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Mary Giordano is a bright, intelligent student who goes to a catholic school. She also has a addiction to mystery novels and detective magazines (hence the title of the movie), which inspire her to do her own detective work. When she starts snooping around on the case of a murderer of teenage girls, it gets her in hot water with her mentor Detective Jerry Gunn. But it also starts a team up with police cadet Tony Campbell. The two work together to find the murderer. But the closer Mary gets to solving the murder, the more danger she puts herself in of being the next victim. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Schoolgirl Alicia Silverstone looks for a killer
10 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"True Crime" (1995) is a thriller and a mystery. A schoolmate of Alicia Silverstone has been brutally murdered and she investigates on her own. She wants to be a cop because her father was, and he was killed in the line of duty. She knows the detective in charge, Bill Nunn, who tries without success to ward her off interfering. Meanwhile she's coming of age. She sees Kevin Dillon hanging around the carnival where the victim was last seen and follows him. She's then informed that he's been assigned to the case as a trainee by Nunn.

As this went along, it got better and better, especially as twists developed and suspects came into view. There was a good deal of surprise to it combined with enough plot details so that we felt suspicious of too easy a solution to the case. While the story did tie up some loose ends, it has plot holes relating to the sharing (or absence of it) of information with Nunn; but this is somewhat understandable and not fatal to the story at all. Most thrillers have such issues. The cinematography is mostly sunny California suburban, although the climax has a darker location. This takes it away from being neo-noir even though a serial killer becomes central to the story.

The acting was all right, more than adequate. No one brought it down and we felt sympathy for Silverstone as protagonist. This is decent work from writer-director Pat Verducci. I liked it; I'd rate it about 6.5 if I could. For my tastes, it's competitive with the bigger and noisier thrillers that have lots of special effects and action sequences. It has a nice bit of philosophical conflict between the nihilism of the killer and the Catholicism of Silverstone. It's nothing fancy or artistic, but it's good journeyman work. However, Ms. Verducci did only one more short after this in 1997 and has no other movie credits. She's become a writing teacher.

I personally rather enjoy seeing movies in which young people are using their wits skilfully and growing up, and it's good to see a young woman as a heroine.


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