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  • Who Killed Nancy?

    Who Killed Nancy?

    ½

    Documentary about Sid Vicious which basically posits that sure, he tortured and killed cats for giggles, but was a sweet boy who'd never commit murder; therefore, the film concludes, Spungeon was probably killed by an unnamed flamboyantly gay man who was sketchy because he was flamboyantly gay. A few sexist and borderline antisemitic scenes about Nancy have been inexpertly wedged in here and there, but it's not a doc about her at all, really. Offensive is a vast understatement.

  • The Endless Summer

    The Endless Summer

    ★★½

    Come for the complaints about the cost of travel, stay for the non-stop racism.

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  • A Night in Heaven

    A Night in Heaven

    ★★

    Somewhere buried underneath this ungodly disaster of a film is the story of a couple of aging hippies struggling to find their place in a culture that no longer has any use for them. Whitney (Robert Logan) is a talented engineer at NASA who just wants to build rockets to explore space, but in the era of Reagan, only the military has any interest in his skills. As goofy as those opening credits look, where Bryan Adams sings "Heaven" as…

  • Murder at the Vanities

    Murder at the Vanities

    ★½

    We pre-Code film fans, as a group, really need to stop going ga-ga over any movie with moderately salacious content. The days of having only a couple dozen pre-Codes to fawn over are long gone, and we can afford to bypass films like MURDER AT THE VANITIES, with only tepid naughtiness to balance out the complete ineptitude.

    Sure, MATV is offensive; it's a pre-Code from 1934, it's practically required to be offensive. It's notable, however, for being one of the…