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Pleasure

Pleasure is an incredibly explicit movie about the porn industry. The filmmakers and the cast are allegiant to the movie’s cause and, by doing so, allow boundaries to be crossed in terms of what a movie can usually show. The results are eye-opening, thought-provoking, absurd, disturbing, and sometimes too hard to watch. However, I can’t imagine a “clipped” or “watered down” version of Pleasure. Without its mature assurance and commitment, Ninja Thyberg’s movie wouldn’t strike…

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Firestarter

Firestarter is not only a disappointment, it’s a strange disappointment.  It promises to deliver on multiple levels and, yet, fails at every attempt.  It’s billed as a horror, but it’s not scary.  It’s billed as a thriller, but it doesn’t pull the viewer towards the edge of their seat.  It’s also billed as a family drama and science fiction, which it certainly sports elements of, but neither genre is interesting or exciting in this movie….

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Nitram

Nitram is by no means an easy watch, but I do implore readers to go into the movie knowing very little about it. The movie is outstanding in its own right, but to have limited knowledge of the Australian drama makes it more powerful. I’ll do my best to provide as much interest as possible with this review, but it’s no spoiler to mention Nitram starts as a character study and ends in a real-life…

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Kicking Blood

Kicking Blood is a really goofy vampire flick, and I’m not sure how much if it is intentional.  I was entertained nonetheless by Blaine Thurier’s film, even if it’s a bit of a buzzkill during the final third.

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Memory

After so many of “the same” Liam Neeson movies, I can see why the actor would be tempted to accept the lead in Martin Campbell’s Memory even though it skates close to the same uninspired style he brands himself with.

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Dual

Dual is a nifty near-future sci-fi that starts with an interesting and obviously satirical premise and elevates it to make comments on the dire state of personal interactivity.  It’s well-trodden territory for this genre, but writer/director Riley Stearns (The Art of Self-Defense) still finds original ways to keep his audience laughing, entertained, and on their toes.

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We’re All Going to the World’s Fair

There’s a lot of ambiguity at foot in Jane Schoenbrun’s We’re All Going to the World’s Fair and, for some, the film will offer too many “inconclusive” story threads.  However, that ambiguity is what makes Schoenbrun’s movie creepy and disturbing, and opens the film up to various discussions about selling your life to the Internet.