Along Came A Spider
Very fair-to-middling psychological drama with police forensic psychologist Morgan Freeman jousting with a dangerous killer, or something. Directed by Lee Tamahori, with Monica Potter and Michael Wincott as the bad guy.
Impressive low budget SF film by Caradog W James, about a dystopian near future in which Britain is embroiled in a technologically-driven cold war with China. Toby Stephens is a scientist working on a secret military project to provide cybernetic implants to wounded soldiers, Caity Lotz is the young boffin recruited to work on the team. Things do not go well.
The Search For General Tso
Documentary by Ian Cheney about a peculiarly American Chinese food dish. Far less esoteric and more accessible than one might imagine.
Far better than it looked on paper: sixties corporate manager Demi Moore, bedevilled by sexism and a glass ceiling, endeavours with wily old caretaker Michael Caine to relieve her employers of countless invaluable gems. Directed with aplomb by Michael Radford.
Teenager gets caught up in the aftermath of others’ violence, and suffers at hands of joint enterprise law. A righteously angry polemic written by Jimmy McGovern and directed by David Blair, who worked together on the TV series The Street.
Imagine Point Blank relocated to Britain and with Norman Wisdom in the lead role. Now imagine Jude Law playing Norman Wisdom playing Lee Marvin, and that’s basically what you have. Big, brash, not perfect, but serviceable. Directed by Richard Shepard, who injected similar misanthropic humour into his deconstruction of Pierce Brisnan’s Bond, The Matador.
The Hound Of The Baskervilles (1959)
Classic Hammer version of perhaps the most famous of all Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, with Peter Cushing in the deerstalker, André Morell as a baffled-looking Dr Watson, and Christopher Lee channelling aristocratic haemmorhoids as Sir Henry Baskerville.