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Leatherface

Director: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury

Writer: Seth M. Sherwood

Cast: Sam Strike, Vanessa Grasse, James Bloor, Jessica Madsen, Sam Coleman, Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Finn Jones

Cert: 18

Running time: 97mins

Year: 2017



What’s the story: 1960s Texas. The young Jed Sawyer is taken from his murderous family and placed in a mental institution. Years later, a gang of inmates escape and a bloody road trip begins.

What’s the verdict: Having reached film number four, we predict directing duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury will never match their astonishing 2007 debut feature Inside.

That film carried the same ferocity as Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The duo’s last film, Among the Living, owed a debt to the 1974 horror classic in its hillbilly vengeance plot...

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Shell-Praiser: A Defense of Ghost in the Shell

SPIRITED REIMAGINING

(Spoiler warning: key plot points from Ghost in the Shell 2017 revealed in this feature)

Mired in whitewashing accusations since 2015 when Scarlett Johansson was announced in the lead. Subject of sustained online fan fury. Mediocre US box office Paramount Studios acknowledged was partly due to this controversy.

Is now a good time to admit I’m a fan of this incarnation of Ghost in the Shell? A reason for this being because of how it addresses its own casting and the surrounding debate? Please give me time to outline the case for the defence.

From Masamune Shirow’s 1989 manga, to Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 anime, its 2004 sequel Innocence, the Solid State Society and Arise spin-offs, Ghost in the Shell is constantly evolving and reworking its themes.

Themes of identity flu...

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