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  • Madonna and the Breakfast Club

    Madonna and the Breakfast Club

    ★★★½

    I watched Smithereens yesterday. It's interesting in the ways that the story of Wren, the protagonist in Susan Speidelman's film, paralleled the life story that Madonna had been actually living very recently at the time. I'd like to think that Wren ends up rich and famous and with a fake British accent, too.

    As for this movie, it's better than an average Behind the Music episode and lead actress Jamie Auld does a terrific job as young Madonna. Worth your time if you're interested at all in Madonna's early years.

  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ★★★★½

    This is exactly what I imagine life is like for all homeschooled kids.

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    ★★★★

    This was the first really great pirate movie since the original Treasure Island. Unfortunately, it was the last one, too.

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★★

    I let my 10-year-old stay up late with me last night and watch this movie. She'd never seen a Wes Anderson film before. I can't explain what a treat it was to watch her giggle with joy and delight throughout. Being a parent is incredibly frustrating and a pain in the ass a lot of the time, but there are few greater experiences in life than the vicarious pleasure you get when introducing something wonderful to your kid.