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  • Far From the Tree

    Far From the Tree

    ★★★½

    The driving forces of Far from the Tree are director Rachel Dretzin and author Andrew Solomon. Solomon wrote the book of the same name—an exploration of parents whose children are different from them in some way. Dretzin takes the concept and reduces it to a handful of case studies, revolving the personal stories of ordinary people around Solomon's own life story as a gay man whose parents found it difficult, if not impossible, to accept his sexuality.

    See my full review at Mark Reviews Movies.

  • Down a Dark Hall

    Down a Dark Hall

    ★★½

    An otherwise forgettable and routine horror movie, Down a Dark Hall does provide one spark of cleverness. We all know that ghosts in horror tales are typically bad—malevolent forces that want to possess or terrorize living people for revenge, to bring to light some dark secret, or, because an eternity as a spectral figure must get pretty boring, as some kind of elaborate and hazily motivated prank. The ghosts in this movie do all of the possessing and terrorizing that…

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  • Last Ounce of Courage

    Last Ounce of Courage

    ½

    This is the movie equivalent of a spoiled child having a temper tantrum, stomping around the room, and, through the whole thing, repeatedly falling down. It would be easy to be annoyed with the movie if it weren't so unaware of how damn funny its display of pointless outrage is.

  • Mortdecai

    Mortdecai

    Mortdecai is the stuff that inspires stipulations in wills, as in, "Have some basic decency on the event of my passing, and don't let people bring up that one movie." On the more positive side of things, it's also one of those movies that will likely be a, if not the, low point for everyone involved, which theoretically means that everyone here only has better things to look forward to in the future of their careers. Even so, this one is going to sting.

    See my full review at Mark Reviews Movies.