Monday, February 2, 2009

New Releases: Shadows and Memorial Day

Based on the other reviews I've read, it seems I may be the only person who actually liked Milcho Manchevski's ghost story, Shadows. An admittedly flawed piece of work, the film (currently playing at New York's Cinema Village) offers enough visual pleasures to reward any viewer willing to put up with a shopworn story and a poor grasp of narrative. The same can't be said for Josh Fox's Memorial Day (opening this Wednesday at the IFC Center) a pointless, brutalizing take on both Abu Ghraib and spring break which posits a tenuous link between the two, then places the blame for the former squarely on the shoulders of the average grunt.

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