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  • Come On Children

    Come On Children

    ★★★½

    This Allan King documentary is the true story of ten Canadian teens picked to live in a farmhouse with no adult supervision, drink and do drugs together, and have their lives filmed. Find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real.

    It's an interesting artifact but it wasn't as revelatory as I'd hoped, as the teens' behavior is anything but surprising. Perhaps this would have been more fascinating as a longer film or series. I enjoyed…

  • Donkey Skin

    Donkey Skin

    ★★★★½

    A dark fairy tale from the 17th century, adapted into a stunning and exquisitely designed film production starring the inimitable Catherine Deneuve! Why isn't this more celebrated? It's beautiful and unique.

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  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★★½

    Was Spring Breakers a smart movie trying to look dumb? Or a dumb movie trying to look smart? I had a hard time making up my mind about this memorable, risky movie, but I enjoyed the ride.

    The virtuosic restaurant robbery scene had me frozen and holding my breath, and the Britney Spears montage later in the film was wonderfully outrageous and laugh-out-loud funny. Elsewhere, strange cinematic choices abound: the extreme lighting that bathes shots in blinding bright color, the…

  • Cocktail

    Cocktail

    Turns out an attractive, straight, obnoxiously confident white guy can achieve success in New York in the '80s!