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  • Coraline
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Amadeus

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  • The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

  • The Haunting

    ★★★½

  • Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

    ★★★½

  • Batman and Robin

    ★★½

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  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    Subtle this film is not, but sometimes merging subtext and text can be incredibly effective if it's put towards undermining a trope. Here, the trope is the literal and figurative meaning of THE INVISIBLE MAN - both the H.G. Wells sci-fi classic and the concept of gaslighting that can render a woman's trauma as delusional and cloaking her abuser with a cloak of invisibility.

    And abuse, trauma and gas-lighting is the real monster at the heart of this - Leigh…

  • The Haunting

    The Haunting

    Made in the transitionary period between old Hollywood and new Hollywood, THE HAUNTING may feel tame as a horror film, but remains fascinatingly robust as a character study of guilt, repressed sexuality, obsession and gender as well as boasting an absolutely awesome experimental cinematography style that is a precursor to the visual language of modern films.

    Julie Harris and Clare Bloom are excellent, the latter especially as a very explicit (if never stated) onscreen queer character though the script and…

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  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    ★★★★★

    Perfection is a term that you have to be careful with before you dare to throw it around. It implies a kind of unique, finely-tuned, high-water mark that could almost not be exceeded without significantly altering the thing that is perfect to begin with. Perfection is also timeless, something that doesn't date unless it actually gets better with age. Perfection is hard to come by...but perfection is the seminal 1980's growing-up/time-travel/sci-fi/comedy extravaganza: BACK TO THE FUTURE. Like lightning that is…

  • Rango

    Rango

    Astonishingly fresh, deft, weird and left-of-center, RANGO is a self-stylized 21st Century Western set in the world of desert-dwelling animals who think they're living in the world of Sergio Leone. Elegant motion-captured performances, bold and bizarre visual elements, stylish and tongue-firmly-stuck-in-bone-dry-cheek, RANGO is a film that isn't so much for modern animation fans as it's for fans who are sick of modern animation and its lowest-common-denominator-catering blandness.

    Whimsical and witty with strong direction by Gore Verbinski (who seems to have…