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Review by C.J. Bunce

Some mysteries will never be solved.  That assertion is the subject of a smartly directed six-part series adaptation of Australian writer Lady Joan Lindsay’s 1960s historical Gothic mystery, Picnic at Hanging Rock, a 2018 Australian production with Amazon Studios, streaming now on Amazon.  Inspired by Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, Lindsay’s story is a mix of fantasy and reality, an indictment of intransigent Victorian mores and class strictures, and this version is a vast improvement on director Peter Weir’s 1975 infamous film adaptation.  Blending ethereal pastoral settings with dark terrors, via tight writing, impeccable historical settings and costume recreations, and a cast of intriguing, strong women, this is a must-watch for fans of British mysteries looking for something different.  It’s also a good way to catch some of your favorite young actresses in unique performances.

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Each of these three movie previews includes a supernatural fantasy film that may seem a bit light on concept yet all seem to have some potential.  They also have a young cast and seem to be aimed at a young adult audience.

First, in theaters today is After the Dark, starring James D’Arcy, who played a lieutenant in Peter Weir’s brilliant Jack Aubrey film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and was featured in the Hitchcock biopic as Anthony Perkins.  Harry Potter fans will be happy to see Bonnie Wright, Harry’s girlfriend Ginny Weasley, in her first post-Hogwarts lead role, as well as a slew of other actors in their 20s playing teen roles.

The blurb: Faced with an impending nuclear apocalypse, a group of twenty college students must determine which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race. The decision quickly becomes deadly as each in the group turns against each other in a desperate fight for survival.

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