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Movie Mini-Review: Donnie Darko (2001)

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Donnie Darko stands alone: an edgy, sophisticated science-fiction movie that mixes time travel and nightmarish visions with family drama and `80s nostalgia. The narrative is tangled and often hard to follow, but essentially boils down to one boy’s effort to prevent future tragedy by heeding the advice of a rabbit-masked nihilist. The director’s cut of […]

Movie Mini-Review: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

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A free-wheeling road trip with drug addicts is not for everyone. Many viewers are going to be disgusted, some will find it pretentious. Filming a drug-induced descent into madness can’t really help from becoming cinematic masturbation. And that’s why I liked this movie. Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Twelve Monkeys) sees things in a grotesquely exaggerated way […]

Movie Mini-Review: Jeepers Creepers (2001)

Movie Mini-Review: Jeepers Creepers (2001)

Jeepers Creepers begins with a Spielberg-esque road Duel, and then morphs into a disturbing mystery. Justin Long (you know, the Mac guy) and Gina Philips give solid performances as a brother and sister who unwittingly fall prey to the ‘Creeper’, director Victor Salva’s stab at incarnating his very own version of the boogey man.  While […]

Movie Mini-Review: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

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Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion animation and Bernard Herrmann’s rousing music give this movie wings. You can see and hear their passions in this movie, and these achievements pretty much make The 7th Voyage of Sinbad what it is: sweet, charming, escapist fare for the whole family. The story is set in motion by an evil sorcerer […]

Movie Mini-Review: The Last House on the Left (2009)

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Wes Craven’s original tale of torture and revenge is warmed up and reserved, and on the whole, I actually like this remake better than the original. The cast is very good, especially the victimized daughter, played by Sara Paxton. I loved seeing Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter fight fire with fire to avenge their daughter. […]

Movie Mini-Review: Hangover Square (1945)

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A very good, dark period drama featuring a great performance by Laird Cregar as a classical pianist who can’t explain his frequent black-outs and who begins to believe he may be responsible for a series of grisly murders in turn-of-the-century London. Some say this movie is a remake of The Lodger (also starring Cregar), but […]

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