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  • Dark River

    ★★★★

  • The Gay Deceivers

    ★★★

  • The Deep House

    ★★

  • Jud

    ★★½

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  • Dark River

    Dark River

    ★★★★

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

    Despite my love for the cast and director, I've been purposefully avoiding this film. I had a vague idea of the plot and thought it might hit close to the bone. I was right.

    Dark River is one of the most deeply unsettling and raw explorations of child abuse and its impact on a rural family that I've seen. It does an incredible job of portraying the link between the horrible and complicated ways in which people both covet and…

  • Excalibur: Behind the Movie

    Excalibur: Behind the Movie

    ★★★★

    Worth the price of admission just to hear Gabriel Byrne say: "I had to hump this cushion for an hour with the sweat rolling off me." But in all seriousness, as a film journalist, I've had to watch a lot of "making of" documentaries and this is easily one of the very best I've seen. I fell in love with the film all over again while watching it. Excalibur remains a crowning achievement in fantasy filmmaking and one of the most impressive feats in John Bormann's incredible career. This much too short documentary (my only criticism is its brevity) is a wonderful accompaniment.

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  • The Night Of

    The Night Of

    ★★★½

    This was a nice reminder that John Turturro is a national treasure. It also features the best use of a cat since Inside Llewyn Davis.

  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    I would have liked this so much more if it had no soundtrack, was called Maintenance by the Sea and we spent the entirety of the film watching Casey Affleck's character unplug toilets, fix sinks, shovel snow and get in occasional bar fights.