. Written by: Martin McDonagh. Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrel and Ralph Fiennes. 107 min. R. Review top sheet: In Bruges is an extremely strong film with a great plot and top character development. The first half is truly great while the second half is merely very good. Will ...
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Mister Lonely

Mister Lonely

Directed by: Harmony Korine. Written by: Avi Korine and Harmony Korine. Starring: Diego Luna, Samantha Morton and Denis Lavant. 112 min. PG. Review top sheet: Mister Lonely is a whimsical, eccentric, meandering story with no real point but a few top moments. It’s a bit like chewing your way through a ...
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Funny Games

Funny Games

Directed by: Michael Haneke. Written by: Michael Haneke. Starring: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Bradey Corbet, Deven Gearhart. 111 min. R. Review top sheet: this film is called Funny Games but there is nothing funny about it at all – be warned. This is definitely not a first-date film, ...
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Directed by: Tim Burton. Written by: Christopher Bond, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Sacha Baron Cohen. 116 min. R. Review top sheet: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is dark, unnatural, gory and fundamentally revolting – and a musical. This …
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Sappho

Sappho

Directed by: Robert Crombie. Written by: Robert Crombie. Starring: Avalon Barrie, Todd Soley and Lyudmila Shiryaeva. 92 min. Review top sheet: Sappho is a semi-sexy, semi-historical, semi-good film in semi-English. Will you like this film? Yes, if you’re thinking of spending your holidays in Lesbos. No, if you’re in the process …
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Wall-e

Wall-e

Directed by: Andrew Stanton. Written by: Andrew Stanton. Starring: Ben Burtt (voice), Elissa Knight (voice), Jeff Garlin (voice). 98 min. Review top sheet: a computer-generated film for “kidz” about computer-driven automata operating in a post-industrial wasteland where emotion is measured in bleeps and megabytes. Somehow I don’t think I’ll be …
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My Sassy Girl

My Sassy Girl

Directed by: Yann Samuell. Written by: Victor Levin and Jae-young Kwak. Starring: Jesse Bradford and Elisha Cuthbert. 92 min. PG-13. Review top sheet: a soppy chick flick about a really nice guy who starts off being nice, is nice right throughout the film and gets to the end with niceness …
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My Mom’s New Boyfriend

My Mom’s New Boyfriend

Directed by: George Gallo. Written by: George Gallo. Starring: Antonio Banderas, Meg Ryan, Colin Hanks and Selma Blair. 97 min. Review top sheet: My Mom’s New Boyfriend is a light-hearted, silly film with a few genuinely funny moments. It’s not going to win Oscars or have any significant effect on …
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Sleuth

Sleuth

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh. Written by: Harold Pinter (screenplay) and Anthony Shaffer (play). Starring: Michael Caine and Jude Law. 86 min. R. Review top sheet: a remake of the 1972 classic of the same name (in Russian: Сыщик). Like most remakes in cinema (and cover versions in music), the tribute …
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Wanted

Wanted

Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov. Written by: Michael Brandt & Derek Haas. Starring: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie. 110 min. R. Review top sheet: Wanted is a fusion of the least interesting aspects of The Matrix and Fight Club with a smattering of Spiderman. Will you like this film? Yes, …
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In Bruges

In Bruges

Directed by: Martin McDonagh. Written by: Martin McDonagh. Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrel and Ralph Fiennes. 107 min. R. Review top sheet: In Bruges is an extremely strong film with a great plot and top character development. The first half is truly great while the second half is merely very good. Will …
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Mister Lonely

Mister Lonely

Directed by: Harmony Korine. Written by: Avi Korine and Harmony Korine. Starring: Diego Luna, Samantha Morton and Denis Lavant. 112 min. PG. Review top sheet: Mister Lonely is a whimsical, eccentric, meandering story with no real point but a few top moments. It’s a bit like chewing your way through a …
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Funny Games

Funny Games

Directed by: Michael Haneke. Written by: Michael Haneke. Starring: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Bradey Corbet, Deven Gearhart. 111 min. R. Review top sheet: this film is called Funny Games but there is nothing funny about it at all – be warned. This is definitely not a first-date film, …
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Sam Gerrans is an English writer and speaker with professional backgrounds in media, strategic communications, and technologies.
He is driven by commitment to ultimate meaning, and focused on authentic approaches to revelation and Realpolitik.
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