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Frankenweenie (2012) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

October 16, 2012 | By | Reply More
Frankenweenie (2012) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

Tim Burton returns to his roots making a feature-length version of one of the two short films that made him famous. Filling the film with references to classic horror and sci-fi films he tell the story of teenage Victor Frankenstein who brought his dog back to life as a cute and likeable patchwork monstrosity. The […]

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The Master (2012) (film review).

October 4, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Master (2012) (film review).

In the years after WWII Freddie Quell, an unbalanced and misfit Navy veteran, finds and comes under the sway of an American cult led by charismatic demagogue Lancaster Dodd. Quell becomes a fanatic believer in the cult, but can never get the full approval from Dodd that he desperately seeks. Selective in its appeal, the […]

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Arbitrage (2012) (film review).

October 1, 2012 | By | Reply More
Arbitrage (2012) (film review).

Arbitrage (a film review by Mark R. Leeper) Richard Gere, having grown into looking the role of a silver fox of finance, plays Robert Miller, the head of a successful hedge fund. A deal has gone very badly for him and he desperately needs four hundred million dollars to cover his losses. When things look […]

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Adventures in Plymptoons (2012) (Film Review).

September 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
Adventures in Plymptoons (2012) (Film  Review).

Many animators make films that give the impression that anything could happen. But Bill Plympton’s cartoons (a.k.a. Plymptoons) make that what-could-happen the anythingest. Bill Plympton makes reality-pulverizing animated films. His friends, his peers, and some celebrities delve into Plympton’s life and his art in this documentary study of the life and art of Bill Plympton. […]

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Super Hero Party Clown (Mark’s movie review).

September 19, 2012 | By | Reply More
Super Hero Party Clown (Mark’s movie review).

An amiable, slight, and overly familiar story gives us a boy so shy he cannot talk to the girl he likes without wearing a costume. Eugene wears the superhero suit of Arachnid-Man at children’s parties. He is not really a tough dude, but plays one when hired for kids. He finds he is pitted against […]

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The Possession (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

September 12, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Possession (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

A family going through a painful divorce is also subjected to the ravages of a dybbuk, a possessing spirit from Jewish folklore. Until this point probably all dramatic stories of dybbuks have been based on a single famous play by Shalom Ansky. This film uses the concept of a dybbuk, but seems to have it […]

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Serving Up Richard (Mark’s take).

September 8, 2012 | By | Reply More
Serving Up Richard (Mark’s take).

CAPSULE (a film review by Mark R. Leeper): What begins as a dark comedy becomes a grim psychological horror film with a battle of wits between the Hutchins couple who perform ancient Mesoamerican blood rituals including cannibalism and their captive, a man of whom they intend to make a meal. From his cage, a prison […]

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