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Review: ‘Scum’

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Given that Scum, a relentlessly brutal slice of British reform school life, is strongly directed by Alan Clarke, and acted with admirable conviction, it is a pity that the hard-hitting screenplay is…

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Review: ‘Phantasm’

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Pic opens with 13-year-old Mike Pearson (Michael Baldwin), who foolishly disobeys his older brother's orders not to attend the funeral of a close friend who, unbeknownst to everyone, was really…

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Review: ‘Meteor’

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Meteor really combines several disasters in one continuous cinematic bummer. Along with the threat of a five-mile-wide asteroid speeding towards earth, with smaller splinters preceding it, there's an…

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Review: ‘Hair’

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The storyline imposed on the original musical's book has large expository gaps. These are accentuated by director Milos Forman's determination to have free-form musical numbers evolve out of the tale…

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Review: ‘Cuba’

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Cuba is a hollow, pointless non-drama. Cynical and evasive about politics, pic displays uniformly unsympathetic characters enacting a vague plot amidst a splendid re-creation of Havana at the very…

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Review: ‘Black Jack’

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Basically an adventure yarn set in northern England in 1750, this collaboration of writer-director Kenneth Loach and producer Tony Garnett add first rate period recreation (more than could have been…

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