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The Imposter

The Imposter (2012) SPOILERS APLENTY A 13-year-old boy disappears. Three years later a 23-year-old (Frédéric Bourdin) assumes his identity, despite looking nothing like him (and having a French accent!), and the boy’s family seems to buy the ruse. The director … Continue reading

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Drive

Drive (2011) A professional driver who uses his skills both for movie stunts and as a getaway driver falls in love with his neighbour and subsequently becomes entangled with some dangerous characters. Atmospheric, very stylish thriller is as minimalist, cool, … Continue reading

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Chronicle

Chronicle (2012) Three high school seniors gain superpowers after being exposed to a strange object from space. The script is heavy-handed and the plot somewhat predictible, but the premise is a compelling one, and the movie is well-made and entertaining … Continue reading

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Melancholia

Melancholia (2011) an accurate visualization of depression A woman’s depression threatens to ruin her wedding reception. A planet is on a collision course with Earth. Writer-director Lars von Trier uses the second of these two apparently unconnected plotlines to illuminate … Continue reading

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The Apple

The Apple (1980) A devilish impressario tries to tempt a singing duo in the far future of 1994. The plot is boilerplate but it nonetheless carries you through this insane, imaginative parade of camp. The elaborate musical numbers and outlandish … Continue reading

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L’avventura

L’avventura (1960) A woman mysteriously disappears, and her friend and her boyfriend have an affair while looking for her. Intriguing at first, but starts to drag about halfway through as the narrative meanders. The images are artfully composed.

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Black Christmas (1974)

Black Christmas (1974) Someone is hiding in a sorority house over the Christmas break and killing its inhabitants. This suspenseful, sometimes rudely funny movie is unusually substantial for the slasher genre (which it more or less kicked off). The filmmakers … Continue reading

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