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  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X

    ★★★★½

    I really need to shake off the thinking that Spike Lee's movies aren't really for me and see moe when the opportunity presents itself, because it's very clear I've been missing out. I had wavered on seeing this one when the theater got a mere 35mm print rather than the expected 70mm blowup, but since I figured this wasn't going to get another theatrical booking any time soon, why not? It's just three and a half hours of time.

    What…

  • El Cid

    El Cid

    ★★★½

    The story of epic where, if one person displays some small amount of common sense, well, maybe things don't go differently in any sort of large-scale sense, but maybe that person lives a happier life. Everybody, it seems, works a lot harder than they need to.

    Still, that's kind of what makes this a bit more of an interesting epic than some others; it's kind of struggling with its morality, trying to advocate for forgiveness and unity but unable to…

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  • Killing Ground

    Killing Ground

    ★½

    When people who don't like horror movies in general ask those who do how they can enjoy that sort of garbage, they're talking about movies like "Killing Ground". With the good stuff, you can talk about nightmare imagery, stories which allow you to confront fears directly or metaphorically, or just admiring the staging and choreography of a suspenseful scene and the catharsis that comes afterward with the good ones, but sometimes, even with good intentions, a movie is just serving…

  • Luz

    Luz

    ★★★★½

    A nifty, disorienting sort of horror movie which has the neat idea of combining hypnosis and possession, creating a sense of lack of control and disconnection that many other films like this lack. It's a fascinating way to make what seems very small into something tremendously tense.

    It's an unnerving look, too, shot on 16mm in brutalist, run-down locations, with tons of smoke that makes a room both claustrophobic and infinite. The sound is peculiar and synth-y, too loud and out of sync, but it fits, even if it is also often very jarring.