REVIEW: Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

Years after the Pamela Voorhees murders, a fresh group of camp counselors travel to Crystal Lake - only to find a new killer stalking the woods, killing them all one by one. The huge commercial success of Friday the 13th pretty much guaranteed that Paramount Pictures was going to order a sequel. Released just under a year ...

REVIEW: The Fairy (2011)

Dom (Dominique Abel) works the counter of a small hotel in a French seaside town. One day a woman named Fiona (Fiona Gordon) arrives at his hotel, proclaims herself to be a fairy and offers him three wishes. When Fiona spontaneously disappears that night, Dom sets out on a quest to find her again. Dominique ...

REVIEW: Friday the 13th (1980)

A group of college students assemble at Camp Crystal Lake, a summer camp that has been abandoned since the drowning of a child and the subsequent murder of two camp counselors. Whatever anonymous murder committed the original crimes, however, has returned. The students are stalked and killed one by one by an unseen assailant. Let's ...

REVIEW: Beyond the Reach (2014)

A professional tracker named Ben (Jeremy Irvine) is hired to escort the wealthy trophy hunter John Madec (Michael Douglas) out to the New Mexico wilderness to hunt for endangered bighorn. When an over-eager Madec accidentally shoots a prospector dead, he tries to buy his way out of trouble. When Ben refuses to play along, Madec ...

REVIEW: Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

A gunslinger (Daniel Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the wild west town of Absolution. When aliens begin abducting the townsfolk, the gunslinger teams up with a mysterious young woman (Olivia Wilde) and a battle-hardened cattle rancher (Harrison Ford) to rescue the humans and defeat the alien menace. In all honesty Cowboys & ...

REVIEW: Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

After discovered a fossilized reptilian claw in the Amazon, geologist Dr Carl Maia (Antonio Moreno) puts together an expedition to return and find further evidence of the previously undiscovered species. Along with ichthyologist Dr David Reed (Richard Carlson), the wealthy Dr Mark Williams (Richard Denning) and scientist Kay Lawrence (Julie Adams), Dr Maia returns to ...

REVIEW: Chongqing Hotpot (2016)

Three friends run a failing Chongqing hot pot restaurant constructed out of a disused underground bomb shelter. When they attempt to make an illegal extension of the restaurant into an adjacent shelter, they accidentally knock a hole into the vault of a bank down the road. Yang Qing's 2016 film Chongqing Hotpot is nominally a comedy, but ...

REVIEW: Black Sun (1964)

A jazz-obsessed homeless delinquent named Mei (Tamio Kawaji) lives in the tower of a derelict Tokyo cathedral, and spends his days engaged in petty theft and hot-wiring cars. Returning home one night he discovers an injured American G.I. (Chico Roland) hiding out from the police after apparently murdering a fellow soldier. Koreyoshi Kurahara's The Warped Ones remains ...

REVIEW: Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana (Gal Gadot), Princess of Themyscira, travels from the safety of her home to the front lines of World War I to aid American spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and to confront and defeat the war god Ares - whom she believes is responsible for creating the conflict in the first place. It beggars belief ...

GUEST REVIEW: Wonder Woman (2017)

When it comes to cinema, I prefer to read and hear a plurality of voices. To contribute in a small way to that variety of voices, I have invited some other writers to review new and classic films on this website. I am thrilled that the first-ever guest critic on FictionMachine is Australian science fiction and fantasy ...

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