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  • Taking Tiger Mountain

    Taking Tiger Mountain

    ★★★★

    In the midst of a third world war, while America is being reduced to a post-apocalyptic landscape, Billy Hampton, a young man played by Bill Paxton, is kidnapped by a terrorist organization of radical feminists and reprogrammed to function as a sleeper agent assassin so that he can kill the Welsh Minister of Prostitution. After he arrives in Wales, believing that he is on a leisurely vacation to pursue recreational sex, Billy drifts through a series of encounters and experiences…

  • Grave Secrets

    Grave Secrets

    ★★★½

    David, a parapsychologist and grieving widower played by Paul Le Mat, is recruited by Iris, an innkeeper played by Renée Soutendijk, to investigate strange occurrences at her rural bed-and-breakfast. Although his arrival elicits inexplicable hostility from the local townspeople and a mysteriously cagey reception from Iris herself, he is quickly drawn into the fold when he sees objects moving around by themselves in the house. Our unwitting professor will soon discover that the ghostly presence is more malevolent than anything…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★★

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

    After leaving her Ohio home and her Mennonite family, Susie, played by Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), travels overseas to West Berlin in 1977 for admission to the Markos Dance Academy, a prestigious school governed by a group of matrons, including Madame Blanc, a stern instructor played by Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange). Meanwhile, an elderly male therapist, also portrayed by Swinton in heavy prosthetic makeup, grows increasingly suspicious while investigating the disappearance of one of the school's former dance…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    In 1969, the landscape of Los Angeles is changing. The golden age of Hollywood is in the rear view mirror, as earnestly charismatic icons of cinema are ushered out in favor of complex antihero characters in increasingly cynical stories. The idealistic hippie dreams of peace and love are being corrupted with shady undercurrents. Through it all, however, traces of classic glamour, starstruck wonder, and ambitious hopes can still be glimpsed through the tendrils of cigarette smoke.

    Years after his heyday…