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  • Carnival of Souls
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  • Sidewalk Stories
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  • The Northman

    ★★★

  • The Hunter

    ★★½

  • Collateral

    ★★★½

  • Chained for Life

    ★★★

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  • F*&% the Prom

    F*&% the Prom

    ★★★★★

    If The Kissing Booth is a film that's ridiculously awful but still so entertaining in spite of itself, this is the reverse. This is the nadir. This is the movie that's physically painful to watch. If you thought A Serbian Film was a lot, you haven't seen this.

    This is directed by the Fine Brothers, the assholes who got famous creating those Youtube videos about people reacting to other people's content, and got into that huge public flameout for trying…

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  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★

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

    This is one tiny little notch away from being just a three. Both for how many interesting things Eggers does with it and all the ways I feel like it misses its own potential in a lot of cases.

    It would also be really disingenuous to claim this is an exact replica of the story of Amleth (which in turn was the direct inspiration for Hamlet), as very little of the Amleth myth is actually found here. That's not necessarily…

  • The Hunter

    The Hunter

    ★★½

    willem dafoe is phenomenal as always, but this reeks of an indie drama with a bizarre action subplot thrown in very last minute. the premise is a damned good one: a hunter hired to find the existence of the supposedly extinct tasmanian tiger. but it ends up being too many things at once over too short a runtime: a surrogate family drama, a weird espionage thriller, all shot with the traditionally desaturated and unfocused handheld of 2011. there's just far…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★

    This is a direct prequel to Batman Vs Superman. Or not. The way that this is both a direct prequel and also not sums up the way this one tries to have its cake and eat it too at every opportunity. On the one hand, it segues directly into the opening of Zack Snyder's libertarian opus. Then it abruptly decides to steal the ending of the infinitely worse Mr. Nobody and posit that Arthur Fleck has made the entire thing…

  • Audrie & Daisy

    Audrie & Daisy

    ★★★

    Two things worth noting:

    1. Hearing rapists talk about their crimes as casually as you'd talk about your weekend is genuinely chilling.

    2. Why the hell are the rapists' identities hidden and the victims are not? Was there some legal thing involved with that? Is it just one more way to show how pervasive rape culture is in this country? Did they have a choice?

    Regardless, it's a look at American rape culture, especially as it pertains to high school…