A Week In Film #392: Trawling the folders

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Beyond The Law
Charlie Sheen grows a beard and goes undercover as an outlaw biker. Exactly as you would imagine it would pan out.

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Beyond The Poseidon Adventure
Silly cash-in sequel, with Michael Caine a salvage merchant trying to remove anything valuable from a capsized cruiseliner, whilst ‘Greek Orthodox volunteer marine paramedics’ led by creepy Telly Savalas try not to look suspicious. Absolutely awful, but compellingly watchable.

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No Surrender
Michael Angelis becomes the manager of a crappy club in a crappy part of Liverpool, just in time to deal with being double-booked on New Year’s Eve by parties of both Irish Catholics and Irish Protestants. Elvis Costello is a magician, Joanne Whalley a kitchen porter and Bernard Hill a reflective bouncer. Very odd. From director Peter Smith and an Alan Bleasdale (of course) script.

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Night Of The Juggler
Odd thriller/chase movie, with ex-cop James Brolin chasing down the psycho (Cliff Gorman) who has kidnapped his daughter mistakenly thinking she’s the progeny of a rich businessman. Gritty stuff from Robert Butler.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy
Zany space pirates end of the Marvel universe, with strong ensemble including Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, John C Reilly and Michael Rooker. Not wholly to my taste, but watchable.

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The Driver
Ryan O’Neal channels his best Alain Delon as an emotionally still getaway driver pursued by jittery cop Bruce Dern. Less muscle-headed than Walter Hill’s subsequent work.

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Kick-Ass
Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman perfectly capture the colour saturated ultraviolent Mark Millar postmodern (can we still say that?) comic about an ordinary kid who decides to become a masked vigilante. With Aaron Johnson, ChristopherMintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Chloë Grace Moretz and Nicolas Cage.

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That Gal…Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2
Lesser known but familiar women actors talking about being lesser known but familiar women actors, with Catherine Hicks, Alicia Coppola and Roxanne Hart. Directed by Ian Roumain and Michael Schwartz.

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