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August 2017

Gremlins and the Housewife in ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’

The house itself wants to pull the neurotic woman into its maw and absorb her whole as a literal housewife.


‘The Story of 90 Coins’ Tackles Imperfect Romance

Michael Wong’s critically-acclaimed short film debut turns on the charm and leaves us with a familiar question about relationships.


‘The Prowler’ Reveals the Horror of Getting What You Want

He carries the seeds of his own desperate, grasping, clammy doom...


Different Lies for Ourselves and Others ‘In the Shadow of Women’

Philippe Garrel channels Francois Truffaut his examination of adultery.


July 2017

Yes, It’s ‘Déjà Vu’ All Over Again

Here's a romantic reincarnation thriller whose plot twists and chronology perch it between The Reincarnation of Peter Proud and Dead Again.


‘The Female Animal’ Is Better Than She Seems

Film buffs interested in Hollywood's stealthy attempts to be more frankly sexual may enjoy The Female Animal.


June 2017

‘Caltiki’: The Creeping Blob!

Even at its most creaky in between the hair-raising scenes of queasy ickiness, this movie appeals to style mavens, auteur watchers, and horror historians.


Spotlight on a Murderer: A Little-seen Mystery Thriller From Three Masters of the Form

Georges Franju and his co-writers create a nice balance of tones and a general air of puzzlement with some clever misdirection for an entertaining light mystery.


On Seeking the Works of Douglas Sirk and Finding Jerry Hopper’s ‘Never Say Goodbye’

Even though he removed himself from the project, Never Say Goodbye has Sirk's theme of the tyranny of children who dominate their parents.


May 2017

Pilot X Puts a Crimp on the Business in ‘The Mysterious Airman’

Mystery writer Arthur B. Reeve's influence in this film doesn't follow convention -- it follows his invention.


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U2's 'The Joshua Tree' Tour Reminds the Audience of their Politics

// Notes from the Road

"The Joshua Tree tour highlights U2's classic album with an epic and unforgettable new experience.

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