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Dan Carrier’s movies news: Lizzie; Aquaman; The Ponds

13 December, 2018 — By Dan Carrier


THE folk rhyme “Lizzie Borden took an axe, And gave her mother 40 whacks, When she saw what she had done, She gave her father 41” has long scared the little ones – and is a sign of how a gruesome set of murders in 19th-century America continues to play on the popular mind.

Now the story of who Lizzie was, and why she took a deep aversion to her family, is told with Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart as Lizzie the Massachusetts-based murderer and the Irish maid with whom she has a relationship with. Out this weekend, Lizzie is directed by Craig William Macneill.

• The life of a film reviewer revolves around a magic email sent out by the Film Distributors Association every Wednesday, letting you know which films you can see in advance of their general release the following week.

It’s like opening up a special present, a joyful piece of sacred information. But sometimes the list is conspicuous by the films that are strangely absent: they range from huge, huge, global blockbusters – for example, when Disney took on the Star Wars franchise, they micro-managed the previews by not revealing any details of where it could be seen in advance, and instead gave you an email address to request information from, which if they did not like the cut of your jib, they could simply ignore.

Other reasons for not putting films of the FDA list is, it is rumoured, because of fears that a poor series of reviews will kill a film before the opening weekend is out. I have no idea if the film Aquaman, with its glitzy cast of Jason Momoa (pictured), Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe, is any good.

It is out today (Thursday) – but if there was a reviewers’ screening I must have missed it. It wasn’t on our list. Let’s hope the watery sea myth superhero film doesn’t sink without a trace.

• The makers of the film The Ponds: Still Waters Run Deep, the documentary about swimming up the Heath, tell me a planned screening at the Hamp­stead Everyman in January is sold out, so get your tickets for the next screening, on January 27 at the Lexi, as soon as you can.


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