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The Winter Guest Review


OK
Extremely chatty, Alan Rickman's directorial debut is long in the tooth and short in everything else. While the photography of a remote Scottish fishing village is to die for, the lack of anything happening in the plot (involving eight natives from kids to the elderly and their various relationships) -- or even much music -- is a real letdown. Most notably disappointing is a shorn Emma Thompson, who spends the first third of the movie in the bathroom. Bo-ring!

The Acid House Review


Excellent
The late '90s should be cinematically remembered as the years of the new wave drug movie. In the late '80s and the early '90s, the drug movie was nothing more than a simple comic device... there was no meaning behind the cloud of pot smoke produced by Cheech and Chong. Then, starting in 1996 with the British smash Trainspotting, the drug movie suddenly took on a dual persona of both cautionary tale and comedy of errors. Since Trainspotting, two truly exemplary drug movies have come along... one American and one Scottish. The American is the bizarre Gen-X foray into the surreal, Go. The Scottish is The Acid House.

Although only one part of The Acid House directly deals with LSD, the majority of the movie feels as if it were written and directed the drug. Much like Go gave an accurate portrayal of X, The Acid House gives an accurate portrayal of the Super Mario... um... or so I heard.

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The Governess Review


Good
Minnie Driver nipple alert! Sometimes there's nothing more painful than a forbidden 19th-century romance, filled with chest beating and cries of "This is madness!!" Nonethelss, Sandra Goldbacher ushes in yet another take on The Piano, only without much of the real, underlying emotion. Set in the lonely Scotland manse of a photographic pioneer (Wilkinson), Driver arrives on the scene from London to care for the family's child. Hiding the fact that she's a Jew, she quickly falls for her charge's father. Hair-tearing ensues, thanks to Driver's rebellious influence on the family. A really dull ending disappoints, but the film on a whole isn't unpalatable if you're looking for something a little more contemplative (read: slow).
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