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  • Belle de Jour
  • Year of the Jellyfish
  • Girlhood
  • Enter the Void

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  • Dream Lover

    ★★½

  • The Stepfather

    ★★★½

  • Slash Dance

    ★½

  • Night Ripper!

    ★½

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  • Dream Lover

    Dream Lover

    ★★½

    If you ask me, seeing Mädchen Amick nude is good enough reason to watch this. She looks quite breathtaking.

    This story about deception and betrayal is held together by two strong performances by Spader and Amick. Even though it's got some circus-themed dream sequences, this whole thing is rooted in noir. That means its view of women is gonna be harsh and extreme.

    Also problematic is a script that throws in a half-ass plot reveal at the 11th hour and has an ending that I thought would've had more impact.

  • The Stepfather

    The Stepfather

    ★★★½

    Well written, well acted.

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  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    ★★★★½

    A real powder keg of a movie. You don't know who is gonna blow up next. I've seen the phrase "slow burn" used a lot to describe this movie and it really is filled top to bottom with a lot of seething anger, mostly from Mel Gibson's character. Being how things are in the U.S. at the moment, many of the reviews for Dragged Across Concrete have quickly devolved into a childish game of alt-right (racist) 4Chan shitbags vs. "triggered"…

  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ★★★★½

    When I try to write about Dogtooth I find myself just describing things that happened in the film. But what is Dogtooth about? What is it saying? Man, you tell me.

    Taken at face value, this absurdist Greek exercise is about parenting. More specifically, it's about parental control. I think the film points out something that is rarely discussed, which is the amount of power parents can wield over their children. When someone has this much power over someone else,…