A Week In Film #351: So-so

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Messenger Of Death
Reporter Charles Bronson investigates a murderous vendetta between two Mormon clans, and uncovers a conspiracy involving the water company. Decent entry from Bronson’s J Lee Thompson years.

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Empire State
Decent enough crime caper about a neighbourhood kid (Chris Hemsworth) working as a guard at a cash depository who unwittingly becomes involved in a heist plot. NYPD detective Dwayne Johnson is on the tail of the gang. Dino Montiel directs.

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Black Sunday
Rather plodding adaptation of Thomas Harris’ thriller novel about Palestinian terrorists who threaten a murderous spectacle during the Super Bowl. Not John Frankenheimer’s best, but Bruce Dern does a decent turn as a loopy Nam vet. Robert Shaw scares the shit out of you as a Mossad agent.

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The Colony
Interesting post-apocalypse SF movie set in a future where earth is subject to a man-made ice age, and the last surviving humans are huddled into underground bunkers. With Kevin Zeegers, Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton, Charlotte Sullivan and Atticus Dean Mitchell. Loses it in the final reel, but diverting nonetheless. From Jeff Renfroe.

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E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
Spielberg’s kid-and-alien classic. JUST STOP FUCKING AROUND WITH THE SHOTGUNS.

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