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  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★

    It might sound like an insult to say that The House That Jack Built is a reflection of writer/director Lars von Trier's psyche. This is, after all, a movie about a serial killer, who tells the stories of five of the over 60 murders he has committed over the course of his life. It might seem mean to compare the filmmaker to the character, except that Von Trier makes a point of doing it for us.

    See my full review at Mark Reviews Movies.

  • Capernaum

    Capernaum

    ★★★

    Misery upon misery comes to the 12-year-old boy at the heart of Capernaum. The misery begins, perhaps, with his age or, better, the fact that everyone, including the boy himself, is only guessing at how old he actually is. He comes from a family that refuses to keep records, probably because they don't have the money to participate in programs and institutions that insist on a paper trail. Nonetheless, the family keeps growing, taking up more and more of the very limited space in their one-bedroom apartment in a poverty-stricken area of Beirut.

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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.

  • The Mule

    The Mule

    ★★★½

    Clint Eastwood's character in The Mule, thankfully, belongs to that second category of person with outdated ways of talking and thinking. The director/star's Earl Stone isn't one for much in this world. He has his flowers, which have made him enough money to get by and support a family for several decades. That is, to be honest, about it for Earl. The love for his flowers is only secondary to his love for being the man who grows such beautiful…