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quietearth [DVD News 05.05.09] news dvd

What do we have this week? Let's see, the Cannes premierer Wendy and Lucy which everyone seemed to love but me. Then we have the release of Gô Ohara's Geisha Assassin (aka Geisha vs Ninjas). Next is the Canadian horror from Maurice Devereaux End of the Line (review) which was released in Canada a few months back but now comes stateside. And last but not least is the micro-budget Brit horror Mum and Dad (review). I didn't particularly like this one but our London correspondent Ben Austwick loved it.

Trailers, synopses, amazon links and all that after ze break!

Wendy and Lucy
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Wendy Carroll (Michelle Williams) is driving to Ketchikan, Alaska, in hopes of a summer of lucrative work at the Northwestern Fish cannery, and the start of a new life with her dog, Lucy. When her car breaks down in Oregon, however, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions, with far-ranging repercussions for herself and Lucy. "Wendy and Lucy" addresses issues of sympathy and generosity at the edges of American life, revealing the limits and depths of people's duty to each other in tough times.

Geisha Assassin
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To take revenge for the murder of her father, a beautiful geisha duels with a number of assassins. This is a new Japanese action movie in which geishas, ninjas, samurais and bonzes are fighting. Can she really avenge her father’s death?

End of the Line
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In this unsettling and creepy thriller, Karen (Ilona Elkin), a young nurse who works in a psychiatric ward, boards the last subway train of the night only to have it stop suddenly in the middle of the tunnel. As those around her are brutally murdered, Karen and a handful of survivors must face supernatural forces, homicidal religious cult members, as well as their own fears and suspicions of Armageddon, in order to survive.

Mum and Dad
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Finding herself stranded after work one night, airport cleaner Lena accepts an offer of help from perky colleague Birdie, who lives nearby with her closeknit family. But Birdie's front door proves to be the gateway to a very British sort of nightmare … This genuinely shocking, darkly witty Brit horror pushes all the boundaries – as well as offering a troubling alternative explanation for the recent chaos at a certain new flight terminal. Contains scenes which some viewers may find disturbing.

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