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Review: Maleficent

Tl:dr review of Maleficent: I loved it!   Warning: The following may contain spoilers. Once upon a time, humans led an egalitarian, feminist, peaceful, earth-based way of life. Warrior men came down from a mountain and brought violence and patriarchy.   This myth is at the heart of many stories. We’ve seen it in the… Read More Review: Maleficent

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Review: The Legend of Hercules

Even if you’re not familiar with classical mythology, you’ve probably heard of Hercules. For about two thousand years, we’ve been hearing about this son of the god Zeus and moral woman Alcmene. The strength and adventures of the divine hero are, well, the stuff of legends. It’s too bad that the crew behind The Legend… Read More Review: The Legend of Hercules

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Review: The Wicker Tree

Robin Hardy returns to the silver screen with neither a remake nor a sequel to his 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man. Intended as a companion piece, The Wicker Tree explores the same themes, but with far less intrigue, shock, horror, or reason. The film opens in Texas where born-again country pop star Beth Boothby and… Read More Review: The Wicker Tree

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Review: The Pagan Queen

The Pagan Queen is a rare film. There aren’t many movies about paganism during the early medieval period and even less that treat the middle ages in general without Tolkien magic and glamour. In The Pagan Queen, director Constantin Werner gives us a beautiful and realistic look at early medieval paganism in his story about… Read More Review: The Pagan Queen

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Review: Agora

I’m going to be honest and admit my bias right now. I’m Pagan and I’m a feminist. I was familiar with the story that inspired this film. That didn’t make it any easier to watch this movie. Seeing it brought to life on the big screen made my blood boil and provoked a profound sadness.… Read More Review: Agora

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Review: Clash of the Titans (2010)

Warning: This review contains spoilers. I made plans to see Clash of the Titans with friends on a Friday night. I got rear-ended on the way to the theatre. My friends called this accident a gift from the gods that spared me from the horrors of this remake. One of my friends needed an hour of… Read More Review: Clash of the Titans (2010)

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Review: The Orphanage

The Orphanage could have descended into the kind of horror movie I don’t like. I love horror, but I’m particular about it. I don’t like torture horror, slasher films, cheap scares, or cliches. I like to linger in a creepy atmosphere, anticipating, dreading. The Orphanage knows the difference between surprise and suspense. It knows how much scarier it… Read More Review: The Orphanage

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Review: The Magdalene Sisters

In 1960’s Ireland, under the strict and unchallenged influence of the Roman Catholic Church, sex outside marriage, like murder, was considered a mortal sin. Women who transgressed or fell under suspicion were condemned by community and church as fallen women. These young were sent away and locked up in Magdalene asylums. The Magdalene Sisters is an unflinching,… Read More Review: The Magdalene Sisters

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Review: Pan’s Labyrinth

Guillermo del Toro’s latest film Pan’s Labyrinth is a fairy tale as dark, spellbinding, moving, and scary as fairy tales are supposed to be. Set against the postwar repression of Franco’s Spain, the story unfolds through the eyes of Ofelia, a dreamy little girl who is uprooted to a military outpost commanded by her new stepfather, Captain… Read More Review: Pan’s Labyrinth

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Review: Apocalypto

Mel Gibson’s next display violent gore takes us to the jungles of Mexico for an exciting chase movie about why the savage Mayan people deserved to be conquered and wiped out. Apocalypto follows Jaguar Paw (aka Country Mouse), a member of one Mayan tribe, whose small ideal village is conquered by a more aggressive tribe (aka… Read More Review: Apocalypto