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Cell 211 (2009, 110 minutes, Rated R, in Spanish with subtitles) 4 out of 5 stars

Tense, gritty, and engaging from the opening frame. Juan Oliver (Alberto Ammann) is starting a new job as a prison guard at a high security jail. He goes in the day before he’s supposed to start to get the lay … Continue reading

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In a Better World (2010, 119 minutes, Rated R) 4 out of 5 stars

Highly recommended meditation on violence from Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier. Won the 2011 Best Foreign Film Oscar. The movie unfolds in both Denmark and an unnamed African country, where in each we see the effects and limitations of both violence … Continue reading

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Terri (2011, 105 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars

Fairly enjoyable if not a must-see. Jacob Wysocki plays the titular Terri, an obese, awkward but kindhearted 15-year old trying to navigate the difficulties of both high school and a non-traditional family life. He struggles with each, leading the principal … Continue reading

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Fish Tank (2009, 122 minutes, Rated R) 4 out of 5 stars

Gritty and drab slow-burner, but also a very good one from writer/director Andrea Arnold. Mia (Katie Jarvis) is 15 years old, and lives in an East London housing project. She has a shit bag of a mom (Kierston Wareing), and … Continue reading

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Submarine (2010, 97 minutes, Rated R) 5 stars out of 5

Highly recommended. Hilarious and just one of those movies that makes you happy. Boiled down, it’s a coming of age story about a 15-year old British schoolboy, Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts, who’s great here), growing up in 80s Wales. Oliver … Continue reading

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4 Lions (2010, 93 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars

4 Lions is an equally hilarious and awkward (and surely offensive, to some) comedy from British satirist Christopher Morris that follows the bumbling quest to martyrdom by what has to be the most dysfunctional Islamic terrorist cell ever. Led by … Continue reading

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The Krays (1990, 119 minutes, Rated R) 2.5 out of 5 stars

Disapointing British gangster movie from the early nineties. This movie was fairly well-regarded when it came out, but it hasn’t aged well and didn’t do it for me at all. The movie is based on the true story of twin … Continue reading

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