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Cinequest: UNA

The psychological suspense movie Una revolves around two twisted people, one of whom has been damaged by trauma.  Here’s what the audience can be confident really happened: at age 14, Una (Rooney Mara) was seduced by a much older man, … Continue reading

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CAROL: a tale of forbidden love

Carol is a beautiful and superbly acted romance of forbidden love. It is the Holiday season of 1952-53 and Therese (Rooney Mara) is a Manhattan department store clerk in her early twenties. She is smart and attractive and has come … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

The skeleton of the story in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is simple – a Texas prison escapee goes looking for his wife and kid. But that capsule understates the totality of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, an atmospheric romantic drama that … Continue reading

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints: absorbing and unforgettable

The skeleton of the story in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is simple – a Texas prison escapee goes looking for his wife and kid.  But that capsule understates the totality of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, an atmospheric romantic drama that … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: Side Effects

Side Effects is a psychological thriller that keeps thriller-lovers on the their toes by constantly changing its focus.  First one character is on the verge of falling apart, then another and then another.  Initially, we think that the story is … Continue reading

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Side Effects: a thriller for thriller-lovers

Side Effects is a psychological thriller that keeps thriller-lovers on the their toes by constantly changing its focus.  First one character is on the verge of falling apart, then another and then another.  Initially, we think that the story is … Continue reading

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DVD of the Week: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I loved the 2010 Swedish version (it was #8 on my list of the year’s best) and had very high hopes for this film by David Fincher (The Social Network, Zodiac, Fight Club).  Those hopes have been fulfilled and Dragon … Continue reading

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Spoiler Alert: comparing the two Dragon Tattoos

Again – this post contains spoilers. I liked both versions of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – the 2010 Swedish and the 2011 American.  Both made my top ten lists at the end of the year.  Still, they are … Continue reading

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Fincher keeps the thrill in “thriller”

I loved last year’s Swedish version (it was #8 on my list of the year’s best) and had very high hopes for this film by David Fincher (The Social Network, Zodiac, Fight Club).  Those hopes have been fulfilled. The Girl … Continue reading

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Fincher’s Dragon Tattoo teaser

Another take on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo releases on December 21.  It’s a gripping story and, boy, am I looking forward to the version by David Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac, The Social Network).  Here’s the teaser, featuring a … Continue reading

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