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  • Mommy

    Mommy

    ★★★★

    A lot has been said about the 1:1 aspect ratio of this unique film. I for one find it infuriating when people take vertical videos on their phones, so I gritted my teeth when I saw that this is in essentially the same format. The good news is that there are times when the AR shifts to wide-screen (slowly) and back again, depending on what Xavier Dolan wants you to see, and there is so much action and emotion in…

  • A Serbian Film

    A Serbian Film

    ★★★

    A Serbian Film's controversial nature has gotten it banned in many countries and its viewing has resulted in many discussions about morality. It is available in various versions (one unrated) and it truly deserves the crowning of #1 on many of the "Most Disturbing Films Ever Made" lists which circulate on the Internet. What starts out as a drama about a family man needing money (a former porno star named Milos), becomes one of the most out-of-control and disturbingly-graphic films…

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  • Enemy

    Enemy

    ★★★½

    Like a lot of people, I had trouble with the ending. Up until the final scene, I was along for the ride and riveted to the screen. Denis Villeneuve is a talented director whose films are all noteworthy. Jake Gyllenhaal is decent in a dual role, and the two actresses are equally beautiful in a couple of pretty significant supporting roles. The tarantula motif was hard for me to swallow, although it is clearly a very important part of the…

  • Wetlands

    Wetlands

    ★★★½

    It sounds strange, but Wetlands is at its best when it is being gross and vile, celebrating its uninhibited main character of Helen (Carla Juri). She is a creation unlike any female lead I have ever seen. Think Hesher, but as an 18-year-old girl, and you'd be pretty close. Surprisingly, Helen does have one friend, the sweet and naive-by-comparison Corinna. The viewer can't help but put him/herself into Corinna's shoes at times, imagining what it would be like to have…

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  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★½

    What starts out as a psychedelic horror trip in a pinkish-purple hue (with a great electrically-charged score) slowly turns into Hobo with a Shotgun. That's when I became less interested. While the first 1/3 is something all its own, only the sound and color are unique to itself after that. The rest seems recycled from other horror films, and this one has a slower pace. What a mixed bag! Is it a slow-burn thriller or just a Slowwwww.....BURRRN!!! grinder? There…

  • Batman

    Batman

    ★★★½

    Before Heath Ledger's now-famous Oscar performance as the Joker, we had a pretty impressive actor in his own right playing the Joker back in 1989, one Jack Nicholson. His portrayal now leaves me wanting to compare the two performances, just as I did with the two actresses who played Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Please leave both of your votes in the comments section below. :-)

    I did miss Robin in this though, and I thought…