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Shutter Island

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Impeccably filmed and acted, this is a beautiful psych thriller. Its only flaw may be its length, which at well over 2 hours dragged out the resolution a little longer than felt satisfying. However, it gets high marks for not treating its audience like idiots for a change, often playing plot points subtly and allowing them to speak for themselves. Definitely worth seeing, but probably wouldn’t end up on our shelf.

Four Sided Triangle

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Definitely a little unexpected, and a chance to see a Hammer film before they were known as the B-film gore fest king of the 50s and 60s. This is a quiet sci-fi and quite British in many ways. It doesn’t hold many surprises, but given the year it was released (’53) it was fascinating. And it definitely was a bit of a guilty pleasure, bringing back memories of Sat mornings at home watching Creature Feature and other similar shows.

Book of Blood

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Solid suspense horror that captures Barker’s sensibility.

The Nines

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There’s little that can be said here without spoiling the experience, so I won’t. This is a twisted and fascinating film. A little sophomoric, but played with dedication and conviction. Has some great extras as well, but don’t even peek until you’ve watched the film.

Murphy’s Law: Series 1

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Not quite a 4 star, but relative to the other discs of the week, it faired well. Actually, intriguing mysteries and fun characters. Heavy, heavy accents at times, which can be challenging, but definitely will be watching more… whether we’ll make it through all 5 seasons eventually? We’ll see. Certainly Nesbit is always entertaining. The question is, can the characters develop without losing the intersting frission they’ve started with?

Saved!

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Sweet, sarcastic, and honest, if more than a little bit of a stretch at points. The story manages to walk the line between critique of religous fundementalism without bullying faith as the culprit. Not a movie for everyone, but probably for most folks we know!

Dexter: Season 4

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A truly twisted season that almost lost us on the wind-up but delivered in the final 4-ep push.

The Runaways

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Well done biopic and cutlure slice. There is a real sense of time and people and, of course, the music. While nostalgic, it was not bucolic. And listening to the soundtracks, particularly during the final credits, you realize the impact Jett had… though this movie isn’t primarily focused on her, just on her genesis. Not recommended for parents of young, female tweens–you’ll just have nightmares.

But I’m a Cheeleader

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A little better than the rating, but overall, this is a slightly black-comedy look at reprogramming camps (and “camp” is the operative word here). Just a little too much over-the-top to rise above the well-trod material, even when filmed 11 years ago. A surprising cast of people, many of whom were not well known at the time also makes it a fun Where’s Waldo hunt for actors. If you want some silly entertainment on the subject of personal identity and choice, give it a shot.

Sping, Summer, Winter, Fall… and Spring

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This is a heavy 3, verging on 4 stars. The story isn’t overly surprising, but it is told honestly and with very minimal dialogue. Visually it is wonderful. However, I can’t help but feel that if I knew more about Korean culture and Bhuddism, specifically, that a ton of symbolism in the movie would open up to me. It felt like we skipped along the suface of this movie, much like the lake upon which most of the action takes place. Is that a drawback or impetus to research? That will be up to you. Glad it was recommended to us… now we recommend to you…