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Film Reviews: The Cat Returns (2002) and Frailty (2001)
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The Cat Returns (2002). Written by Reiko Yoshida and directed by Hiroyuki Morita. The story starts with the teenage girl, Haru, who is late for school. Later, walking home from school with a friend, they spot a strange cat carrying a box in its mouth. The cat is almost run over over when crossing the road, but Haru saves it. The cat stands up on its back legs, thanks her, then returns to its normal stance and walks off. The Cat Returns is the typical mix of Studio Ghibli fair, with humans thrust into a bizarre fantasy world. The Cat Returns isn't as bizarre as some, neither is it quite as fun, but it ticks along pleasantly. If you've liked previous films from Studio Ghibli it's worth a watch. If you haven't seen any then it might be better to start with one of the higher rated films e.g. Spirited Away. 3/5 (Average)

Frailty (2001). Written by Brent Hanley and directed by Bill Paxton. The story starts with a man (Matthew McConaughhey) walking into an FBI office to confess that his brother is responsible for a recent spate of serial killings. The rest of the story is told mostly in flashback. Frailty is a good psychological thriller. Along with directing, Bill Paxton plays one of the main parts to great effect, along with a well matched supporting cast. The story cracks along a good pace, although some will spot the denouement pretty much from the off. The film has more of a made-for-TV feel than for cinema, although this is a side issue as the interesting element here is the story. A must watch for any psychological thriller fan. 4/5 (Good)
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