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FREE FIRE: a witty and fun shoot ’em up

The clever and fun action thriller Free Fire begins when Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson introduces both sides of an illegal gun transaction.    It’s 1978, and the hoods, played by Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and a bunch of less recognizable … Continue reading

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THE ASSIGNMENT: hit man becomes hit woman

In the gloriously pulpy revenge thriller The Assignment, a vengeful plastic surgeon (Sigourney Weaver) captures a hit man (Michelle Rodriguez) and performs sexual reassignment surgery on him, releasing a new hit woman (also Michelle Rodriguez) into the world – and … Continue reading

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Cinequest: (re)ASSIGNMENT (now THE ASSIGNMENT)

In the gloriously pulpy revenge thriller The Assignment, a vengeful plastic surgeon (Sigourney Weaver) captures a hit man (Michelle Rodriguez) and performs sexual reassignment surgery on him, releasing a new hit woman (also Michelle Rodriguez) into the world – and … Continue reading

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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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Cinequest: REVENGE

In the Norwegian suspense thriller Revenge, the slightly creepy Rebekka (Siren Jørgensen) appears at a hotel on a remote fjord under the false pretense that she is a travel writer.  The hotel is otherwise empty because it is off-season (think … Continue reading

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Cinequest: PRODIGY

The psychological thriller Prodigy begins with a psychologist (Richard Neil) being brought to a secret government “black site” to interview a dangerous prisoner.  When he receives an orientation, he and we expect to see a superhuman sociopath like Hannibal Lector.  … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: THE HANDMAIDEN – gorgeous, erotic and a helluva plot

After a few minutes of The Handmaiden, we learn that it’s a con artist movie. After 100 minutes, we think we’ve watched an excellent con artist movie, but then we’re surprised by a huge PLOT TWIST, and we’re in for … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: THE AURA – smart enough to plan the perfect crime, but is that enough?

The Aura is a brilliant 2005 neo-noir from Argentina that I wasn’t familiar with until the Czar of Noir Eddie Muller programmed into the 2017 Noir City film festival. The Aura is about a taxidermist who leads a boring life, … Continue reading

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THE AURA: smart enough to plan the perfect crime, but is that enough?

The Aura is a brilliant 2005 neo-noir from Argentina, that I wasn’t familiar with until the Czar of Noir Eddie Muller programmed it into the 2017 Noir City film festival. The Aura is about a taxidermist who leads a boring … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: HELL OR HIGH WATER – you won’t see a better movie in 2016

For the second straight week, my DVD/Stream recommendation is the superb Hell or High Water. Toby: “You’re talkin’ like you don’t think we’re going to get away with it.” Tanner: “I never met anyone who got away with anything.” The … Continue reading

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