P328 ORACLE 328 Sun17 Oct ITV 2210:03  7/9    GENERAL RELEASE Reviewed by ALAN FRANK EMMANUELLE (X) Sylvia Kristel, Marika Green In the Beginning - or back in 1974 at any rate - there was EMMANUELLE, a piece of elegant soft core porn that even then seemed more daring than it really was. Since Ms Kristel's proved to be the body that launched a thousand sequels including, inevitably, CARRY ON EMMANUELLE, the age of the (relative) movie innocence has long passed and the repellent CALIGULA has obtained a censor's certificate. So now EMMANUELLE is as erotic as a flag day in a nudist colony, all soft focus and hard breathing. The locations are nice though. another film review follows >
P328 ORACLE 328 Sun17 Oct ITV 2211:10  6/9    GENERAL RELEASE Reviewed by ALAN FRANK EMILY (X) Koo Stark, Victor Spinetti. This tired British attempt to garner some of the box office windfall created by EMMANUELLE was abysmal when it first appeared in 1976. Now it's just not worth seeing. Direction is perfunctory, the acting is wooden and the attempt to evoke a Twenties atmosphere is simply risible. The cinematography is pretty but rather than sit through the tedious gropings and simulated sex, you'd be better off outside the cinema in the rain. One of Rod McKuen's songs for the movie is called. TRASH. That's as good a verdict as any for this unerotic mess  another film review follows >
P328 ORACLE 328 Sun17 Oct ITV 2210:13  1/9    NEW RELEASE Reviewed by ALAN FRANK RAGGEDY MAN (AA) Sissy Spacek, Eric Roberts. This curious and uneasy combination of romance and rampant melodrama set in a small Texas town in 1944 has Ms Spacek as a divorced telephonist whose affair with sailor Roberts finally sets off an outburst of terrifying violence. It's very much a curate's egg and the final scenes of terror go very much against the grain of the lyricism of the love scenes that precede it. Ms Spacek's performance is a superb one and she's well supported by Roberts but my final impression was that of an interesting but ultimately sadly redundant picture.  another film review follows >
P328 ORACLE 328 Sun17 Oct ITV 2211:14  8/9    GENERAL RELEASE Reviewed by ALAN FRANK THE ENTITY (X) Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver This excellent supernatural shocker has a high level of adult intelligence that raises it well above the usual films of this type. And, playing a young woman who is subjected to a series of brutal attacks & rapes by an invisible force, Ms Hershey gives a superb, moving and totally believable performance in a role that could just as easily have raised laughs as raise the hairs on the back of one's neck. The film is tense and exciting and,raising some pertinent and highly disturbing questions,emerges as a gripping and unmissable experience  another film review follows >
P328 ORACLE 328 Sun17 Oct ITV 2200:11  9/9    GENERAL RELEASE Reviewed by ALAN FRANK CAT PEOPLE (X) Natassia Kinski, Malcolm McDowell. Val Lewton's 1942 horror classic about a young woman who metamorphoses into a savage panther when her sexual feelings are aroused was a minor masterpiece of implied, rather than overt, terrors. Paul Schrader's overlong, lurid remake, however, abandons all the poetry of the original in favour of excessive gore and violence, full frontal nudity and simulated sex, resulting in a film that is about as subtle as a tiger savaging a hamster and woefully unatmospheric. It simply emerges as a somewhat nasty, tedious blood and bludgeon horror movie  another film review follows >
P328 ORACLE 328 Sun17 Oct ITV 2200:06  5/9    GENERAL RELEASE Reviewed by ALAN FRANK LOVE AT FIRST BITE (AA) George Hamilton, Susan Saint J—les. If you decide to see only one film this year, make it this one, the funniest spoof horror film in years with Hamilton's Dracula loose in modern New York and totally bewildered by modern times. The film crackles with wit and affection for its subject and Hamilton is the best Dracula since Lee (who said fangs aren't what they used to be?). To add to the considerable pleasure there's Arte Johnson's mad Renfield and Richard Benjamin's more and more demented psychiatrist after the Count. Superb enjoyment - even if you're anaemic.  another film review follows >
P328 ORACLE 328 Sun17 Oct ITV 2210:11  2/9    NEW RELEASE Reviewed by ALAN FRANK DEATHTRAP (AA) Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve. I'd be murdering your enjoyment of this splendid comedy-thriller if I gave away too much of its clever plot, except to say that it has more ingenious twists than a crooked accountant. Caine plays a failing Broadway playwright ready to kill to get hold of aspirant writer Reeve's hit play, Dyan Cannon is his rich, ailing wife and, as surprise follows surprise, little is what it at first seems to be. The direction by Sidney Lumet gets the most out of his cast and the screenplay and the movie adds up to quite riveting entertainment  another film review follows >
P328 ORACLE 328 Sun17 Oct ITV 2200:02  3/9    NEW RELEASE Reviewed by ALAN FRANK AUTHOR ! AUTHOR ! (A) Al Pacino, Tuesday Weld. If you think that you have got problems spare a thought for poor Pacino, the harrassed hero of this spritely comedy. His first play is about to be staged on Broadway when his wife, Ms Weld, goes off, leaving him to cope with their 5 children, an affair with his leading lady Dyan Cannon while his producers scream for re-writes to save the show ... Norman Horowitz's sharp screenplay is very funny and often moving in the scenes between the star and his kids and Pacino's warm-hearted performance turns the film into a positive pleasure  another film review follows >
P328 ORACLE 328 Sun17 Oct ITV 2206:10  4/9    GENERAL RELEASE Reviewed by ALAN FRANK AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (X) David Naughton, Jenny Agutter. The title tells all as American student Naughton is bitten by a werewolf on the Yorkshire moors and becomes a very reluctant lycanthrope. What makes it a genre gem is writer-director John Landis' respect for the conventions of the horror film and his expert blending of chills and comedy. There are some stunning transformations masterminded by Rick Baker, a marvellous pub scene straight out of vintage Hammer and a superbly exciting climax staged in Piccaddilly Circus as the transformed Naughton runs amok. A treat of terror.  another film review follows >