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  • Operation Finale

    Operation Finale

    Okay, as I’ve recently said elsewhere I’m coming up for air after wrapping a couple of big steps on some big projects. Still busy, but finally have time to squeeze in some screenings out of the massive mountain of blurays I’ve accrued/ignored—I say all of this to set-up the fact that out of that mountain of movies, this film is one that I was looking forward the most—and perhaps *the* film I was most dying to see. I mean, Kingsley…

  • A Prayer Before Dawn

    A Prayer Before Dawn

    Downright harrowing. Equally grueling and ferocious—those of you who require an easy rooting interest ain’t gonna find it here. Not in Billy Moore, played with frothing junk-mad gusto by Joe Cole in an extremely physical and emotionally dire performance. Moore is, without question, a piece of shit. We don’t see him “saving cats” in a pandering attempt to win our favor. Instead, we take a rollercoaster ride through hell at his expense. There’s a superficiality to the film in that…

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  • The Gift

    The Gift

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

    Evoking the work of Adrian Lyne, THE GIFT is a welcome throwback to the kind of modestly budgeted adult thriller I grew up with and loved and miss so dearly. Rarely do psychological suspense thrillers actually get made starring A-list actors these days (and while Joel Edgerton might not be a household name yet, he certainly deserves to be after a string of interesting, compelling performances — let alone writing and directing this little gem).

    This is a "message movie"…

  • Child of God

    Child of God

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

    No... your eyes doth not deceive you: I just gave a 5 out of 5 star review to a film directed by James Franco. This is no hyperbole or winking stunt — this film is just that provocative and powerful, thanks in no small part to the brilliant author of the source material.

    CHILD OF GOD is a revelation, as is the performance of its lead Scott Haze. The fact that this kind of rawness actually made it to a…