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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    9/12 of its length Arrival is an interesting and thrilling movie about the importance of communication and the looming consequences of its failure. The rest is tad shortcutting "I can see future" anti-climactic mess that bored me.

    Most interesting take out of Arrival is how the Aliens coming to Earth pose no visible threat being locked inside a stationary pod. It's the people and particularly the media driving people to the edge of chaos. Talk about responsibility in this scenario. One could also draw allegories to mass immigration and post-truth era – that's another story, though.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Rogue One knits itself into the beginning of Episode IV: A New Hope without much of a mess. There's top-notch visual effects - especially during the last 30-45 minutes, a duo of likable main characters, solid screenplay, and a brutally honest, but comical droid of K-2SO (this franchise surely knows how to design its droid characters).

    What left me wishing for more was the pacing of events. Some of the scenes were over too quickly and some of the scenes…

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  • An American Werewolf in London

    An American Werewolf in London

    ★★★★

    John Landis recreates a terrific eerie atmosphere in the dark moors of Wales and moves it down to London without losing the film's credibility. I was afraid that the werewolf would turn out to be clumsy and plastic but fortunately this was not the case largely thanks to the special effects.

    Essentially the ending is great. No prolonged outro'ing or other nonsense. Clean cut and off to a couple of beers. That a boy, John!

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★

    Oh, how I love thy horror films embracing the mysticism of pagan rites in diabolic woods, conservative Christians seeking help not from each other but from God. Generally, this kind of plot setting is susceptible to go wrong but The Vvitch makes it interesting by placing a lot of credibility on the film's characters, their use of language and adorably low-saturated - even ghastly - colors.