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reviewed Kitchen Stories. May 13, 2012
Kitchen Stories
Kitchen Stories, a Norwegion/Swedish co-production, starts out as a dry, deadpan comedy of differences and ends as a dry, deadpan comedy of friendships.      Sweden's Home Research …
reviewed Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale. May 07, 2012
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Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale
After all the hype and the box-office success of “The Avengers” I wanted to see something more on the art house level in my local movie theater. This was where I managed to spot the John Woo …
reviewed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (movie). April 29, 2012
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2010)
**** out of ****    In 2002, a case involving the disappearance of a young woman from nearly sixty years ago is re-opened by the girl's great granduncle, Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil …
reviewed Ocean Heaven. April 16, 2012
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Ocean Heaven
   In the past several years, there’s been a tremendous increase of awareness surrounding the nature of autism.  To be correct, autism is medically known as, either, Autism or Autism …
reviewed Masques. April 15, 2012
With Claude Chabrol's Masques we have mystery in the country manor with, perhaps, murder in the country manner. But was there a murder and, if so, who did the murdering? Chabrol leads us to the easy …
reviewed Hot Fuzz (2007). April 11, 2012
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Hot Fuzz (Widescreen Edition) (2007)
**** out of ****    Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) finds himself the victim of "for-the-hell-of-it" logic. An intelligent, fast-talking police officer in London's Metropolitan Police …
reviewed Shaun of the Dead. April 11, 2012
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Shaun of the Dead
**** out of ****    Edgar Wright is the kind of guy who I would best describe as nice. A director of comedy films - always has, always will be, I hope - , it's surprising that one …
reviewed The Troll Hunter. April 11, 2012
The Troll Hunter
Three Norwegian college students made this documentary as a film studies project. We know them only by their first names, Kalle, Johanna and Thomas. Although this film was given the unfortunate name, …
reviewed Point Blank (2011 French Film). April 11, 2012
Point Blank (French Film)
This is how Point Blank opens: When safecracker Hugo Sartet suddenly finds two men confronting him in a darkened Paris apartment, it’s run or die. He runs…out of the apartment, down the stairs, …
reviewed The Silent House. April 02, 2012
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The Silent House
** out of ****    The definition of "horror" states that - in the context of cinema - for a film to qualify as a successful entry into this genre, it must unnerve and elicit both negative …
reviewed Battle Royale. March 30, 2012
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Battle Royale: Director's Cut (Collector's
   So much has been written about the film.  So much has been said.  So much has been debated, discussed, dissected, and so much has been praised or insulted or misunderstood.  …
reviewed Merci Pour le Chocolat. March 26, 2012
Merci Pour le Chocolat
Mika Muller, wealthy owner of a Swiss chocolate company (and played by Isabelle Huppert) has just married Andre Polonski (Jacques Dutronc). They had been married briefly years before. They divorced and …
reviewed La Vie en Rose. March 26, 2012
La Vie en Rose
I wouldn't be comfortable calling La Vie en Rose, the life of Edith Piaf, one of the great biographical films. What I'm sure of is that Marion Cotillard's portrayal of Piaf, from Piaf's …
reviewed Curse of the Golden Flower. March 21, 2012
Curse of the Golden Flower
The Curse of the Golden Flower (Man Cheng Jin Dai Huang Jin Jia) is gorgeous melodrama; a visual feast of scarlet, magenta and gold, of lush set pieces with thousands of characters (computer generated …
reviewed In the Realm of the Senses. March 04, 2012
In the Realm of the Senses
Later, Sada (Eiko Matsuda) holds both…the knife and the severed penis of her dead lover, Ichizo (Tatsuya Fuji). The movie is In the Realm of the Senses.       To reach …
reviewed Sword of Desperation. March 01, 2012
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Sword of Desperation
   Let’s square this up right away: Bushido films are not for everyone.        Why not?      For starters, these flicks – usually detailing …
reviewed 13 Assassins. February 26, 2012
13 Assassins
It’s the old, old story…a small group of men we come to know are willing to die for a noble cause, and die they do, fighting against the odds, sacrificing themselves for honor and justice. …
reviewed The Devil's Rock. February 26, 2012
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The Devil's Rock
The last time I saw a film from New Zealand was when I watched “Black Sheep”, which was, well, very different and quite original in its own right. So I chose to check out director Paul Campion’s …
reviewed The Devil's Rock. February 23, 2012
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The Devil's Rock
   “Do demons sleep, colonel?”   A few years back – perchance when all of the brutal SAW films and pale imitators emerged – horror flicks seemed to take a decidedly …
reviewed Clockmaker of St. Paul, The (L'Horlog.... February 21, 2012
Clockmaker of St. Paul, The (L'Horloger de Saint-Paul)
The cause of the movie is the murder. The purpose of the movie is to look closely at Michel Descombes, the father. The Clockmaker (l'Horloger de Saint-Paul) is not a murder mystery. Were it not for …
reviewed Samurai Spy. February 16, 2012
Samurai Spy
To enjoy Samurai Spy you'll find three things are helpful. First, some knowledge of Japanese history. Second, the ability to keep straight a lot of Japanese names, some of which sound alike to …
reviewed Mesrine. February 14, 2012
Mesrine
The Seventies were good years for charismatic French gangster Jacques Mesrine. Except, of course, for the last five minutes.      Mesrine tells us his story in two parts: Mesrine: …
reviewed Adrift (Choi Voi). February 13, 2012
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Adrift (Choi Voi)
One of the many reasons that causes me to like more foreign films than American films is that foreign films are made without the added ‘creative interest’ of the American studio system.  …
reviewed Confidentially Yours. February 09, 2012
Confidentially Yours
Confidentialy Yours,  a romance/comedy/murder movie, is the last film Francois Truffaut made. It's called an homage to Hitchcock, and like many of Hitchcock's films it mixes murder and …
reviewed Vasermil. February 08, 2012
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Vasermil
   (special thanks to Film Movement for providing me with a screener!) Israel is, this movie reminds us, something of a melting pot. We have three young male characters we follow through this …
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