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Now showing at Backyard Cinema Camden Lock Place,London NW1 8AF

  • Cruel Intentions
  • From Dusk Till Dawn

Cruel Intentions 1 stars

Modern reinvention of Dangerous Liaisons in which two scheming stepsiblings plot the sexual downfall of a society virgin.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastSarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon.
  • DirectorRoger Kumble.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official site
  • Release11/06/1999

One of those 'it seemed like a good idea at the time' films, Cruel Intentions is a modern day reinvention of Les Liaisions Dangereuses, swapping the intrigues and deceptions of the French aristocracy for the bed-hopping of Manhattan schoolkids. Kathryn (Gellar) and Sebastian (Phillippe) are the lusty stepsiblings who make a wager to deflower celebrated society virgin Annette (Witherspoon) for their own private amusement. The plan seems simple enough - Sebastian endears himself to the initially wary Annette and worms his way into her bed, aided by Kathryn on the sidelines - but this soon becomes overly complicated when Sebastian falls for his victim and Kathryn becomes jealous of his infatuation with her. Written and directed by Roger Kumble using almost every cliche and bad line of dialogue in the Screenwriter's Handbook, Cruel Intentions is trash entertainment with a capital T. Kathryn and Sebastian's extremely cacked-hand seduction tactics - Gellar using her pneumatic assets at every opportunity, as Phillippe flashing his bum (again) for no other reason than he feels like it - make a mockery of the central idea of two master manipulators pursuing their helpless prey. The performances are equally laughable (especially Gellar whose husky delivery sounds like she's hyperventilating), culminating in one of the most ridiculous and unintentionally funny death scenes in recent memory. Not a patch on the original.

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Wednesday 30th July 2014

From Dusk Till Dawn 2 stars

Gory horror yarn about two criminals battling a saloon full of bloodthirsty vampires.

  • GenreHorror
  • CastGeorge Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Harvey Keitel.
  • DirectorRobert Rodriguez.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration108 mins
  • Official site

Mexican vampires try to foil a pair of guileless bank robbers, aided by splatter FX.

Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)

Thursday 31st July 2014
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