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  • Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time

    ★★★★½

  • The Seduction of Joe Tynan

    ★★★½

  • The Bank Dick

    ★★★½

  • Mad Love

    ★★★

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  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★½

    Revered anti war film regarding a boy's odyssey through the horrors of WWII contains some admittedly powerful moments and some amazing cinematography. Unfortunately, this is not enough to overcome the lack of character development, lethargic pacing and overlength of the film. A mixed bag for me in spite of its monumental reputation.

  • Don't Breathe 2

    Don't Breathe 2

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Odd sequel to the 2016 film inexplicably attempts to turn the heinous lead of the first film into a crusader for children's rights. He's forced to defend himself and the girl he cares for when black market organ harvesters appear with plans to kidnap the girl. Violent in the extreme and with nothing new to offer horror fans.

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  • Smooth Talk

    Smooth Talk

    ★½

    Laura Dern is a fifteen year old heading nowhere fast who gets a taste of real danger when a stranger shows up at her door. It's here that the film takes a turn from which it never recovers. A non ending doesn't help matters and what you're left with is a glorified after school special and not even a good one at that. Inexplicably critically hailed by some. Other than some good performances I found this to be an astounding time waster. Enter at your own risk.

  • Rifkin's Festival

    Rifkin's Festival

    ★★★★

    Woody Allen's latest is a surprisingly better than average entry. Wallace Shawn and Gina Gershon are a couple on the rocks whose marriage is tested at a work related film festival they must attend. The film's amusing parodies of classic French films are but one thing to embrace. If this turns out to be a final film for the Woodman as a filmmaker there are worse ways to make an exit.