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The Final Sacrifice (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

O Canada! The 1990 film, The Final Sacrifice, opens in the snowy Canadian wilderness.  A man who I can only assume is a pro wrestler is hanging out with another man, who I can only assume is the lead singer for an emo band.  According to the film, the man in the suit is named […]

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Haunts of the Very Rich (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

The 1972 made-for-TV movie Haunts of the Very Rich opens with a lengthy shot of Lyle (Tony Bill) and Laurie (Donna Mills) sharing a very long kiss.  Obviously, they’re very happy and why shouldn’t they be?  They’re young.  They’re beautiful.  They’re in love.  They’re newly married.  And … they’re on an airplane! It’s a private plane, […]

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The Children (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Poor Casey (Hannah Tointon)! As 2008’s The Children opens, all she wants to do is celebrate New Year’s with her friends.  Instead, her mom and her stepfather are dragging her off to some stupid house in the middle of nowhere, where she’ll have to hang out with her aunt and her dorky uncle and she’ll […]

The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

First released in 1976, The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane tells the story of Ryann Jacobs (played by Jodie Foster, who was thirteen years old when she made this film). Rynn lives in a small New England town, in a house that her father has leased for three years.  It’s been a while […]

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Audrey Rose (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

The 1977 film, Audrey Rose, tells the story of an annoying little girl named Ivy (Susan Swift), who is the daughter of annoying Janice (Marsha Mason) and annoying Bill (John Beck).  Everything seems to be perfectly normal until, one day, they notice that they’re being followed around by an annoying man named Elliott (Anthony Hopkins).  […]

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The Tower (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

The plot of 1993’s The Tower could probably best be described as, “Paul Reiser gets a job and gets everyone killed.” Technically, Paul Reiser is playing Tony Minot, a guy who would rather spend his time in his apartment, composing new age synthesizer anthems and eating left over pizza, than actually go to work.  But […]

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10/31 (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

It’s Halloween night and we all know what the means.  It’s a time for candy.  It’s a time for treats.  It’s a time for tricks.  And it’s definitely a time for a few frights.  Two costumed children sit in a dark room that is only partially illuminated by the flickering of their TV.  On the […]

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Cast A Deadly Spell (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Welcome to 1940s Los Angeles! It’s a world that, at first, seems very familiar.  World War II is over and, even as America faces the future with refreshed optimism, the streets of Los Angles remain mean and dangerous.  There are gangsters.  There are rich men plotting to make themselves even richer.  The police are corrupt.  […]

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The Watcher (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

  Released in 2000, The Watcher is one of those movies where a burned out FBI Agent finds himself locked in a game of cat-and-mouse with an overly verbose serial killer.  The FBI agent doesn’t want to get involved and is struggling with a drug addiction.  (It’s always either drugs or a wife who doesn’t […]

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Teenagers From Outer Space (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

The aliens have landed in California! And they’re teenagers! That may sound like the set up of a 1960s beach movie but actually, Teenagers From Outer Space is an oddly somber little movie from 1959.  Now, just to be clear, somber does not necessarily equal good.  There’s a lot of humor to be found in […]

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