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Review: Dog Day Afternoon

Sonny (Al Pacino) and his volatile but none-too-bright colleague Sal (John Cazale) are attempting to rob a Brooklyn bank in broad daylight. Their other accomplice gets cold feet right beforehand and flees. There’s not as much money at the bank as Sonny expected. A hostage situation ensues, as both the law and the media turn up. So does a crowd of people, who initially view the robbers as Robin Hood-types. Then they find out the real reason why Sonny’s robbing the bank. What should’ve taken 10 minutes, goes on for hours and hours. Charles Durning plays the cop trying to get the hostages released safely and the situation resolved calmly. Sully Boyar and Carol Kane play bank employees, whilst a young Lance Henriksen plays a Fed, and Chris Sarandon plays Leon, someone very special to Sonny.Sidney Lumet made a turkey or two in his time (“Equus”, “A Stranger Among Us”, “Power”), but when he was on-target he’s was one of cinema’s finest with good-to-great films like “12 Angry Men”, “The Dead…

Review: Virgin Witch

Two sisters (Ann and Vicki Michelle) try to make it as models in London. Well, it’s really just Ann it seems who has that ambition. Whilst Vicki is pre-occupied with a new man (Keith Buckley), Ann falls in with a modelling agency run by lesbian Patricia Haines. After Haines takes Ann’s…um…measurements, Haines says she needs Ann to fill in at the last minute on a modelling job at a country estate for the weekend. Being that Ann isn’t a complete idiot, she takes sister Vicki along for support/protection. The carefree Ann isn’t exactly shy about her body, and happily poses nude for photographer James Chase once she relaxes. Meanwhile, Vicki explores the estate and runs into doctor Neil Hallett, the owner of the estate. You probably think there’s going to be some coupling going on here, but as the title suggests, there’s something far more sinister in the plans here this weekend.Tigon British were a fairly short-lived production/distribution company that never quite competed with Hammer o…