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Hell to pay. When a frightened nun hangs herself outside an ancient Romanian abbey, a novitiate and priest are sent by the Church to investigate. Their discovery: the abbey is a hellmouth, a gateway to the underworld, and crawling with monsters and demons. Standard horror movie, jump-scare fare, but with enough creepy candlelit rooms, fog-shrouded cemeteries, and spooky forests ("The Nun" is positively dripping with atmosphere) to give anyone a chill. Not especially clever, but not bad, either; just plain old terror from first scene to last. With Taissa Farmiga as the novitiate who's in way over her head, Demian Bichir as the seen-it-all (and survived it all) demon-killer, and Jonas Bloquet as the innocent young farmer
who bravely lends a hand. Co-produced by James Wan. Part of the "Conjuring" series.
Noir lite. John Garfield (effective, as always) stars as a returning G.I. (and former con man) who hooks up with some old cronies shortly after arriving back in the States. When they persuade him to fleece a beautiful widow out of her inheritance, he goes along with it, until--predictably--he falls in love with her. Except for the dark and moody dockside sequence that serves as the film's climax, there isn't a truly noirish image anywhere, and at times "Nobody Lives Forever" plays more like a lighthearted gangster flick than a genuine thriller. Also starring Geraldine Fitzgerald as the widow, George Tobias as Garfield's true-blue pal, and a somewhat younger Walter Brennan as the over-the-hill pickpocket who helps set the whole thing up. Fair at best, but worth watching for Garfield alone.
John Payne stars as a washed-up fighter who makes ends meet by driving a cab; when his two-timing wife turns up dead in the back seat, he finds himself both on the run from the law (he's the primary suspect) and heading toward a showdown with the actual killer, his wife's jewel thief lover. Payne is riveting, tough in one scene, tormented in the next; Evelyn Keyes as the actress pal who falls for him is spunky and resourceful and altogether excellent; and Peggie Castle brings just the right amount of thinly-veiled frustration to the small but pivotal role of the wife. Inventive camera work and gorgeous black-and-white shots of darkened, rain-slicked streets--courtesy of ace cinematographer Franz Planer--make this a noir fan's dream. (The fight scenes--including the beautifully shot prizefight that opens the film--are something to see, too.) Well worth a look.
Doppelganger-geddon. Soon after the Wilson family arrives at their summer home on the California coast, four strangers show up at their door, and--predictably--all hell breaks loose. Of course, as everyone knows by now, they're not "strangers" at all: they're the Wilsons' doppelgangers, spittin' image lookalikes in red jumpsuits, with malevolent stares and extremely nasty intentions. Before long, Mom, Dad and the kids are running for their lives, with their otherworldly (and mostly silent) tormentors in hot pursuit. The performances are fine, particularly Lupita Nyong'o's as 1) the mom and 2) the evil creature determined to destroy her. More suspenseful than scary, but always compelling, and always good (albeit blood-soaked) fun. Bottom line: an impressive follow-up to "Get Out", but, ultimately, not much more than an action flick with its creep-ometer dialed up high--VERY high.