Allison M.
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  • Life Itself

    Life Itself

    ★★★★½

    WHOA!

    I was reading reviews either this or last week that had me deciding maybe I shouldn’t even see this movie. WHAT!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?! Then I read another couple of reviews in the last couple of days that made me think I should check this out (I almost ditched this to see the new Jack White documentary).

    Some things in the story might come off as irrelevant or flippant, but these things are mostly justified. It does get a bit messy and…

  • The Apparition

    The Apparition

    ★★★

    From Xavier Giannoli, the director of Marguerite and The Singer (which I both loved), comes a more serious film. Described in some places on the internet as a "thriller", it's really not. While the story is interesting per se, there are two problems. First, it's not based on a true story, and second, I didn't like the exact direction the film took. Perhaps it is also odd that Vincent Lindon's character, Jacques Mayano, is an investigative reporter who worked in…

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  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★

    Words can't really describe how horrific this movie made me feel. You'd have to look at my face while watching it: mouth agape and eyes wide open in terror. What was going to happen next? Definitely had me on the edge of my seat, metaphorically of course.

    It was like a modern-day Sophie's Choice on acid, while also evoking the director's previous films: Dogtooth and The Lobster. Totally messed up, awkward, while having top talent involved. You'll be asking: "How…

  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★★

    The movie opens with footage from Gone with the Wind, then a faux-documentary starring Alec Baldwin, which is a disturbingly provocative parody of the white supremacist rhetoric some people spout (especially chilling is when he drops the word "superpredator" coined by the Clintons, sadly inferring that even Democrats are not blameless when we look at the history of harmful actions taken against African Americans).

    Anyway, that's just the beginning! Adam Driver and John David Washington are especially strong here. There's…