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1995 Directed by Paul Warner

Wrong People, Wrong Place, Wrong Time.

Three young men decide to plan a mock kidnapping, but everything goes wrong because a real bank robbery was already planned by two other guys.

Stephen Baldwin Sheryl Lee Jason London David Arquette Jonah Blechman J. Michael Hunter Richard K. Olsen Sammy Kershaw Mickey Rourke Steve Alden Michael Edelstein Jeff Gardner Tom Hull Amy Parrish John Henry Scott Paul Skemp Emily Wachtel Suellen Yates

Director Director

Paul Warner

Assistant Directors Asst. Directors

Derek Johansen Mark Anthony Little

Additional Directing Add. Directing

Dorsay Alavi

Producers Producers

Edward Bates Rochelle Bates Larry Oliver

Executive Producers Exec. Producers

Jay Cohen Frank Cinelli

Writers Writers

Steve Alden Paul Skemp

Casting Casting

Andrea Stone Brokaw Laurel Smith

Editor Editor

Steven Nevius

Cinematography Cinematography

Mark J. Gordon

Additional Photography Add. Photography

Thomas Trovato

Production Design Production Design

Andrew Precht

Art Direction Art Direction

Alison Sadler

Composer Composer

Hummie Mann

Costume Design Costume Design

Elena Baranova

Makeup Makeup

Tena Austin Kenny Diaz

Hairstyling Hairstyling

Mitchell Stone

Bates Entertainmant Capitol Films Live Entertainment

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13 may 1995, releases by country.

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Review by Nick Mullen ★ 1

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Jayson Kennedy

Review by Jayson Kennedy ★★½ 1

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

Three gangster wannabes (David Arquette, Jason London, Jonah Blechman) stage a kidnapping for kicks but drive off with a thug on the verge of bank robbery. Their dangerous hostage (Stephen Baldwin) takes control and holes up in a woodland shack while his partner (Mickey Rourke) grabs the lookout. As both strong-arm the trio for information, revised plans are hatched and double-crosses ensue...

Good enough fare before dawn's break on a Sunday morning. Tarantino comparisons are apt if Quentin was running at quarter talent and decided on a coming-of-age crime drama set in the '50s. It places the often unspoken sexual tension of machoism at the forefront through its male principles. This aspect comes to define as contrived twists and comment…

Blaze the Action Junkie

Review by Blaze the Action Junkie ★½

Quite plainly a knock-off of Tarantino's early works. Rourke isn't bad, but most of the other acting is. The production seems clunky and awkward as well, with many of the events not really adding much to the film. Slightly entertaining in its best moments.

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Review by megan ★

Randi Reckless

Review by Randi Reckless ★

Like watching a student film that somehow got to cast Mickey Rourke. Imagine if Rourke had just accepted the role of Butch in Pulp Fiction instead of later doing this??


Review by Yarjka ★½

This started off bad and never really improved. It’s full of half-hearted attempts to mimic an early Tarantino vibe but within a ‘50s atmosphere. Now that Tarantino himself has done some period pieces, this just looks all the worse. The concept itself is not awful, but the way it plays out is extremely frustrating.

The camera work is some of the worst I’ve ever seen. It’s annoyingly present, with steady zooms and off angle shots, but not in a cool fun way. It’s just distracting and I couldn’t wait for the movie to end so I could stop having to watch it through this perspective.

Mondo Cinema

Review by Mondo Cinema ★½

In trying to make some Pulp Fiction like, 90s indie scene art film, director Paul Warner falls short on every aspect, in this confusing boring, and pretentus crime drama. It's hard to tell what's worse, David Arquette and Stephen Baldwin stinking up the same movie, Mickey Rourke apparently refusing to wear period appropriate clothing, or the films weak attempt at relevance with, and I shit you not, traumatic flashbacks to a dropped birthday cake, not to mention the creepy pedophile vibe. I felt embarrassed for all involved.

Mondo Cinema out....


Review by Bludgeoner86 ★★½

Fall Time is a strange movie but not in any good way. The film follows three rambunctious teenagers on a collision course with some flamboyant criminals. The three teens, David, Joe and Tim are planning to pull the mother of all pranks because they will be graduating high school soon. However, none of this is explicitly made clear to the viewer, the graduation part. Mainly they are mulling over what they want to do for a living and uttering the phrase "last time" or something similar. One would almost make it seem like a suicide pact more than anything.

David has stolen his father's car and his gun and wants to meet his friend in front of the bank at…

Jack Delyea

Review by Jack Delyea ★★★½ 1

this is like a fun hidden gem but when you look closer it's just cubic zirconia and when you step back you realize it was hidden in the 90's actual incarnated anus. for me the actors succeed in spite of the pretentious direction and brilliant-on-the-surface-but-not-fleshed-out ideas. i do recommend this film if you know nothing about it's existence and you happen upon it, if you like Tarantino knock offs, want to see a crack at the weirdest sexual undertones in film history, if you like analog camera footage and if you like being left in the dark on whether or not something was crafted through the lens of autism or by a genius troll. if you ironed out the kinks this could be a masterpiece.


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Review by Nickstradamus ★

So directors have just been letting Mickey Rourke do and say whatever he wants onscreen for a while, huh?

This is a terrible movie set in the 50s, where Rourke and Not-Alec Baldwin are would-be bank robbers, but Mickey is dressed as an early 90s pimp, all wraparound sunglasses and zipper-laden alligator-skin leather jackets, glowering in the shadows while speaking dialogue that is pure gibberish — all choices he clearly chose on his own. It’s deeply distracting but somehow fitting for this completely pointless tale of toughs who end up kidnapping a trio of teen boys who are planning their own dangerous bank-related prank. Those teens round out the incredibly terrible cast, adding Jason London and David Arquette who bring literally…

Peter Dragovich

Review by Peter Dragovich ★★★½

I kinda really liked this one. It makes so little sense and is even stupid in spots but the performances are so good and the story, dumb and coincidental as it often is, is kinda cool. It's also absurdly gay, full of homoerotic male bonding and S&M gay bondage and torture. It's a fucking weird movie, like, more people should check this fucking weird movie out.

It's a fifties period movie set in rural Wisconsin (though everybody has a different accent, many of them southern because they're in a small town, I guess?) about three bros who take David Arquette's dad's car to fake a murder/kidnapping for some stupid reason then get mixed up with Baldwin (never better) and Mickey…

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Fall Time

21 Jul 1995

Paul Warner's muddled first film jaunts back to the apple pie days of the 50s to tell a tale of lost innocence.

A trio of high school buddies contrive one last farewell to their smalltown world by pulling off an elaborate prank. Dressed in identikit gangster togs David and Joe (David Arquette and Jonah Blechman) plan to roll into their sleepy Minnesota town, gun-down their pal Tim (London) using blanks, bundle him into the boot and drive off to their cabin hideout leaving a bemused town behind. But instead, they hit and kidnap Leon (Baldwin), an identically dressed hood about to knock off the bank under the watchful eye of his partner Florence (Rourke).

Leon, dumb, nervy and sadistic, turns the tables and takes David and Joe hostage at the cabin. Unsure whether he's been double-crossed by Florence in league with the boys, he decides to torture them to find out. Meanwhile, the equally sadistic but infinitely more intelligent Florence is working Tim over in town to find out what he knows. Florence agrees that as long as Tim takes Leon's place in the heist, he may consider letting the boys live.

With the tension simmering towards the final meltdown, Warner inexcusably flips the fast forward button and the film blurs into an incomprehensible mess during which it's almost impossible to figure out what's going on, let alone why. The last half is so badly out of synch with the pace and fine drama of the first that even the efforts of the sterling cast can't save this unlikely yet well scripted study of the anomalies of the 50s.

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Scott Mann ’s “Fall” belongs to the trapped horror subgenre of films like “ The Shallows ” and “ Open Water ,” but it takes a dynamic that usually unfolds in the middle of deep water to thousands of feet in the air. Mann and co-writer Jonathan Frank have a clever concept that results in a film that should be avoided by anyone with even the mildest vertigo—I wouldn’t say I’m particularly afraid of heights but there are some scenes that made my stomach turn a bit. You’ve been warned. Sadly, the concept only takes “Fall” so high, and the execution, including some ineffective acting, editing, and other technical choices, makes this a misfire. It doesn’t exactly crash to Earth as much as drift off into the forgettable air of film history.

Becky ( Grace Caroline Currey ), husband Dan ( Mason Gooding ), and Becky’s BFF Hunter ( Virginia Gardner ) are climbing a sheer mountain face in the opening scene when tragedy strikes and Dan plummets to the ground below. A year later, Becky is drowning her grief in a bottle, avoiding Hunter and her worried father James ( Jeffrey Dean Morgan , taking a part so small that it's like a favor to a friend). One day, Insta-star Hunter comes to Becky with a proposal: They’re going to climb an abandoned 2,000-foot TV tower that’s basically in the middle of nowhere, from which they will find closure and spread Dan’s ashes. Of course, it goes very wrong, leaving Becky and Hunter stranded on top of the tower with no way down and no way to communicate with anyone who might be able to save them.

Filmed in the Mojave Desert, the vast majority of “Fall” takes place on the tower, and the film admittedly gets some nice adrenaline from the initial climb and disastrous ladder collapse that follows. In fact, there’s a better version of the film that starts right with the climb, allowing the characters’ trauma to arise through their conversations on the way up instead of with a horrendous set-up act that’s filled with clichés and poor filmmaking (it also would have helped reduce the runtime on a 107-minute movie that should be closer to 87). When Becky and Hunter begin their actual ascent, Mann has his firmest grip on the movie, building tension in a way that can be pretty effective.

And then “Fall” stalls again. Hunter is given a secret that's more like melodrama than realism, vultures and drones get involved, and the movie gets increasingly silly through its final act. The best “trapped” films usually rely on realism, making viewers feel like they’re actually trapped in the rocky waves of a film like “Open Water,” and “Fall” crumbles under that analysis. Currey and Gardner give committed performances in physical terms—it looks like an exhausting production—but they’re saddled with juvenile dialogue that doesn’t capture the terror people would really feel in this situation. “Fall” only works if we believe the predicament in which Becky and Hunter are trapped, but the thin dialogue, showy cinematography, and overzealous edits betray the potential of this nightmare.

Ultimately, “Fall” has been designed to be seen on as a big a screen as possible, which is why Lionsgate is going wide with it this weekend instead of shuffling it off to VOD. Much has been written about getting ticket buyers back into theaters with event movies that demand the theatrical experience. It's too bad this effort to help keep the theater industry aloft will only let viewers down.

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When a practical joke backfires on three teens, they unwittingly become involved in a bank robbery. Mickey Rourke, Stephen Baldwin. Patty: Sheryl Lee. Tim: Jason London. David: David Arquette. Joe: Jonah Blechman. Paul Warner directed.

Standing as a good example of the Cinema of Cruelty, FALL TIME is a stunning examination of loss of innocence in the 1950s. It's not a coming-of-age ode but a coming-of-death rumination. Rebelling against the mapped-out constrictiveness of their futures, buddies-since childhood David (David Arquette), Tim (Jason London), and Joe (Jonah Blechman) run through their most elaborate practical joke ever. While they plan a small-town lark in which they'll masquerade as robbers and pretend to shoot Tim, a sinister pair of career criminals, Florence (Mickey Rourke) and Leon (Stephen Baldwin), are planning a heist of the same bank the teens have targeted. Foiling the robbery of the pros, Dave and Joey shoot a perplexed Leon with blanks and stuff him into the trunk of their car. Acting instinctually, Florence tracks Tim, terrorizes him into fessing up, and then decides to strong-arm the lad into carrying out the heist with him. Pulling a real weapon on the teens when they release him, edgy Leon imprisons the easily cowed Dave and Joey at their clubhouse and refuses to buy their far-fetched explanation. Paranoid, he badgers them into concocting a story of Florence's betraying him. Told that Leon will ice his buddies, Tim slips into Leon's role and knocks over the bank, but is surprised when Patty (Sheryl Lee), Florence's inside woman at the bank, claims to be an innocent teller after Tim takes her hostage. She seduces Tim after they flee the crime-scene to beat Florence to the hideaway. Before Tim can rescue his friends, Florence guns down Joey at the cabin. Seeming to appease doubtful Leon with this murder, Florence stabs his accomplice to death, rubs out Dave during his shot at freedom, and then wounds Tim. Corrupted by his recent experiences and grieving for his pals, Tim shoots down Florence, and watches wily Patty escape with the bank haul. FALL TIME runs the gamut from heavy-handed knowingness, present in the film's satire of Eisenhower Era complacency, to the icy brilliance demonstrated in its analysis of deviant behavior. Denied a theatrical release because of billing squabbles by the co-stars, this smartly constructed film plays like a joyride where the stolen car's brakes fail; the hapless boys fatefully get more than they bargained for simply by putting themselves in the wrong place at the worst time. Directed with sadistic relish, the scenes of the career criminals mind-gaming and torturing these teen rebels are almost unbearable. Although the bogus bank teller is a key plot element, the character diminishes the screenplay's over-all impact even as she supplies a sex break and provides climax-stalling suspense; somehow the introduction of the dishy dame upsets the delicate balance of the twisted big-brothering of the felons and their victims. Whether power-tripping each other or giving the victims a bitter reality check, Baldwin and Rourke are superb. More commanding than he has been in years, Rourke boasts a lopsided grin that even Satan might envy. Reveling in an opportunity to call the shots, passive-aggressive Leon is chillingly embodied by Baldwin: He is a slave who loses control without his master's domination. The homoerotic undertones in their relationships don't merely jazz up the film with aberrant psychological icing. Their sexual tension seems like role-playing learned as part of prison survival: Florence feeds off Leon's hero worship to get his own way. If the younger players aren't as memorable, that may be the end result of the nature of their victim roles. When they cringe with resigned hopelessness, however, the audience does, too. FALL TIME takes crime seriously, and in doing so, it's more repellently scary than most horror films.(Graphic violence, extreme profanity, sexual situations, adult situations.)

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FALL TIME (director: Paul Warner; screenwriters: Steve Alden/Paul Skemp; cinematographer: Mark J. Gordon; editor: Steve Nevius; music: Hummie Mann; cast: Mickey Rourke (Florence), Sheryl Lee (Patty/Carol), Stephen Baldwin (Leon), David Arquette (David), Jonah Blechman (Joe), J Michael Hunter (Big John), Jason London (Tim), Steve Alden (Officer Lyle), Jeff Gardner (Ken), Michael Edelstein (Bank Manager), Suellen Yates (David’s Mom), Tom Hull (Gas Station Attendant), Sammy Kershaw (Officer Donny), Richard K. Olsen (Officer Duane); Runtime: 88; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Edward Bates; Live Home Video; 1995) “A direct-to-cable indie bank heist drama starring Micky Rourke, in a tailor-made role as the kind of sleaze that’s both menacing and hilarious.”

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

A direct-to-cable indie bank heist drama starring Micky Rourke, in a tailor-made role as the kind of sleaze that’s both menacing and hilarious. First-time director Paul Warner has a lively premise going but the writers Steve Alden and Paul Skemp can’t make this quirky caper/comedy flick over mistaken identities that believable or keep it interesting throughout or from becoming too muddled, nevertheless it has some entertainment value due to its sicko goofiness, colorful performances, clever plot twists and a healthy display of 1950’s nostalgia: references to the “Lone Ranger and Tonto” and Mr. Peepers’ TV show, the vintage ‘big fin’ cars and a futile emergency first-aid practice site on Main Street in case of an atomic attack.

It’s set in the late 1950s in rural Caledonia, Wisconsin. Recent wiseguy high-school grads David (David Arquette), Tim (Jason London) and Joe (Jonah Blechman) dressing as 1930’s styled gangsters in dark suits and sunglasses borrow without permission the 1955 Black Caddy of Big John, David’s father, and plan a prank ‘murder’ in front of their small-town bank on Main Street. Tim fires blanks from a real gun at someone who is dressed like Tim, Leon (Steve Baldwin), and then shoves him in the trunk and speed off to their country hideout. They will soon discover their mistake and are taken hostage and tortured by an irate Leon, who fears that his heist partner and ex-con lover Florence (Mickey Rourke) double-crossed him. The tan leather clad Florence, the mastermind behind the robbery, quickly reacts to the robbery being botched by taking the befuddled Tim, still on the street after the incident, at gunpoint as a hostage, instead of doing the more logical thing of following the black Caddy. After a homoerotic torture and sophist philosophy session, Florence Nightingale convinces the teen to rob the bank. Tim’s given one bullet and told to empty the vault and take as a hostage the bank loan officer Patty (Sheryl Lee), who is on the robbery. Then Florence will enter as an FBI agent and this will give Patty and Tim the opportunity to flee with the loot and return to the teens’ hideout, where Florence will later meet them. But the caper and the prank turn into a macabre bloodbath–which is poorly and unconvincingly acted out with mucho bathos.

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In this nerve-shredding thriller, two young women fight to survive while stranded on top of a 2,000-foot TV tower.

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If you, too, are afraid of heights, you’re likely to experience “Fall” as a straightforward horror movie instead of a thriller. The director Scott Mann has certainly packed this latest venture with enough jump scares and bloodshed to blur genre lines. As a result, “Fall” occasionally feels overrun with gimmicks and gotchas, but it also offers one hell of an adrenaline rush.

The film opens on a tragedy. Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and her husband, Dan (Mason Gooding), are scaling a cliff face with their friend Hunter (Virginia Gardner), when an accident sends Dan plummeting to his death. Just shy of a year later, Hunter drags Becky back into the climbing game by promising her an easy half-day jaunt up a 2,000-foot TV tower. The two have been estranged; Hunter spent the last year becoming an influencer while Becky binge drank and contemplated suicide. But when they end up stranded on a small platform at the top of the tower, reconciliation takes a back seat to survival.

“Fall” loses its grip in the final act, as tension gives way to ludicrous horrors. Still, its twists are so bizarre that they’re kind of fun, and the actors sell them hard .

Most of all, this is an impressive feat of cinema. The bulk of the film was shot on a 60-foot platform on top of a mountain, to keep things looking realistic. Of course, that only makes “Fall” all the more harrowing. As Becky and Hunter’s brushes with death compounded, I kept flattening myself into my seat like a literal scaredy cat. Be glad it’s not playing in IMAX.

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For best friends Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner), life is all about conquering fears and pushing limits. But after they climb 2,000 feet to the top of a remote, abandoned radio tower, they find themselves stranded with no way down. Now Becky and Hunter's expert climbing skills will be put to the ultimate test as they desperately fight to survive the elements, a lack of supplies, and vertigo-inducing heights in this adrenaline-fueled thriller costarring Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Rating: PG-13 (Intense Peril|Bloody Images|Strong Language)

Genre: Mystery & thriller

Original Language: English

Director: Scott Mann

Producer: David Haring , James Harris , Mark Lane , Scott Mann , Christian Mercuri

Writer: Jonathan Frank , Scott Mann

Release Date (Theaters): Aug 12, 2022  wide

Box Office (Gross USA): $7.2M

Runtime: 1h 47m

Distributor: Lionsgate Films

Production Co: Tea Shop Productions, Capstone Studios

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One of cinema’s great wonders is the way a few moving pictures on a flat screen — composed and choreographed just so — can make a viewer’s palms sweat and heart race. Just look at “Fall,” a survival thriller that at times feels like an extended experiment in audience-poking, testing how many times director Scott Mann can induce a state of mild panic by repeatedly showing the same image. That image? Two young women standing on a small metal platform, perched 2,000 feet above the ground, attached to a narrow tower with no ladder.

“Fall” stars Grace Caroline Currey as Becky, a skilled mountain climber still reeling a year after witnessing the accidental death of her husband during an ascent. Virginia Gardner plays her best friend, Hunter, a social media influencer and daredevil who tries to shake Becky out of her torpor by inviting her along as she shimmies up an abandoned communications tower in the desert. On the way up, the ladies do have a ladder — rusty and shaky. But while they’re triumphantly taking selfies at the top, the way back down collapses.

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Mann and his co-writer, Jonathan Frank, follow a lot of the formulas for these kinds of movies, for better and for worse. On the downside, they pad out their story with Becky’s personal trauma, making her unresolved feelings about her husband’s death a bigger part of the plot than they need to be.

On the upside, “Fall” does what the best survival movies do, by carefully enumerating the resources the heroes have at their disposal so that we can enjoy watching them figure out how to deploy these pieces wisely — or wince as they waste chances. At the moment when the ladder crashes, Becky and Hunter have no cell service, and the backpack with their water is stuck on a dish about 20 feet below them. But they do have a drone camera, a flare gun, two phones and climbing gear. How can they use what they have to get help, while avoiding the circling vultures and whipping winds?

A similar question could be asked of the filmmakers: Can they do enough with this tiny amount of material to fill a whole movie? Well … sort of. Mann and Frank throw in some unexpected twists and obstacles; but while this film is quite long, it still feels like it’s missing one or two more story beats, either early or late. The space occupied by Becky’s heartbreak could’ve been filled with something more viscerally gripping.

That said: Oh jeez, that tower is so tall, and that platform so small, and those women look like they’re barely hanging on. For the most part, “Fall” works because it plucks on the same raw nerve, over and over. How many times can Mann freak out the audience by cutting to a vertiginous shot of the unfolding crisis? Every time. Sometimes cinema is simple.


Rating: PG-13, for bloody images, intense peril and strong language Running time: 1 hour, 47 minutes Playing: In general release Aug. 12

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Profanity and mixed messages in perilous pulse-pounder.

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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Themes of friendship, facing your fears, and livin

The main characters are young women who are incred

Story centers on two strong, brave female mountain

Explicit modeling of reckless, dangerous choices.

Women wear low-cut tank tops, athletic gear, night

Frequent use of profanity, including "ass," "a--ho

Grieving character gets drunk and has to be stoppe

Parents need to know that Fall is an action thriller dealing with overcoming grief and fear. It centers on two young, adventurous women -- Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner) -- who may be aspirational figures for teen girls. They're incredibly brave, and one is a fearless daredevil…

Positive Messages

Themes of friendship, facing your fears, and living life to the fullest. That said, living by this mantra gets the characters into a life-threatening situation.

Positive Role Models

The main characters are young women who are incredibly strong and brave, as well as creative problem solvers.

Diverse Representations

Story centers on two strong, brave female mountain climbers/adventurers, Becky and Hunter, though there are moments in which they're objectified. Black supporting character.

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Violence & Scariness

Explicit modeling of reckless, dangerous choices. Peril comes from characters putting themselves in a dangerous situation, but threats that come from nature are terrifying, realistic, sometimes fatal. Wounds are bloody and graphic. Vultures peck and disembowel a carcass; organs seen. Suicidal intent displayed.

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Sex, Romance & Nudity

Women wear low-cut tank tops, athletic gear, nightgowns and are photographed through "the male gaze." Hunter is a YouTuber whose memorable mantra is "t-ts for clicks!" Pole-dancing reference and quick visual. Romantic conversation between married couple in bed together.

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Frequent use of profanity, including "ass," "a--hole," "d--k," "screw that," "s--t," "son of a bitch," "t-ts," and "whore." One use of "f--k off."

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Grieving character gets drunk and has to be stopped from driving. Prescription pills are taken, and a character pours many into her hand to indicate that she's considering intentionally overdosing.

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Parents need to know that Fall is an action thriller dealing with overcoming grief and fear. It centers on two young, adventurous women -- Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and Hunter ( Virginia Gardner ) -- who may be aspirational figures for teen girls. They're incredibly brave, and one is a fearless daredevil. But -- and perhaps this is because almost everyone behind the camera is a middle-aged man -- there are elements that undermine the female-empowering storyline. For example, there's a gratuitous pole-dancing scene. And the camera doesn't miss an opportunity to show how their tops just can't contain their breasts ("t-ts for clicks!" is Hunter's mantra). The women are trying to survive the elements, and the peril they face is nonstop and intense. Injuries are graphic, bloody, and even deadly. A despondent character gets drunk in a bar, almost drives home, and contemplates suicide. Persistent use of profanity includes "ass," "d--k," "s--t," and "f--k off." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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In FALL, rock climbers Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and Hunter ( Virginia Gardner ) set out to climb one of the United States' largest structures, an abandoned radio tower. When the 2,000-foot climb doesn't go as planned, the women must find a way to get to safety -- or die trying.

Is It Any Good?

Two women climb to new heights, only to find they can't escape the patriarchy in writer-director Scott Mann's vertigo-inducing actioner. Fall is competently made, with cinematography that will have viewers on the edge of their seats. It's one part suspense, one part horror. This is about surviving the elements, like a different kind of Cast Awa y -- one borne out of the main characters' recklessly overconfident decisions. And, just like in a horror movie, viewers will want to yell at the screen: "Don't do it!"

From a parenting standpoint, there's a great benefit to that approach: Perhaps, when faced with the option of participating in dangerous situations, teens who've seen Fall will "know better" because they've walked in the characters' shoes. There's no doubt that Mann is a dad, especially when the storyline takes a turn that reinforces the idea that "Father knows best." But there's also no doubt that Mann and his co-writer Jonathan Frank are men who grew up seeing women portrayed on screen in a different way than we expect today -- and that's where Fall plummets. Warrant's "Cherry Pie" blasts throughout, and it's hard to imagine that two 28-year-old women in 2022 would even know this sexist 1990 anthem, much less make it their ring tone. They're wardrobed so that their breasts spill out of their shirts, with Mann so aware that it's objectification nonsense that he writes a justification into the script. And, somehow in this story that's about a woman finding her inner strength when she's already incredibly physically strong, the script finds a way to make it about men ( sigh ). Just like Becky and Hunter's plans, this film starts with promise, only to drop with a thud.

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Movie Details

  • In theaters : August 12, 2022
  • On DVD or streaming : September 27, 2022
  • Cast : Grace Caroline Currey , Virginia Gardner , Jeffrey Dean Morgan
  • Director : Scott Mann
  • Inclusion Information : Female actors
  • Studio : Lionsgate
  • Genre : Thriller
  • Topics : Sports and Martial Arts , Friendship
  • Character Strengths : Courage , Teamwork
  • Run time : 107 minutes
  • MPAA rating : PG-13
  • MPAA explanation : bloody images, intense peril, and strong language
  • Last updated : September 29, 2023

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Review : Film Fall Time

“Fall Time: A Dark, Twisted Tale of Friendship and Betrayal”

“Fall Time,” a gripping crime drama released in 1995, has intrigued audiences with its enigmatic characters, dark storyline, and the exploration of the complexities of human relationships under pressure. Directed by Paul Warner, this film takes viewers on a haunting journey through the lives of three small-town friends who become ensnared in a web of crime and deception. In this article, we will delve into the film’s intricate plot, its complex characters, its impact on the crime thriller genre, and why it remains a hidden gem of the ’90s.

“Fall Time” unfolds against the backdrop of a quiet, rural town, where three lifelong friends – Leon, Tim, and Joe – embark on a bank robbery that quickly spirals out of control. What begins as a seemingly simple heist soon turns into a nightmarish ordeal filled with violence, deception, and betrayal. As the stakes rise and the bonds of friendship are tested, the trio finds themselves on a harrowing path with no way out.

The Characters:

The film’s strength lies in its well-drawn, complex characters, each with their own motivations and secrets:

Leon (David Arquette): The impulsive and charismatic leader of the group, Leon’s decisions set the events of the film into motion, ultimately leading to dire consequences.

Tim (Jason London): A more reserved and cautious member of the trio, Tim struggles to maintain his moral compass as the situation unravels.

Joe (Jonah Blechman): The third member of the group, Joe’s loyalty is put to the test as the group navigates the treacherous aftermath of their crime.

Impact on the Crime Thriller Genre:

“Fall Time” is a hidden gem within the crime thriller genre. While it may not have achieved widespread recognition, it offers a gritty and intense exploration of the human psyche under extreme circumstances. The film delves into themes of loyalty, betrayal, and the consequences of one’s actions, which are at the core of many great crime thrillers.


“Fall Time” stands as a dark and brooding masterpiece that invites viewers to explore the morally ambiguous world of crime and its impact on friendships. Whether you’re a fan of suspenseful crime dramas, character-driven storytelling, or simply seeking an underappreciated gem from the ’90s, this film is well worth your time. Prepare to be immersed in the twisted world of “Fall Time,” where choices have consequences, loyalty is tested, and the line between right and wrong blurs into a haunting and unforgettable narrative.

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The 10 Best Rise-and-Fall Movies, Ranked

"What goes up I know one day has got to come down."

Rise-and-fall narratives are exactly what they sound like from the name alone: stories that show someone making a name for themselves, acquiring a level of power or influence, and then eventually losing it. Sometimes, these stories focus on a group of characters or perhaps even an entire institution/industry, but they most commonly look at individuals. This type of story is as old as time, because such narratives tend to belong to the broad genre of tragedy, the origins of which go back to Ancient Greece .

In more recent times (at least as long as cinema's been around), such stories have often been associated with the gangster genre, though certainly not exclusively. The following movies aim to demonstrate this, showcasing a range of crime movies and non-crime movies that have some sort of rise-and-fall narrative front and center. These films - all dealing with the gaining and then loss of power, wealth, or influence - are ranked below, starting with the good and ending with the all-time greats.

10 'Napoleon' (2023)

Director: ridley scott.

Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon Bonaparte riding a white horse into battle in Ridley Scott's Napoleon

There have been countless movies made about Napoleon Bonaparte over the last 100 years, with something like 1927's Napoleon focusing on his early years and rise to power, and something like 1970's Waterloo being all about his downfall (by focusing on the titular battle). Ridley Scott's 2023 film Napoleon , however, aims to give a broad overview of the emperor/military commander's entire life, thereby showing how he rose to power and then ultimately lost it.

The execution of the theatrical version of Napoleon leaves something to be desired , as it has to rush through many things (and leave out certain events entirely) to condense one dramatic life into a single movie. Still, Joaquin Phoenix is up to the task of playing this figure over many years, and though this can't be called an exhaustive Napoleon movie by any means, as far as overviews of the man's life go, it could certainly be worse.

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9 'The Public Enemy' (1931)

Director: william a. wellman.

James Cagney as Tom Powers looking angry in The Public Enemy - 1931

If an old-school gangster movie features James Cagney in a starring role, there’s a very good chance that it’s going to be a classic . This is the case for The Public Enemy , which could be called genre-defining for crime/gangster movies as a whole. As an early example of this sort of narrative centering on someone involved in a life of crime, it may have been bested in grit and intensity by later films, but by the standards of 1931, The Public Enemy certainly impresses.

Cagney plays one half of a young gangster duo, with both men – childhood friends – starting out doing petty crime, moving onto bigger and better things, yet ultimately finding unchecked ambition to be their undoing. It laid the groundwork for how a tragic character arc within a gangster movie should function, and is one of many films from the 1930s that, when assessed together, show it to be something of an early golden age for the genre .

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8 'BlackBerry' (2023)

Director: matt johnson.

Glenn Howerton and Jay Baruchel in Blackberry

It feels as though lately, there’s been a trend of movies that have the feel of biopics , yet seem to center on brands rather than individuals. Recent films like Air and Tetris are part of this trend, and at first glance, BlackBerry seems to be, too. However, watching the film shows it to be something far darker, funnier, and – arguably – better than other “brand” movies as of late, mostly because the story at its core is one that’s ultimately about failure.

Air glorifies Nike products, and Tetris does the same for the titular game, but BlackBerry shows how the people involved with inventing and marketing BlackBerry phones inevitably brought about their own undoing through a mix of hubris and greed, also not helped by some bad luck . It’s an underrated and very well-acted movie about a product that’s since been discontinued, meaning it avoids leaving the bad aftertaste of feeling like a feature-length advertisement, too.

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7 'Casino' (1995)

Director: martin scorsese.

Robert De Niro in Casino

While Casino might not be one of Martin Scorsese’s very best crime movies , it is one of his most epic , and does tell a very compelling rise and fall story at its core. Part of this focuses on the life of one man, Sam Rothstein , the protagonist who chronologically starts with a decent amount, gains a lot, and then loses a good deal… but Scorsese is also interested in telling this familiar sort of narrative with a much wider scope.

Casino differentiates itself from other gangster movies – directed by Martin Scorsese or otherwise – by showing the way the mafia rose to take over Las Vegas, for a time, only for that influence and effective rule over an entire city to eventually fade away. The famed director does this by having a very fast-paced story that covers a great many years across a nearly three-hour runtime. The results are exhausting, sure, but there’s a certain thrill in seeing an entire criminal organization have a rise-and-fall story of sorts , rather than only being about a single criminal (or a gang of criminals) going through the same.

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6 'Babylon' (2022)

Director: damien chazelle.

Nellie LaRoy (Margot Robbie) lying on the dance floor in 'Babylon.'

It’s unlikely many people have compared Casino to Damien Chazelle’s divisive 2022 movie Babylon before… until now! Casino looks at how the mob ruled Las Vegas for a time and then lost influence over it, while Babylon looks at how the world of cinema was ruled by silent movies and silent film actors for a time, until it wasn’t, with the advent of the talkie in 1927 ultimately changing everything for everyone within an entire industry.

And sure, Babylon begins with the silent film industry already being popular and the status quo, but two of the main characters – Manny and Nellie – both break into the industry while silent films are popular, and ultimately find their lives changed (generally for the worse) when such films go out of fashion. Babylon shows how cruel Hollywood is, and how quickly individuals within it can rise and fall … as well as the way an entire industry is run can feel like everything, only to suddenly fall away and make people become obsolete in an instant.

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5 'The Roaring Twenties' (1939)

Director: raoul walsh.

The Roaring Twenties - 1939

Even if The Public Enemy might be slightly more well-known, The Roaring Twenties is arguably the superior 1930s gangster movie , and one that shows the classic rise-and-fall gangster movie narrative at its best. Honestly, both movies already feel comparable due to James Cagney starring in both, and, broadly speaking, they have super similar premises, given both focus on a pair of friends entering the world of crime, thriving for a time, and then experiencing things falling apart.

The Roaring Twenties benefits from taking that somewhat familiar premise and telling it in an even more compelling way, and it also helps that not only does it feature Cagney, but Humphrey Bogart is in this too . Both are excellent, the filmmaking holds up remarkably well for a film of this age, and, overall, The Roaring Twenties is about as good as Golden Age of Hollywood crime movies get .

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4 'Boogie Nights' (1997)

Director: paul thomas anderson.


Boogie Nights does have a central character in Eddie Adams (AKA Dirk Diggler), but the film as a whole takes a look at the rise and fall of an entire industry, seen at least partly through his eyes. Specifically, it’s about how the adult film industry rose in popularity (and even prestige) throughout the 1970s, only for the tide to turn once the 1980s came around and times/social attitudes changed.

It’s remarkable that Paul Thomas Anderson was able to explore such a wide-scale story ( and with such a great cast ) in only his second feature film, but Boogie Nights is confidently made and as endlessly compelling as it is surprisingly coherent. It ranks among the best movies of the 1990s , and is also one of the best examples of how to tell a broad rise-and-fall story about an entire industry/way of life without also belonging specifically to the crime genre.

Boogie Nights

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3 'Scarface' (1983)

Director: brian de palma.

Al Pacino as Tony Montana sitting down and looking intently in Scarface

1932 saw the release of one very compelling version of Scarface , but it’s the 1983 update/remake by Brian De Palma – and starring a bombastic Al Pacino – that’s arguably the best of the two. Even without this story being told before, 1983’s Scarface does carry with it a sense of inevitability that some may perceive as predictability, given how it shows a main character rising to comical heights, ensuring his eventual downfall feels all but guaranteed .

Yet it’s impossible to resist Scarface or see it as anything other than a shock to the system, because it commits wholeheartedly to being a bombastic and in-your-face modern tragedy (well, modern by 1980s standards; its aesthetics can be charmingly dated now) and feels quintessential as a result. When it comes to the archetypal gangster storyline being told here, few movies can claim to have told it as well as Scarface tells it.

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2 'Citizen Kane' (1941)

Director: orson welles.

Orson Welles in Citizen Kane

A super-duper underrated movie that rivals The Beatles and The Sopranos as a thing that doesn’t get nearly enough love or attention – and only the coolest of the cool kids have heard of – Citizen Kane is an essential story about one man’s rise and fall. In fact, some would argue (again, only those with the know-how to have heard of this indie classic) that it might be the cinematic rise-and-fall story by which all others should be measured.

The central character is Charles Foster Kane, and the film mostly plays out in a series of flashbacks that show how he came from essentially nothing to become a wealthy newspaper publisher who obtained essentially everything. Yet this classic film shows that material possessions were never enough for Kane, and that his continual pursuit of unattainable things proved to be his undoing . It’s a perfectly-told tragedy, and rise-and-fall stories rarely rise this high themselves… not to mention doing so without falling (on its face).

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1 'Goodfellas' (1990)

Robert De Niro as Jimmy Conway in Goodfellas

The aforementioned Casino followed on from Goodfellas , and for as good as it was (and admittedly, it did have a wider scope), Scorsese's 1990 gangster movie is ultimately superior. In fact, this film could well stand as Scorsese's best , following the life of Henry Hill who admits to the audience, via narration and within the first few minutes of the film, that as far back as he could remember, he'd always wanted to be a gangster.

He makes good on this wish, becoming a gangster and finding that there are benefits early on to taking part in such a lifestyle , though there are also eventual consequences that mitigate many of the earlier thrills. Featuring amazing performances from a cast that includes Robert De Niro , Ray Liotta , and an Oscar-winning Joe Pesci , Goodfellas successfully updates the classic gangster movie even better than something like Scarface , giving it a level of edge, grit, and surprising dark humor - all the while feeling like more than just a cautionary tale - that all adds up to make one classic film.

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Like the 2023 thriller Anatomy of a Fall? Then watch these three underrated movies now

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Did she do it or didn’t she? That’s the central question behind Anatomy of a Fall , 2023’s most acclaimed thriller that still has everyone talking. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Justine Triet), and Best Actress (Sandra Hüller), the movie concerns the death of Samuel Maleski, who has fallen from the second story of the French chalet he shares with his blind son, Daniel, and his wife, Sandra.

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Love crime (2010), femme fatale (2002).

The police believe Sandra pushed her husband, and as the movie progresses, the audience sees a portrait of a marriage slowly crumbling and of a woman on trial as much for her past as she is for the crime she may or may not have committed. Anatomy of a Fall is a one-of-a-kind movie, but if you’re desiring films with similar themes and that have a mysterious, impenetrable female lead, these three films should do the trick.

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Who can resist the seductive pleasures of lounging by a pool as the sun’s warm rays pour down on you? That’s all British mystery writer Sarah Morton ( Dune: Part Two ‘s Charlotte Rampling) thinks about as she ventures to her publisher’s secluded French country house for an extended stay to write her next book. She’s in for a rude awakening when the publisher’s wild child daughter, Julie (Ludivine Sagnier), shatters Sarah’s tranquility with her excessive drinking and hard partying. Soon, a dead body shows up in the titular swimming pool, but it’s unclear how it got there or even if it’s real.

Like Anatomy of a Fall ‘s Sandra, we can’t really trust Sarah, and that’s what makes Swimming Pool so intriguing. Because she’s a writer, Sarah is prone to take elements of her life to create a fantasy world, and it’s never clear what’s reality and what’s make-believe.  Directed by Francois Ozon, who knows how to present complicated female characters who aren’t all that likable, Swimming Pool is satisfyingly seductive and maddeningly mysterious. There’s no concrete solution to its central mystery, but the movie is such a pleasure to watch that you don’t really care.

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Everyone can relate to having a demanding boss, but the protagonist of the French thriller Love Crime , Isabelle (Ludivine Sagnier again), has one that would make Meryl Streep’s iconic Miranda Priestly a saint in comparison. As played by The English Patient actress Kristin Scott-Thomas, Christine is ruthless, demanding, and impossible to deal with. It’s no surprise when, early in the film, Christine ends up dead and Isabelle is the prime suspect.

Both Anatomy of a Fall and Love Crime feature female protagonists who are faced with a mountain of evidence that heavily suggests their guilt. We as an audience automatically trust Isabelle because she’s our guide through the films’ harsh and cold corporate world, but that doesn’t necessarily make her innocent, either. Unlike Anatomy of a Fall and Swimming Pool , Love Crime ‘s ending isn’t ambiguous at all. You know who killed Christine, and you can’t help but be impressed by how they got away with it.

Love Crime is streaming for free on Tubi .

Talk about unreliable narrators! Brian De Palma’s built his entire career out of them, and there’s none more untrustworthy than Femme Fatale ‘s Laure Ash. As played by Rebecca Romijn, Laure is a seductive jewel thief who runs afoul of some very bad men. Fate gives her a way out of her chaotic life when a woman, Lily, who looks exactly likes her, kills herself in front of Laure, allowing her to assume the dead woman’s identity and reinvent herself as the wife of an ambassador. But when a paparazzo takes her picture and deduces Lily is really Laure, all hell breaks loose.

That’s a whole lot of plot, and I only described half the movie! To properly enjoy Femme Fatale , you have to fully embrace its illogical plot twists, outrageous set pieces (the opening scene when Laure steals diamonds off a model’s nude body at the Cannes Film Festival is still a stunner), and gratuitous nudity. It’s utterly shameless, and totally a blast to watch.

Fun fact: De Palma directed the American remake of Love Crime in 2012. It’s called Passion , stars Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, and it should only be watched with lowered expectations.

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With so much content in cinemas and streaming, it's safe to say many worthy 2023 movies slipped through the cracks and failed to receive the attention they deserved. These underappreciated films are every bit as worthy of praise as any of last year's standouts. That doesn't mean it's too late to show them some love, though. A new year means a new chance to pay respects to these unsung pictures. So here are five underrated 2023 movies that you must watch in 2024; and when I say must, I really do mean must. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

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Family relationships are always tough, but especially so under the sea since Orm did try to kill Arthur and destroy the surface world (which is basically where all of us live). But what's a little oceanic Armageddon between brothers when they have a common enemy to fight in Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II)? That's why Orm is on Aquaman's side in the sequel, but you'll have to watch the film to find out if the brothers fully reconcile.

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The 17 worst superhero movies of all time

Despite reigning supreme for much of the last two decades, the superhero genre has endured a few bumps in the road with several movies and Madame Web is the latest film to fall victim to some scathing reviews to earn itself a place among the worst superhero movies of all time.

From 125 reviews, Madame Web has earned a meager 15% rating on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes but how does that rating compare to the worst movies that the superhero genre has to offer?

17. Madame Web (2024)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 15%

From the release of Madame Web’s first trailer , there were doubts about the movie and now that the film has hit theaters, those doubts have been proven true with critics taking aim at a disjointed plot, a lack of sympathetic characters and cringe-worthy dialogue.

16. Morbius (2022)

Written by the same duo who penned Madame Web, 2022’s Morbius suffered similar criticism, with uninspired effects, a nonsensical story and half-hearted performances – except maybe from Matt Smith in his now-iconic dance scene.

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15. The Crow: City of Angels (1996)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 14%

A sequel to the 1994 cult hit The Crow, City of Angels was described as a “sloppy pretender” that failed to recapture the spark of the original.

14. Underdog (2007)

Based on the 1960s animated series about a superpowered canine, Underdog failed to win over critics who derided the film as forgettable despite a star-studded cast that includes Jason Lee, Amy Adams, Peter Dinklage and Jim Belushi.

13. The Spirit (2008)

After finding success with 2005’s Sin City, writer and director Frank Miller tried to recapture some of that magic with The Spirit only for the movie to be lambasted as “incomprehensible.”

12. Howard the Duck (1986)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 13%

While Howard the Duck has gone through something of a renaissance since appearing in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, the 1986 film “has its moments” but suffers from a wayward tone and middling performances from its cast, some of whom infamously struggled to find work off the back of the movie.

11. Jonah Hex (2010)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 12%

Despite featuring an A-list cast starring Josh Brolin, 2010’s Jonah Hex failed to win over critics who found solace in the fact that it was relatively short.

10. Batman & Robin (1997)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 11%

From Batsuit nipples to Mr Freeze’s endless ice-themed one-liners, Batman & Robin descended into a chaotic mess of spoof humor from which it couldn’t escape.

9. Elektra (2005)

Even with Jennifer Garner attempting to breathe life into this 2005 superhero flick, the movie’s tone-deaf and self-serious script left it failing to provide much in the way of thrills.

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8. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 10%

The fourth and final Superman film to star Christopher Reeve was arguably doomed from the start as its production company suffered a financial crisis that forced major budget cuts that resulted in lackluster special effects. Coupled with tired action and a disinterested cast, it’s not surprising that this would be the last Superman movie for almost 20 years.

7. Fant4stic (2015)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 9%

The usually fun-filled stories of The Fantastic Four were turned into a dark and ultimately dull superhero movie that couldn’t be saved by an impressive cast.

6. Steel (1997)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 8%

The fact that Shaquille O’Neal stars as Steel’s titular hero should tell you all you need to know about this 1997 superhero movie which was derided for poor performances and indulging too heavily in superhero cliches.

5. Supergirl (1984)

Much like 1987’s Superman IV, Supergirl arrived at a time when the Superman franchise was on a downward spiral towards obscurity and its charming heroine, played by Helen Slater, wasn’t enough to keep this movie afloat.

4. Catwoman (2004)

From its soulless script and dire use of CGI to lackluster action and an over-sexualization of its main character, Catwoman is regarded as one of the worst superhero movies of all time for multiple reasons.

3. Son of the Mask (2005)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 6%

While 1994’s The Mask may stretch the definition of what a superhero movie is, it is still counted as one – which means 2005’s abysmal sequel fits into the genre as well. When Jim Carrey turned down the chance to reprise his role in this movie, it should have ended the project in its tracks. It didn’t – resulting in an unfunny mess that should never have seen the light of day.

2. Zoom (2006)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 4%

Attempting to capture the superpowered charm of The Incredibles or Sky High, Zoom was panned for its failed attempts at both action and comedy despite the efforts of its Tim Allen-led cast.

1. Max Steel (2016)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 0%

Based on the Mattel toy of the same name, 2016’s Max Steel movie was everything that 2023’s box-office-conquering Barbie wasn’t. Offering up unspectacular action, a half-baked narrative and a complete lack of fun for a movie based on a toy, Max Steel takes the (dis)honor of being the worst superhero movie ever made.

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Bob Marley: One Love

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The story of how reggae icon Bob Marley overcame adversity, and the journey behind his revolutionary music. The story of how reggae icon Bob Marley overcame adversity, and the journey behind his revolutionary music. The story of how reggae icon Bob Marley overcame adversity, and the journey behind his revolutionary music.

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