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Copycat Review


Very Good
Hot on the heels of Seven, another very unconventional thriller has arrived in theaters: Copycat, an equally creepy film with the thematic premise that there really are an awful lot of sick people out there.

Judging from Copycat, there's more of them than we're giving credit to. Copycat is the story of a serial killer apparently chasing psychologist Helen Hudson (Sigourney Weaver). The only problem is, some 13 months earlier, another killer (Harry Connick Jr.) almost got her, and the experience was enough for her to lock herself into her snazzy apartment for good. When killer #2 comes around, two detectives, M.J. (Holly Hunter) and Ruben (Dermot Mulroney) try to solve the mystery. This is a much more disturbing and difficult task than it first seems, entangling everyone in an intensely engaging plot full of surprises and "rule-breaking" twists.

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Serial Mom Review


Excellent
In famous words: they don't make em like they used to.

When they used to make serial killer movies, the serial killers were guys. When they used to make serial killer movies, the serial killers used an axe or a chainsaw. When they used to make serial killer movies, the serial killers weren't happily married with children.

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Pecker Review


Excellent
John Waters lives in two worlds: the trashy and aggressively weird neighborhoods of his native Baltimore and the artsy society circles of New York City. Pecker is his hilarious take on what happens when those two very different cultures collide.

Pecker (Edward Furlong) is a happy-go-lucky teen who loves to carry his camera around town taking quick snapshots of the types of characters who have been populating Waters's films since the '70s. He even lives with some of them: his thrift-shop owning parents (Mary Kay Place and Mark Joy); his foul-mouthed sister Tina (Martha Plimpton), who works as a sassy bartender at the local gay bar; his eight-year-old sister, the hopelessly sugar-addicted Little Chrissy (Lauren Hulsey); and his totally wacky grandmother Memama (Jean Schertler), who cooks and sells pit beef sandwiches on the front lawn when she isn't distracted by her statue of the Virgin Mary, which speaks to her saying, "Full of grace! Full of grace!" Memama doesn't realize that she's actually the one saying it.

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Cecil B. Demented Review


Extraordinary
Hollywood is a pimp. A fat, cigar-smoking chump wearing a fur hat and 12 gold chains around its fat, hairy chest. All of its stars and starlets are an evil brood of scum-sucking vampires looking for the next percentage take, the next summer blockbuster, the next casting couch to audition on. Pumping out comic-book adaptations, terrible sequels to mediocre films, and remakes of foreign films to the nearest American movie multiplex mall theater equipped with thin walls and bad sound systems. How much longer can the works of Peckinpah, Fassbinder, Fuller, Castle, Preminger, and Lee be placed and forgotten in the wrong sections of the local Blockbuster stores? How many more Silver and Weinstein films can we enduring in this stinky, decaying state of American cinema?

But now, from John "I don't give a shit what you think about my movies" Waters, comes the siren call to all frustrated filmmakers and aficionados: Cecil B. DeMented, a warped and twisted tale of how far a filmmaker will go to create a personal vision of internal and social revolution.

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Pecker Movie Review

Pecker Movie Review

John Waters lives in two worlds: the trashy and aggressively weird neighborhoods of his native...

Cecil B. Demented Movie Review

Cecil B. Demented Movie Review

Hollywood is a pimp. A fat, cigar-smoking chump wearing a fur hat and 12...

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