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  • Teen Witch

    ★★★

  • Pariah

    ★★★★★

  • Catch Me If You Can

    ★★★★

  • Fish Story

    ★★★★

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  • Unfaithful

    Unfaithful

    ★★½

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

    What starts out as a pretty great erotic drama about an unfaithful wife who is torn between her invigorated emotions and the collateral damage her affair might create turns into something far less interesting about two-thirds of the way in, when Richard Gere's character takes over the movie. The film's focus shifts away from potentially relatable human messiness into something more conventional, and there's a sense that the filmmakers are trying to position these developments as "both of the characters have secrets," when the secrets aren't remotely equivalent in nature.

  • Roxanne

    Roxanne

    ★★★

    Roxanne seems to have the larger reputation among Martin's movies I haven't seen, so I put it second in a double feature with a re-viewing of L.A. Story. Turns out Roxanne might be even more tonally uneven, with the movie opening with a swordfight sequence using a tennis racket and a gymnastics joke that could potentially be in a Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker production, before settling down into something like the kind of romance I was expecting.

    For an adaptation of classic literature,…

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  • Vampire's Kiss

    Vampire's Kiss

    ★★★★★

    Audio commentary by director Robert Bierman and actor Nicolas Cage.

    90 minutes of Bierman and Cage giggling in awe and confusion at what a ridiculous, ludicrous, insane movie they were able to get away with making, and it is glorious. Essential companion viewing to the film itself.

  • How Do You Know

    How Do You Know

    ★★★★

    This movie got trashed by critics and audiences when it came out in 2010, so I didn’t see it (I have to confess that as of this writing, I haven’t yet seen any of James L. Brooks’ other movies), but my good friend Matt Lingo told me it was actually really charming. I take Matt’s recommendations seriously, so I bought it, but it also sat on my shelf for 2 years.

    On one hand, this film is really sloppy in…