Mary Poppins Returns
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An uneasy mix of tired detective-movie clichés and low-key arty pretension.
Wary, conflicted, gutsy, and simpatico, [Lang'd] make a fine series character.
Emphasizes sex at the expense of mystery.
The sex scenes between the women do little to advance the story, but they blessedly distract both Jill and the viewer from the thin narrative.
Boasts strong, highly watchable perfs.
Carries the leaden whiff of the ghosts of thrillers past.
Don't be fooled by the packaging: at the heart of it, it's a pedestrian detective thriller that doesn't have much going for it in terms of originality.
The mystery story seemed drained of any suspense.
Lang's dramatic pacing is sluggish and dull.
You Should Pay Nine Bucks to See This: If you hate poetry. It will make your prejudice seem justified.
The film, with lurid and kinky elements familiar to those who remember Dario Argento or Radley Metzger, provides slumming without guilt.
[The film] is about nudity and bad poetry -- really bad poetry. The nudity is in the context of a lesbian affair that's about as convincing as a Playboy photo shoot.
Echos the traditions of a film noir. Susie Porter plays private investigator Jill Fitzpatrick hired to find clues to the murder of a young girl who(at the time) went to poetry sessions. Porter's character falls in love with a suspect (Kelly McGillis) who happens to be a teacher of poetry. The film has a decent amount of titilation but the narrative stays together and I really admired Susie Porter's performance. "The Monkey's Mask" sort of drags and sometimes the film does feel like it wants to focus more on titilation rather then the heart of the story and it's characters. Nonetheless, TM'sM is not a long film and goes by fast, it's shot really well and for what it's worth, kept me somewhat interested.
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