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  • Bad Girls Go to Hell
  • Indecent Desires
  • Deadly Weapons
  • The Amazing Transplant

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  • Female Vampire

    ★★★½

  • The El Duce Tapes

    ★★★★

  • Sweet Trash

    ★★★★

  • The Dark Corner

    ★★★½

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  • Loving Highsmith

    Loving Highsmith

    ★★★

    Loving Highsmith does shed light on the writer's softer, more intimate sides, interviewing lovers (including Vin Packer) who knew her in ways that is less often depicted in reporting about her life. A picture of someone you might actually enjoy meeting is crafted.

    But as the film focuses on Highsmith through her lovers and refracted through her more famous works that were translated into cinema, also with an eye to the depiction of love and homosexuality, it omits the more…

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I watched The Banshees of Inisherin a week ago and have not stopped mulling it over (or trying to correctly pronounce the place name.) But here's what I got:

    I'm like the one person who watched In Bruges and didn't like it. It's been long enough now that I've forgotten what I reacted to but given the number of folks who liked it, I would be willing to revisit it. And in the meanwhile, this film reunites the two stars…

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  • Terminal USA

    Terminal USA

    ★★★½

    Endowed with financing from PBS and the NEA, Jon Moritsugu crafted a film about the Japanese-American experience. Even at the time, Moritsugu and crew wondered if the grantees had seen any of his movies before, because when he delivered Terminal USA, it was a bit of a shock to the Public Broadcasting System and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    For Moritsugu, this was by far the biggest budget he’d contended with, and so even though a lot of the…

  • Chopping Mall

    Chopping Mall

    ★★★

    From schlockmeister Jim Wynorski and produced by Julie Corman, Chopping Mall is some seriously Eighties biz. I mean, it’s set in a mall. It takes place almost entirely inside a mall (the Sherman Oaks Galleria). But Eightiesness is just one aspect of charm to this fun thriller about killer robots gone amok. In fact, it’s packed with charms.

    Chopping Mall stars Kelli Maroney, a stand-out from Night of the Comet (1984) and one-time Ryan’s Hope star (my mom loved that…