What is it? A boxer is chased by a mysterious murderer.
Why see it? It might have simply missed the minimize on my record of 2023’s Best Action Movies, however don’t let that dissuade you from testing this enjoyable, thrilling gem out of South Korea. The author/director of The Witch franchise can do no unsuitable in my eyes (even when half two is a step or two down from the primary), and whereas his unrelated newest is lighter in each its motion and density it’s nonetheless a extremely entertaining trip. Credit Kim Seon-ho for bringing the attraction and persona as a mysterious killer who supplies each minor laughs and bloody kills — one third-act set-piece is an excellent time for followers of the purple stuff. The movie doles out the main points slowly conserving each the protagonist and the viewers not sure of what precisely is occurring, and it pairs properly with the motion set-pieces erupting at a gradual charge.
The Sea Shall Not Have Them
What is it? Two World War II tales from director Lewis Gilbert.
Why see it? Michael Redgrave and Dirk Bogarde headline The Sea Shall Not Have Them, a suspenseful thriller that sees 4 British airmen shot down in the course of the struggle. They float in a raft, adrift within the ocean, whereas each Allies and Axis seek for them — and the key one man holds. The lesser identified Albert R.N. is a story extra akin to Stalag 17 because it focuses on a wartime escape from a POW camp. The drawback? There’s purpose to suspect one of many prisoners is definitely a German spy. Both movies are stable wartime tales value watching.
Blood Feast [4K UHD]
What is it? A gory remake of a gory cult basic.
Why see it? H.G. Lewis’ unique cult favourite is an inexpensive, campy romp that, let’s be trustworthy, isn’t good. This remake steps issues up in lots of areas with a barely greater finances, barely higher performances, and barely higher gore, and the result’s a barely higher movie? The story modifications are an improve as properly, however we’re nonetheless left with a movie — performed principally severe this day trip — that exists solely to get an increase from style followers. Tastes range, and in case you just like the purple stuff paired with soiled discuss and a full embrace of an unrated ambiance, it is a remake you simply may get pleasure from.
[Extras: Uncut and theatrical versions, featurette, music video]
What is it? A physician with out borders (however with mad motion abilities) discovers a conspiracy.
Why see it? Max Zhang doesn’t get the love he deserves for some fairly stellar motion chops, and a part of the rationale why is his tendency to choose mediocre initiatives. He had an ideal run with bangers like SPL 2, Ip Man 3, and The Brink, however his final gem was 2018’s Master Z. Since then? An entire lotta meh. We get two fairly stable bouts right here within the third act, however an excessive amount of of the motion is generic shootouts and poorly crafted/shot/edited fights. Getting to that third act, although, is a slog of extraordinarily messy exposition.
Your Lucky Day
What is it? A profitable lottery ticket attracts violence, deception, and loss of life.
Why see it? When a businessman will get loud about his profitable ticket, a thug within the comfort retailer with him decides to make his transfer. Things go downhill from there as others inside and some nosy nasties from exterior flip the shop right into a den of splatter and deceit. The late Angus Cloud stars because the thug who kicks all of it off. It’s a stable sufficient thriller inside its confined setting, and whereas there are many betrayals none of them are precisely shocking. Fans of the setup will benefit from the present, although.
Also out this week:
Four Daughters, Inside the Mind of Coffin Joe [Arrow], Jennifer Eight [Scream Factory], Kindergarten Cop [4K UHD], Lone Star [4K UHD, Criterion]