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American Woman: Life, not Lifetime

Take a walk through Deb’s hellish, decades-long search for her daughter’s whereabouts

When the Lord said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged,” He wasn’t referring to American Woman’s Deb Callahan (Sienna Miller). Deb can’t remove the butt from between her lips long enough to cuddle with ...

Simon Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix: Fiery redhead

Plays like a small-scale, humanly significant trauma drama

It didn’t have to end this way — in such thoroughly standard smash ‘em up fashion, with minor heroes dutifully duking it out with faceless hordes for punchy-power bolt minute after punchy-power-bolt minute until the ...

Camille Vidal-Naquet’s Sauvage: Not just a gigolo?

Sometimes, the only way to overcome the boredom of decadence is with a little old-fashioned brutality

What’s the old saw about war? That it’s long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror? Tweaked a little, the line serves pretty well as a description of writer-director Camille Vidal-Naquet’s Sauvage, the ...

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Telly Savalas trio of terror

A splashy ‘70s subgenre of Italian horror released during the rise of Kojak

Who scares you, baby? Give a lick about this Telly Savalas trio of terror. Lisa and the Devil (1973) Giallo: a splashy ‘70s subgenre of Italian horror with soft, overlit nightscapes filmed in garish Eastman ...

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Yes, Giorgio 1.0 stars

Life never has to be "lifesized" -- at least not when you're the size of, and can hold a high note as long as, the American Express Card representative and opera evangelist, Luciano Pavarotti. He, willing to play the buffoon ...

Too Late to Die Young 3.0 stars

Writer and director Dominga Sotomayor Castollo’s near plotless autobiographical dream piece lays bare her memories of underdevelopment and the blush of first love during the downfall of dictator Augusto Pinochet. It’s 1990, and 16-year-old Sofia (Demian Hernández) joins her father, ...

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco 2.0 stars

With more than a tinge of regret besprinkling their voices, friends of the late Antonio Lopez reminisce in close-up about the promiscuous pre-AIDS 70s and how the influential fashion designer figured into the good old days before indiscriminate sex came ...

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