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  • The Work

    The Work

    ★★★★½

    Once a week, convicts at Folsom Prison meet in the prison chapel for group therapy sessions. Twice a year, members of the general public are invited to join them for an intensive, four-day session. The Work is a documentary that follows one such session.

    The thing I was struck by over and over, watching The Work, is that it feels like something I shouldn’t be seeing. The cameras don’t seem to exist for these men, who come ready to lay…

  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper

    ★★★★

    There's a moment in the first third of Personal Shopper where Kristen Stewart's character, Maureen, is trying to get her boss's attention. Her boss, Kyra, a glamorous and wealthy model, employs Maureen to buy and rent her clothing for her many appearances at fashion events around the world. We see Maureen going to clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, dropping things off in Kyra's closet, negotiating with sellers. She rented some leather pants, and now she needs to return them, but Kyra…

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  • Street Trash

    Street Trash

    ½

    I hated this movie so much I almost had a panic attack about it. TW for what follows; the movie has a lot of rape in it.

    To set the scene: It's hour nine of the horror movie marathon, and I'm having a pretty good time. I wish I'd packed more snacks. I dozed off during a couple of the movies but I'm trying to get a second wind. Our guest programmer is a handsome young fella from LA, covered…

  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    As is often the case with a near-future apocalyptic setting, I got very wrapped up in the details in this movie. Of course the schools are abandoned, rotting, full of wildlife. Of course young women don't really know what happens when you get pregnant. It makes sense that the government would force people to get fertility tests, long after hope has been lost. Even the small touches, like video ads on the sides of buses, government-supplied suicide kits, and the…