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Krabat And The Legend Of The Satanic Mill Review


Excellent
With gorgeous settings and a very dark story, this tale of swords and sorcery is like a nasty twist on the Harry Potter premise. Which of course makes it rather a lot of fun to watch, helped by the fact that it's beautifully filmed and acted.

As the plague sweeps through Europe, orphaned teen Krabat (Kross) is offered a home by an old mill keeper (Redl) who is clearly a mentor for the young men who live and work there. But Krabat immediately notices something strange is going on. Indeed, the master is a sorcerer training his boys in the dark arts. But trouble arises when Krabat and his new friend Tonda (Bruhl) meet two girls (Kalenberg and Thalbach) from a local village. To the master, having a girlfriend is a fatal transgression. And there's only one way to escape.

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Summer Storm Review


Weak
It's a wet hot German summer when a co-ed high-school rowing team hops on its bus and heads off a regional meet/campout in Summer Storm. Issues of burgeoning sexuality abound, and one boy's struggle with his nascent homosexuality comes to the fore, but this is no Brokeback Mountain. Try as it might, it has trouble getting past the after school special level.

The center of attention is Tobi (Robert Stadlober), a somewhat dorky but popular team captain who has a dangerously serious crush on his life-long buddy and teammate Achim (Kostja Ullmann). Backslapping best friends, the two are totally comfortable indulging in, um, onanism contests and playing a little slap and tickle in the locker room, but when Tobi plants an impulsive little kiss on Achim's cheek, the freaked-out Achim draws a firm line. After all, he has a girlfriend, and so does Tobi for that matter.

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What To Do In Case Of Fire? Review


Very Good
Kind of cute, this German flick asks what happens when anarchists grow up (and of course, if there's a fire). The fire this time is a bomb placed 15 years ago that never went off, until now. Now our heroes -- all adults and long since gone corporate -- have to retrieve a critical bit of evidence before the cops close in. Interesting and often fun, but it's a little over-earnest.

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Anatomy Review


Very Good
I've never trusted physicians. Probably never will, and for good reason: Rising above tepid slasher fare, German import Anatomy shows just how gruesome hospitals, doctors, and all their trappings can be.

Starring Run Lola Run's Franka Potente, the story recalls Extreme Measures (though skewing younger), a tale of a secret society of doctors and med students that disavow the Hippocratic oath, instead opting to do grotesque experiments on living, often perfectly healthy, patients.

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Anatomy 2 Review


Weak
When young medical student Jo Hauser (Barnaby Metschurat) leaves his small town and his crippled brother for an internship at a Berlin hospital, he quickly becomes aware of Professor Muller-LaRousse (Herbert Knaup), who holds sway as a famous neurosurgeon revered by a group of doctors chosen to be part of his secret clan. Its purpose is to assist his revolutionary development of computer-controlled muscle replacement and is based on disavowing the Hippocratic Oath as an undesirable obstruction to advanced science, like his project to build body parts for a master race.

Hauser is eventually invited to join and, after accepting all legal responsibility for anything that may come of it, embraces the rare privilege of being one of the insiders and an experimental guinea pig. Sexy doctor Viktoria (Heike Makatsch) takes the innocent intern under her wing and inside her panties for a chemically enhanced morale boost in the lab. It's her job to keep him loyal and beyond the reach of nurse Lee (beautiful Filipina Rosie Alvarez), a stable, sensitive type who has fallen for the finer attributes of the young intern. Lee remains his island of sensibility even when she discovers that her boy has volunteered to have synthetic muscles implanted in his legs in order to beat everyone on the soccer field. It's not too long before unrestrained experimentation turns diabolical and homicidal, as does any reason to take any of it seriously.

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Krabat and the Legend of the Satanic Mill Movie Review

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