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The Sessions Review


Excellent

By taking a sensitive, honest approach to this true story, breakthrough filmmaker Lewin both avoids sentimentality and keeps the focus on the inner lives of the central characters. He also somehow manages to make a movie about a sexual surrogate strongly involving: we are never even remotely tempted to giggle.

This is the story of Mark O'Brien (Hawkes), a journalist from Berkeley, California, who lives in an iron lung that he can only leave for a few hours a week. Paralysed from the neck down by polio as a young boy, Mark decides at age 38 that he wants to lose his virginity. Consumed by Catholic guilt about this desire, he consults his local priest (Macy), who says he deserves a pass on this one. So his no-nonsense assistant Vera (Bloodgood) finds him a surrogate in Cheryl (Hunt), who starts eight sessions that are designed to lead to sex. And as she gets to know Mark, Cheryl begins to let her guard down.

Lewin refuses to shy away from any aspect of this story, confronting everything in honest, sometimes uncomfortable ways that are never remotely sentimentalised. It would be easy to drift into syruppy schmaltz with this kind of material, but the script maintains a bracingly sharp wit, and the actors cleverly underplay every scene. This adds to the realism and helps us understand all of the people on-screen. Hawkes and Hunt are both transparent and revelatory, each in a difficult role that could have been much showier, but is stronger due to their restraint. Macy and Bloodgood are terrific as the sardonic supporting characters. And Marks (as another assistant) and Arkin (as Cheryl's understanding husband) add terrific layers to their much smaller roles.

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Nicole Boxer, Stephen Nemeth, U and S. Senator Barbara Boxer - Nicole Boxer, Stephen Nemeth, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer Thursday 8th November 2012 Acclaimed Documentary "The Invisible War" Networking Luncheon Hosted by Senator Barbara Boxer held at The Beverly Hills Hotel

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Marcia Gay Harden, U, S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Frances Fisher and Stephen Nemeth
Nicole Boxer, Stephen Nemeth, U and S. Senator Barbara Boxer

Stephen Nemeth - Stephen Nemeth and guest held at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel Beverly Hills, California - The 36th Annual Vision Awards Saturday 27th June 2009

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Why Do Fools Fall In Love? Review


OK
Or, a better question: Why would anyone think a movie about a battle over music royalties by three vengeful women, starring Little Richard as himself, would be any good?

Bad Manners Review


Weak
The Big Chill gets all serious-like (think Woody Allen in his lousy, "serious" days) when four adults converge on a Hamptons-esque home for a weekend, rubbing one another entirely the wrong way. A squabble over $50 and the nature of computer-generated music becomes a launching pad for innuendo, which might have been enticing had any of the characters been interesting. The exception is Caroleen Feeney, cast as a vamp and used rather one-dimensionally, but she's still quite a heartbreaker. Based on Gilman's play Ghost in the Machine.

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas Review


Very Good
You might be tempted to dismiss Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as a curiosity, an attempt to exploit the pockets of fame enjoyed by Hunter S. Thompson and director Terry Gilliam.

When I first saw the film in 1998, that's what I did.

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Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday The 13th Review


Bad
At what point do self-awareness and flip irony double back and smack themselves in the face? The straight-to-cable Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th (it originally aired on USA Networks) is supposedly a parody of the teen horror genre, but considering the self-aware mockery of Scream, this film actually attempts to parody a parody. That is a daunting, thankless task which would require master parodists to pull it off. The makers of Shriek... are not those people.

Shriek's plot, as it were, is a stew of those from Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, centering around five students trying to avoid The Killer, a mysterious bungler in that now omnipresent Edvard Munch "The Scream" mask who knows embarrassing secrets about each of the students, including the fact that one student forgot to give her grandmother her laxative. Ha ha!

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