Monthly Archive: February 2014

Feb
28

Review: KIDS FOR CASH

The courtroom was the scene of the crime in KIDS FOR CASH.

Former Judge Mark Ciavarella wants you to know it was never about Kids for Cash. In his interviews with director Robert May (and kudos to the documentary-maker for scoring lens-time with the perpetrators of this scandal, along with their victims), he bristles against being tagged with that identifier. And, indeed, he’s got a point: It’s …

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Feb
19

Review: CHILD’S POSE

Luminita Gheorghiu in CHILD'S POSE.

American movies apply a pretty straightforward technique to devastate an audience: build up the emotion; accelerate the cutting; maybe throw in some shouting; add a swell of music; boom, you’re there. Things apparently are different in Romania. Maybe Romanians are a more patient people, or we’re seeing the remnants of a culture where, not all …

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Feb
17

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: ROBOCOP

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And so, shouldering our backpacks and steeling ourselves against the urge to look back, we leave the doldrums of the start-of-2014 release schedule. Farewell, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES! Farewell, I, FRANKENSTEIN! Farewell, (ugh) VAMPIRE ACADEMY! May our paths never cross again. (A fruitless wish in the case of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY — the next installment …

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Feb
10

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: VAMPIRE ACADEMY

Zoey Deutch (left), Lucy Fry (center), and Sarah Hyland brave the perils of a very special high school in VAMPIRE ACADEMY.

“They suck at school,” the posters for VAMPIRE ACADEMY proudly proclaim, and let it now be said that they aren’t any better at movies, either. A lackluster production whose only reason for existing is to try to snag the TWILIGHT SAGA demo with as minimal effort as possible (to paraphrase W.C. Fields: “We want to …

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Feb
03

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB

Science! Peter Sellers plays an ex-Nazi witnessing his dreams coming true in DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB.

It would be hard to overstate the excellence of DOCTOR STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB. Stanley Kubrick’s masterful dark comedy took the grimmest of concepts — the world on the brink of the apocalypse as a rogue American general (Sterling Hayden) orders a nuclear strike on Russia — …

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