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The Young Poisoner's Handbook Review


Excellent
Hugh O'Conor is outstanding as Graham Young, a British teen with absolutely no sense of morality. How so? When given a chemistry set, he promptly uses it to start poisoning his friends and family, not stopping until stepmom is dead. He's promptly caught, convicted, and sentenced to psychological rehabilitation... where he continues to manipulate the system to earn his release. Reportedly based on a true story, the black comedy is so thick here it will put some viewers off, but for fans of movies like A Clockwork Orange (of which this is a clear homage), it's the kind of nihilistic work that we rarely, rarely see these days.

Beautiful People Review


Extraordinary
It seems like eight years after Short Cuts, everyone decided to try to one-up Robert Altman's slow-moving masterpiece. In the space of six months, we have seen the releases of three films that have been Short Cuts-esque. First we had Magnolia. Then we had the beautifully photographed yet sluggish 1999 Madeleine. Now we have Beautiful People, a British film about Bosnia.

Somehow packing in the stories of about a dozen major characters into a two-hour running time, Beautiful People has the same bizarre intertwining of characters that Magnolia and Short Cuts did. However, Beautiful People manages to hit harder when all is said and done.

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Four Weddings And a Funeral Review


Excellent
In the spring of 1994, Four Weddings and a Funeral was an international hit, earning an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and turning Hugh Grant into a star. It was the My Big Fat Greek Wedding of its day. There's just one tiny difference. Four Weddings and a Funeral is a far superior movie in just about every way, a funny and stirring look at stumbling toward love and the effect of friendship.

And, there's not a bottle of Windex anywhere to be found.

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Different For Girls Review


Terrible
Lifeless cross-dressing movie. Not funny. Not interesting. Stay away.

Twice Upon a Yesterday Review


OK
Cute, yet not altogether satisfying, this Sliding Doors drama-comedy has Henshall as a British actor who gets the chance to turn back time so that he doesn't fess up to girlfriend Headey that he's cheating on her. Will things turn out any better the second time around? Only fate knows the answer to that. The premise is, again, cute and moderately well-done, but unfortunately Henshall does not have the radiance of the crowd-pleasing Gwyneth Paltrow. A fun diversion, though.
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