French filmmaker Pascal Laugier attempts a tricky bait-and-switch with genre conventions in "The Tall Man," his English-language follow-up to 2008's ultra-violent horror-thriller "Martyrs."
Grim, gritty and ultra-violent, "Dredd" reinstates the somber brutality missing from the U.K. comicbook icon's previous screen outing, the disappointing 1995 Sylvester Stallone starrer "Judge Dredd."
"Bunheads" represents the best bet yet for ABC Family to broaden its appeal and creative credibility.
The amiable diversion from north of the border wins no points for originality, but boasts a winning lead in Erica Durance.
As long as viewers set their expectations to "pretty good," the latest adaptation of Charles Dickens' seminal tale of social climbing and secret identities will satisfy.