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  • Dog Eat Dog

    Dog Eat Dog

    ★★½

    Much ado about nothing. Starts off fairly promising, and a couple of scenes are rather fun, but most of it is just meandering and boring. I still don't get why Paul Schrader is as loved as he is by some: other than some great scripts back in the day, now he is but a shadow of his former self. Cage and Dafoe were great, though!

    Story: 4
    Directing: 4.5
    Cinematography: 7
    Acting: 6.5
    Sound: 5
    Visual Effects: 5

    ENJOYMENT: 5…

  • The Lure

    The Lure

    ★★★½

    The Lure, a.k.a. that one Polish horror musical with lots of gratuitous nudity, one killer mermaid, one mermaid who wants legs and a vagina, a seedy nightclub, decent music, and songs that do not always move the plot forward.

    It was perfectly fine. Very stylish in its presentation, and I loved the first musical numbers. Unfortunately, it slows down to a crawl midway through, and some songs really are shoehorned in, without moving the plot onward. However, the practical effect…

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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★★

    Of all the movies that are premiering here at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, this is the one I was most excited about. Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, Octavia Spencer, and Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water is a fantasy romance set during the Cold War.

    The undeniable star of the film has to be del Toro’s crew: the makeup and special effects used to bring the creature to life…

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    I forgot how near perfect this movie is: the cinematography by Roger Deakins is spectacular; the cast does a tremendous job, with a disturbing villainous performance by Javier Bardem, a depressed Tommy Lee Jones, and a sweaty Josh Brolin; the sound design is absolutely incredibly, making each scene tense thanks to subtle cues and the lack of music; the sets, locations, and effects are excellent, with disturbingly real gore that never gets excessive.

    Most importantly, the film has a fantastic…