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  • Paperhouse

    Paperhouse

    ★★★★½

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

    Eleven is a weird age. While technically you're still a child and will be for another seven years, developmentally you're not thinking like a child, but no one is going to start taking you seriously even though some eleven year olds are well on their way to the teenage years and adulthood. It's kind of, "the end of the beginning." So in 1988, director Bernard Rose and writer Matthew Jacobs examined eleven with the British film PAPERHOUSE. With this film,…

  • Minnie and Moskowitz

    Minnie and Moskowitz

    ★★★★½

    It's a love story done chaotically, and it somehow works. John Cassavetes' MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ starts with Seymour Moskowitz (Seymour Cassel) in New York City where he works parking cars. After a few minutes of his life he decides to move to Los Angeles where he disappears from the story and Minnie Moore (Gena Rowlands) appears.
    We then spend a few minutes with her and her rather messy life- she has a good job but her relationships with other men…

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  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★★★

    It is not without irony the the trailer for the DOWNTON ABBEY movie played before Jennifer Kent's THE NIGHTINGALE. After all, the depravity of this, paid for the genteel finery of the former.
    THE NIGHTINGALE is a remorseless and unsentimental depiction of the brutality that builds empires. And it literally and figuratively takes no prisoners.
    Set in 19th Century Australia, the film is an odyssey of revenge and anger, justified, and this film is one of the rare examples where…

  • Satanic Panic

    Satanic Panic

    ★★★★

    This might be one of the few films that gets what being young and hungry is about, and the lengths people in the position will go to just to get a little further away. It's also cool to see the work of Grady Hendrix make it to the screen with not too much dilution.
    Our main character, Sam, needs money. To get some (not a lot, some), she has to break the kinds of restraints that keep money away from…