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

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 character-driven crime drama Hell or High Water is remarkably atmospheric and gripping, and I have … Continue reading

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NOCTURNAL ANIMALS: melodrama, squirming and then, finally, Michael Shannon

In the would-be-thriller-but-really-squirmer Nocturnal Animals, Amy Adams plays a young woman who becomes infatuated with the romance of being with a starving artist, the sensitive Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). After the romance wears off, she dumps him for a higher testosterone … Continue reading

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ELLE: subversive and absorbing, with Huppert’s stunning performance

The extraordinary performance of French actress Isabelle Huppert makes the already subversive Elle into a Must See.  Huppert plays the middle-aged businesswoman Michèle,  who is raped in her home in the first seconds of this movie.  Elle is likely to … Continue reading

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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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THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN: a rockin’ finale, if you’re still watching

The end of the thriller The Girl on the Train, adapted from the popular novel by Paula Hawkins, is indeed thrilling. It’s about a woman (Emily Blunt) who is a complete mess, a black-out drunk who has clearly gone off … Continue reading

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HELL OR HIGH WATER: best movie of the year so far

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 character-driven crime drama Hell or High Water is remarkably atmospheric and gripping, and I’ll be … Continue reading

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