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  • Madeline's Madeline

    Madeline's Madeline

    A festival standout, this movie is not quite like anything you've ever seen. Teenaged Madeline finds solace in an experimental dance troupe, through which she begins to confront the anxieties that have hindered her adolescence. The film is an exhilarating exploration of art, mental illness, and authorship. Helena Howard, who plays the lead, will become a superstar. It's a miracle that a film this experimental, yet with the emotional weight of a mainstream movie, could even exist at all.

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  • Burning

    Burning

    Chang-dong Lee’s enigmatic thriller is not quite like anything you’ve seen. Based on a Haruki Murakami short story, "Burning" is many things. It’s a romantic triangle, a blistering examination of class structure, and a haunting psychological thriller. Jong-su is a failing writer and errand boy, who one day runs into Hae-mi, a girl he grew up with and largely ignored as a child. She has recently emerged as a great beauty following plastic surgery. He quickly falls for her, but…

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  • Pontypool

    Pontypool

    HoopTober5.0 #17 of 31

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    “Pontypool” pulls off a neat little trick. It’s an unnerving zombie movie that hardly shows any zombies.

    Banished to rural Ontario, disgraced big city shock jock Grant Mazzy struggles to adjust to his new reality. His new producer cares more about updating listeners on school closures than antagonizing their social mores over the air. The in-the-field reporter delivers his updates from a car atop a steep hill and…

  • The Mummy

    The Mummy

    HoopTober5.0 #1 of 31

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    I’ve seen very few films produced by Hammer, a British film company that thrived from the mid-50s through the 1970s, but as a fan of cinema, I’ve certainly felt their influence. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee became stars with the company, leading directly to their casting as Grand Moff Tarkin and Saruman the White, respectively. After watching The Mummy, I’m pretty much doomed to start making my way…