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Green Room (2015) ****

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Keanu (2016) ***

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Jim Thompson 'Savage Night' (1953) ****

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Amazon Women On The Moon (1987) ***1/2

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Midnight Special (2016) ***

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A pretty cool little flick, but it felt underdeveloped. It's Spielberg without the charm. It's like a pilot episode and series finale for a really promising show without the necessary exposition in the episodes in between. I like films that keep details mysterious but this one took that approach to the nth degree. It also needs to lighten up.

Traumnovelle (1969) ***1/2

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This Austrian/German TV movie is based on the same novella that Kubrick's EYES WIDE SHUTwas based on and the similarities are quite striking. Kubrick definitely realized the story to a degree that this film was unable to, thanks in part to a doubled run-time, but the scenes and plot points are largely the same. Some of the dialogue is even identical. I hope some day this gets a home video release, as I watched a YouTube rip - the only known version I've seen anywhere.

Focus On Film: Episode 40 – July 2016 Criterion Titles

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Focus On FilmEpisode 40 is up!
Download the MP3 HERE In this episode: July 2016 Criterion CollectionTitles AnnouncementBest & Worst Of The Month – ALLEGIANT (2016), CHASING BANKSY (2015), THE AMERICAN FRIEND (1977), BEST IN SHOW (2000)Criterion Most Wanted
"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella


Purple Rain (1984) ***1/2

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The Jungle Book (2016) ***

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The Black Cat (1981) ***

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The Hidden (1987) ***1/2

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Suspicion (1941) ****

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Don't Torture A Duckling (1972) ****

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Birdman Of Alcatraz (1962) ****

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Frankenhooker (1990) ***1/2

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A Mighty Wind (2003) ***1/2

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Best In Show (2000) ****

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The Connection (La French) (2014) ***1/2

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) ****

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Jim Thompson 'Recoil' (1953) ***1/2

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Opera (1987) ***1/2

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The Devil's Sword (1984) ***1/2

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Tenebrae (aka Tenebre) (1982) ***1/2

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Invasion U.S.A. (1985) ***1/2

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La Femme Nikita (1990) **** [Luc Besson Double Feature Pt. 2]

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Léon: The Professional - Extended Version (1994) ****1/2 [Luc Besson Double Feature Pt. 1]

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The Hateful Eight (2015) ****

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Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1972) **

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