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  • A Most Violent Year

    A Most Violent Year

    ★½

    An artless and meandering mess. JC Chandor bathes his shots with dark tones and drowns the soundtrack with serious-sounding synthesizers but gives us a film that is incoherent and without any real drama. If you are thirty minutes into a film and aren't sure exactly what it's about or why you should care, that's a bad sign. Even the extremely talented cast are clearly misdirected, with most of their best scenes end up turning into shouting and crying matches without any real sense of character or motivation. This is a pure vanity project through and through.

  • Eraserhead

    Eraserhead

    ★★★★½

    This is a visual and aural freak-show of horrors and delights. I don’t even know what else to really say about it, except that I was engaged the whole way. This is one of the few experimental films that I feel really works on its own without being gimmicky or trite. As for interpreting what its all about, I see this movie as a peep-show into the male psyche, especially the process of becoming a father. Tackling new responsibilities, being…

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  • Heavenly Creatures

    Heavenly Creatures

    ★★★½

    A frenetic film about the craziness of early adolescence. Peter Jackson relishes every opportunity to make the conflicts of these characters visually interesting while at the same time the incredible performances of these actresses really ground this material and make it all work in a kind of strange way. Maybe Peter Jackson goes a bit too far in his approach at times though... this is very much a "male" movie about the female psyche (a geeky male film student at…