THE PAINTED BIRD – Review by Susan Granger

Having caused not only controversy but massive ‘walk-outs’ during film festivals, Czech filmmaker Vaclav Marhoul’s three-hour, black-and-white adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s grim, gruesome autobiographical novel is an epic revelation of extreme cruelty and brutality during World War II.

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SKIN WALKER – Review by Maitland McDonagh

Emotionally fragile Janine returns to her family’s vast country estate for her grandmother’s funeral and is sucked into a mire of family dysfunction in this arthouse horror movie that is neither as clever as it aspires to be nor as effective as similarly themed films. The screenplay isn’t sufficiently original to make the finished film stand out from many other psychological horror stories that unfold in apparently idyllic settings tainted by real-life sins and demons of the mind.

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