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  • Housebound

    Housebound

    ★★★

    Housebound is more a comedy than a horror film, and benefits greatly from a lead, Morgana O'Reilly, who is just as annoyed at being stuck in a horror film as she is to being sentenced to house arrest in her childhood home. It's unfortunate that once the film focuses in on trying to solve the mystery of why Kylie's (O'Reilly) home is haunted it loses some of the comedy magic that made it fun to watch, and doesn't really have the scares or tension to compensate for what's missing.

  • The Temptation of St. Tony

    The Temptation of St. Tony

    ★★★

    Film #1 of the 2014 World Cinema Challenge

    Umm... I don't really know what to say about The Temptation of St. Tony. I went into the film knowing absolutely nothing about it other than it was from Estonia, and after the first half hour had to pause it to read the description on IMDB, not because the film was hard to follow, but because if the full 115 minute running time was going to have the same aimless feel the…

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  • The Ice Storm

    The Ice Storm

    ★★★★★

    Suburbia has always been a fascinating subject to watch on film. Speaking for myself, the allure to the subject has always been the dark secrets that distinguish each household apart in an otherwise indistinguishable neighborhood.

    The Ice Storm centers around two middle-class, suburban families, the Hoods (Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, and a very young Tobey Maguire and Christina Ricci) and the Carvers (Jamey Sheridan, Sigourney Weaver, and a very young Elijah Wood and Adam Hann-Byrd, in the early 1970s as…

  • Take Shelter

    Take Shelter

    ★★★★★

    It still surprises me that Take Shelter never hit it big during all the awards hoopla last year, as it was easily one of the best US films to have been released during 2011. It is a slow, but deeply engrossing film anchored by an amazing performance by Michael Shannon as a man plagued with visions of an upcoming storm. Jessica Chastain is also great as the loving wife who is trying her best to take care of her family.…