Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Dir. Jean-Marc Vallée


Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) takes drugs, sleeps with prostitutes, is verbally abusive, vulgar, and homophobic. Ron is also diagnosed with HIV virus. He has 30 days to live. We learn early on he brought it on himself. Can we have any sympathy for him?

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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) Dir. Alan Rudolph


Dorothy Parker (Jennifer Jason Leigh) was a fascinating figure. She was an opinionated, passionate, witty and sharp writer. She was a member of the famous Algonquin Round Table, a New York group of writers, actors, and critics. The movie documents her life, loves, writing, and the Round Table. Yet, it doesn’t do them justice. It presents the facts, but lacks the intoxicated spark of the Roaring Twenties. Sadly, it copies straight from a documentary The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table (1987), while lacking interesting elements of a featured film.

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Very Good Girls (2013) Dir. Naomi Foner


This movie boldly goes where very few movies have gone before. It focuses on women. Women of all ages, personalities, needs. Women young, undecided, searching. It centers around female attractions. Yet, there are no rules of attraction. The attraction rules. It rules people, and it shapes lives.

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