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  • Triangle

    Triangle

    ★★★½

    In low-budget horror fashion, the acting and production values in Triangle are not particularly good. Dangerously for such a production, writer/director Christopher Smith plays things entirely straight. The actors simply can't make the early material work, leaden delivery after leaden delivery. Fortunately, by the time the ensemble has been whittled down to lead Melissa George, Smith's ideas have taken center stage. George grapples with guilt and dissociation; the audience is forced to reconsider our presumptions. It's a nifty puzzle of a movie.

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★½

    Bong Joon-ho's international breakthrough is the South Korean antecedent to David Fincher's Zodiac, the spellbinding and frustrating story of two detectives' obsession with finding the country's first known serial killer. Memories of Murder is slow and strange, flouting police procedural convention at every turn. Our heroes are often wrong, sometimes comically so, sometimes tragically.

    Song Kang-ho's local detective relies on gut instinct, which more than once gives way to irrational violence. His younger Seoul counterpart Kim Sang-kyung believes in cold…

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  • Ruby Sparks

    Ruby Sparks

    ★★★★½

    I've written ten screenplays and several short films. The most widely read script of mine has been read by about half-a-dozen people, but I still consider myself a writer first and foremost. As you're writing, your work is solely yours. Once you've finished, it remains yours. But as soon as you release it into the world, as soon as you share it with one friend or colleague, that changes. It doesn't belong to you anymore. Sure, if your work is…

  • Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko

    ★★★★★

    A lot of people seem to be backing away from Donnie Darko nowadays, distancing themselves from it like it's a particularly painful memory, an unwelcome flashback to their high school days. Well, maybe so. But don't blame that on the movie. I'm not going to give it credit for profundity that it doesn't have, except that it kind of does. A mysterious puzzle of a film, but pleasingly straightforward about its oddness. Gyllenhaal, Barrymore, and Swayze doing the best work of their careers.