Butterfly Kiss

BB (out of 5) Amanda Plummer plays an unstable woman searching Britain’s highway petrol stations for a woman named Judith, who she insists is the love of her life.  When the girls working the counter can’t help her she lashes out and kills them, which makes us worry when she meets sweet Saskia Reeves, who…

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Beyond The Clouds (Al Di La Delle Nuvole)

BB.5 (out of 5) Michelangelo Antonioni’s first completed feature after suffering a stroke in 1985 ended up being his last, with only the short in the Eros omnibus completed after this one. It tells four stories of romance, all of them curated by John Malkovich as a filmmaker who explores the possibilities of love in cinema…

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The War Between Us

BBBB (out of 5) Touching film that examines the effect that the internment camps, instituted by the Canadian government during World War II for Japanese-Canadians, have on a group of citizens. One particular family is the focus of the action as they enter a town where a white family has to decide how it feels…

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Mute Witness

BBBB (out of 5) Terrifying!  Marina Zudina plays a mute woman working as a makeup artist on a European horror film, who late one night accidentally stumbles upon a group of people making a snuff film on the set of her latest project. Realizing that they’ve been seen, the perpetrators of this awful crime do their…

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Frisk

B.5 (out of 5) Disgusting and pointless examination of the relationship between violence and pornography is only noteworthy for a small cameo by Parker Posey, and even that is pushing its value. The various relationships of a group of gay men (including Raoul O’Connell) intersect with some very bad behaviour in this offputting and boring…

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Celestial Clockwork (Mecaniques Celestes)

BB.5 (out of 5) Fina Torres’ colourful film starts out charming and musical and ends up wispy and simpleminded. A beautiful Venezuelan opera singer (Ariadna Gil) escapes her impending marriage in Caracas and flies far away to Paris to live with some fellow ex-patriates. There she meets many colourful characters, including a jealous modern performance…

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The Last Supper

BB (out of 5) A group of liberal singletons accidentally do away with their dinner guest (Bill Paxton), a gentleman who has spent the evening blubbering endless racist and sexist remarks. Deciding that the world is better without him, the group buries him in their backyard and proceeds to invite more members of the human…

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The Usual Suspects

BBBBB (out of 5) When a group of known offenders are gathered as possible suspects in a highly publicized crime, their time spent together gives them the opportunity to hatch a brilliant scam. I won’t say anything else so as to not give away all the explosive surprises, except that it’s brilliantly acted and marvelously…

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Man Of The Year

BBB.5 (out of 5) Dirk Shafer was Playgirl magazine’s Man of the Year in 1994, finding himself at the centre of attention from magazine readers as the most appealing centrefold to appear in the publication in years. What readers didn’t know was that Shafer had a Mr. Right of his own to come home to every…

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The Young Poisoner’s Handbook

BB (out of 5) True story of a young man obsessed with poisoning the innocent people who share his everyday life. The film starts off brilliant and quick-witted, detailing every moment of this wacky sociopath’s habits, which include a penchant for keeping records of all the poisons he doles out, and to whom. Unfortunately, the…

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Margaret’s Museum

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent film about a young Nova Scotia woman (Helena Bonham Carter) who falls in love with a miner (Clive Russell) to the chagrin of her embittered mother (Kate Nelligan) who lost her husband to the same career. Russell marries Carter and in an effort to please his family tries to find…

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The Crossing Guard

BBBB (out of 5) Powerful drama from director Sean Penn about a grieving father (Jack Nicholson) who is caught in a moral dilemma when the man responsible for his daughter’s death (David Morse) in a drunk driving accident is about to be released from jail. Anjelica Huston is fantastic as Nicholson’s ex-wife, who was driven away…

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