STILL IN CINEMAS
Cine Latino Film Festival finishes on Wednesday www.cinelatinofilmfestival.com.au
NEW IN CINEMAS THIS WEEK
Sorry to Bother You – Lakeith Stanfield discovers he can succeed as a telemarketer if he sounds white.
Second Act – working in a lowly Z-Mart, Jennifer Lopez, is passed over for promotion, so she punches a hole in the glass/class/ageist ceiling.
Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) – Christmas fun in a small town invaded by zombies.
Lean on Pete (2017) – homeless teen (Charlie Plummer) finds purpose, thanks to a has-been racehorse and a crusty father-figure (Steve Buscemi). A Film Alert favourite. Reviews here,here, and here.
Normandy Nude/Normandie Nue– a farming community considers reviving its fortunes via a dak-dropping initiative.
Creed II– Boxer, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) fights again - with help from Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), again.
The Grinch– animated Christmas fun.
Louis Theroux: Love Without Limits– doco about polyamorous pursuits in Portland (the bohemian capital of Oregon).
ON THE TELLY
Wednesday 10.30pm & Thursday 2.30pm Fox Classics: Dial M For Murder(1954) – not one of Hitchcock’s best; but a stagey, suspenseful “perfect murder” yarn. Ex tennis pro, (a thoroughly nasty) Ray Milland, plots to kill his missus, the ludicrously beautiful Grace Kelly.
Friday 12.00pm 9Gem:Hue and Cry (1946) – cleverly plotted Ealing comedy about a bunch of young East End lads, who discover that their favourite comic (weekly) is being used by villains to pass coded information. Alistair Sim stars, Charles Crichton directs a script by T.E.B. Clarke; it’s photographed by Douglas Slocombe, and the score is by Georges Auric. A bargain!
Saturday 10am 9Gem: Early, minor Hitchcock talkie, Number Seventeen(1932), about a jewel thief (Anne Grey), who reforms, and helps the cops hunt down her former gang. Of interest to die-hard Hitchcock fans.
|Irving Pichel as the servant Sandor, Dracula|
Saturday 1.45pm 9Gem: Dracula (1931) - the original talkie, which kick-started the Universal Studios horror cycle. Hungarian, Bela Lugosi, was the talkies’ first Drac; he's chilling as the depraved, sepulchral parasite. Karl Freund’s photography is disconcerting. Director Tod Browning nails the first 20 minutes, but can’t disguise the scenario’s stage origins.
Saturday 5.15pm 9Gem: Against All Flags (1952) – Average pirate hokum, but shot in Technicolor (by Russell Metty) with a great cast: Errol Flynn, Maureen O’Hara (as Prudence “Spitfire” Stevens), Anthony Quinn and Mildred Natwick.