Stephen King's terrifying novel gets the big screen treatment with the best King adaptation in years, as a group of children join forces to stop an evil entity from haunting them. What makes this such a chilling affair is that we care about the kids as it's as much a coming-of-age tale as it is a horror. Bill Skarsgard's Pennywise is a terrific creation. It...floats magnificently.
Joe Orton's notorious play is brought to the screen with Peter McEnery as an amoral stranger who manipulates the people who allow him to stay with them, even though one knows a dark secret about him. Very late 60's in style, this still manages to push the boundaries and at the time was extremely controversial about Sloane's sexuality. Beryl Reid and Harry Andrews are terrific support.
Luc Besson's self-indulgent and ambitious sci-fi adventure based on a comic book is an assault on the senses as we are taken through the colourful worlds of two intergalactic secret agents but the film is let down by a poor script and a lack of chemistry between the two leads. The supporting cast is wasted, especially Rihanna but if you like your sci-fi incoherent and messy, then you will enjoy.
Anthony Hopkins is superb as the deranged magician who finds his act improved by having a ventriloquist dummy called Fats, who slowly starts to control the man. Richard Attenborough's tense thriller from William Goldman's script is brimming with character detail but the film belongs to Hopkins, who learnt how to throw his voice for the part. Creepy as hell and still as affecting.
Tough and tense thriller with FBI agent Jamie Foxx sent to Saudi Arabia to investigate the bombing of an American facility. Peter Berg's film builds the tension nicely as the team try to do their job only to face red tape from the authorities, then the finale is an all-out, explosive action film. Shame this was a film of two halves because otherwise, this would have been first-rate. Instead, it just seems confused.