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Friday 28 September 2012, 11:27

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I've just been to see House At The End Of The Street, the new horror film starring Jennifer Lawrence. It wasn't shown to the press before it opened - I wonder why?

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    Comment number 1.

    I like Jennifer Lawrence a lot (Winter's Bone especially), and after reading her profile on Wiki I was heartened to see that she wasn't another actor's daughter or a former model like so many of these modern starlets. Nepotism is rife in the movie industry - any other employer would be up to their eyes in writs and industrial tribunals.

    Now a lot of 'em are very good - Jake & Maggie, Len DiCaprio, Gwyneth etc - but it must be utterly galling for those aspiring thesps in the audience of The Actor's Studio when some superstar's sprog comes on, talks about their 'art' and gets to dispense advice on their 'chosen vocation' just because their folks phoned a friend.

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    Comment number 2.

    Good subject for a blog, for sure, but obviously your professional conscience sent you down the road to see the film. Is there not some unwritten code that says that if the critics are spurned by the distributors, then the film doesn't get column space? And can they expect a different response if, instead of putting on a screening, they send you a pre-release disc with "promotional copy" above the picture?

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    Comment number 3.

    A scathing review of the "Sweeney" after a press screening anyone? Recently reviewed by your counterpart on the Beeb who thought this is the way British cinema should be heading and enjoyed the film.

    If I had missed JS's review I had kept carrying on believing the film was probably tripe and waited for it's TV premiere, as it is I may now venture to the flicks if I get a chance.

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    Comment number 4.

    I wondered recently about the effect of criticism regarding John Carter.

    By the time the film was released in the UK it was kicked around so much that it had already been stamped as a failure.

    I went in as open minded as I could so I could, however I had the voice in the back of my mind that was saying it was rubbish regardless.

    As it turns out I hated the film, however I wonder how it would have played with a less critical response.

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    Comment number 5.

    I work at a cinema, was a projectionist until the dreaded little black boxes and master images started moving in, and for love nor money we cannot get a print (well hard-drive) of Resident Evil. We want it because we know it'll bring in some money, but the distributors don't want us to have it. Not only do they not want critics to see it, but clearly they don't want the public to see it either.


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