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  • Chain Reaction

    Chain Reaction

    ★★

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

    Starts off as a promising conspiracy thriller about free energy suppression, but quickly turns into a redundant series of action set pieces.

    While some of them are cool - a chase up a raised bridge a'la ANNIE and one on a fan boat across an icy Geneva Lake - it feels like Andrew Davis redoing THE FUGITIVE without giving a tenth of the shit. Even the presence of his favorite character actor cops Ron Dean and Joe Kosala seems unnecessary…

  • Zoo

    Zoo

    ★★★★

    This is one of Wiseman’s quieter movies, content to observe the daily routine of animals inside the former Miami MetroZoo, where the zookeepers and veterinarians entrusted with their care diligently perform their duties without much interaction. (We don’t even see a board meeting until the last 10 minutes, followed naturally by a gala.) Even the visitors limit their communication to a few hoots and caws at the exhibited animals, at one point seeming to provoke a massive gorilla into charging…

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  • Double Lover

    Double Lover

    ★★★

    Ozon re-teams with Marine Vacth, who is still young and beautiful (her short dark hair evokes Juliette Binoche in DAMAGE), and brings Jeremie Renier (who’s also beefy even though he’s got a blonde mustache which wigs me out a little) back for the first time since POTICHE. I think the cat from ELLE is also in the film. He looks fine, for a cat.

    Based on a Joyce Carol Oates novel [written under her genre nom de plume Rosamond Smith]…