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  • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

    The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

    ★★★★

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    The entertainment industry's obsession with a sanitized form of prostitution is one of its strangest affectations, and THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, based on a hit Broadway play, is surely one of its fluffiest incarnations, protesting the honor of the oldest profession's traditions right up front with a lively early number emphatically announcing that "There's nothin' dirty goin' on!" If you can allow that spirit — fresh-faced call girls happily high-kicking up and down staircases in negligees —…

  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    ★★★★

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    If there's one thing that students entering puberty do not need more of, it's emotional indulgence in ignorantly revolutionary ideas; they provide enough of that on their own. Brodie offers no instruction or example in the virtues that malleable adolescents need to develop for channelling their exuberance in effective and positive ways: moderation, patience, carefulness and consideration. If fact, both Brodie and the lecherous art teacher (Sir Robert Stephens) obsessed with her, callously manipulate and exploit their students for…

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  • Krampus

    Krampus

    ★★★½

    After hearing and reading in review after review that Krampus was a fun '80s-ish horror romp not unlike Gremlins, I was not expecting something this unremittingly dark and bleak. Still, I far prefer Daugherty's eclectic and unnerving brand of visual creepiness to the canned horror of James Wan and Blumhouse, and Krampus serves up a quality parade of Christmassy ghoulishness. It just isn't an experience you're likely to be smiling about afterward, and at several points I questioned my choice to invite my 12-year-old daughter to watch it with me. And she's been watching Gremlins since she was six.

  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★

    I simply didn't care. Great acting, particularly by Ed Norton and Emma Stone. Early on Stone's character lets loose with an eviscerating speech that summed up my feelings exactly. Then it kept going for over an hour.