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A Field in England

Kudos to the programmers behind Little Red Booking, who in recent months have been running a consistently challenging and expansive monthly film series at Squeaky Wheel. Their programming, which lacks a series title (branding, guys, branding!), is in the best tradition of the early 1970s midnight programmers who exposed Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Lynch and John Waters to the world.

Winter's Tale

You have to see it to believe it. Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman’s (A Brilliant Mind) first effort as a director is a failure too comprehensive to be conveyed in a brief review. But—and here I’ve got to lay a major caveat emptor on you—this is not to be construed as a recommendation to find out for yourself, even if you’re a connoisseur of the campy awful. This may be one of the worst big movies of the last 50 years, but it’s not bad in any redeemingly enjoyable way. For the very most part, it’s bad in a long-winded, carelessly written, and dreary fashion.


If this Chilean movie ever gets remade in the US, the producers are going to have trouble casting the title role. Paulina García, who was named Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival for her performance here, is 52 years old and looks it. Her cheeks are starting to sag, quotation marks appear to frame her mouth when she smiles (which is often); she has not, in other words, undergone the cosmetic “fixing” that American actresses her age are all but required to have if they want to continue their careers.

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