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REVIEW: Lifetime's Flowers In the Attic Is Crazy Good | Lifetime, Flowers in the Attic, V.C. Andrews

PEOPLE's TV Critic: Lifetime's Flowers In the Attic Is Crazy Good

Originally posted 01/18/2014 12:35PM

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Flowers in the Attic is the rare Lifetime movie (it airs Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT) that can't simply be written off as a Lifetime movie. It's so pure and perverse an example of American Gothic, I felt compelled to read the original VC Andrews novel to try and comprehend what sort of imagination could hatch such a nutty story – a fairy tale, really, that somehow combines Hansel and Gretel and The Blue Lagoon. In Virginia horse country.

Flowers, both the book and the new movie, is completely absurd – if you want to gauge the absurdity, just know that one of the darkest secrets in the narrative involves a doughnut – but somehow also psychologically coherent. It has a grip.

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Brad Pitt to Time Travel Down Under

Originally posted 07/25/2002 01:00PM

The hunk prepares to star with Cate Blanchett and Ellen Burstyn in the $70 million-plus sci-fi epic "The Fountain," to be shot this fall in Australia.

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