The New World

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Four stars

Reflections in the river, giant ships coursing to new land.  A wonderous, arty Pocahontas movie.  More sci-fi in it’s lyricism than that other Pocahontas movie Avatar.

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Home for the Holidays

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Three stars

Mental illness handled as quirk, it’s unbelievable & sappy yet relatable.  Will she get the guy?  Will the old days be remembered?  Downey Jr. straddles the line of charming and obnoxious.  It’s probably worth revisiting for those looking for an autumnal holiday feature

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

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Three stars

A street dancer spins to soft beats while cold earth crystalizes the hearts of the vampire lovers.  A tepid, mumblecore Ganga & Hess remake.  It starts strong, remain political, exudes malaise & solemnity, moves glacially.  Jesus saves and kills in equal measure.