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  • It

    It

    ★★★½

    It's a shame that the horror sequences of the film are its (It's?) weakest link. Pennywise and his stutter-step attack is over used and when the film devolves into a final assault, I started to lose interest.

    But otherwise this is prestige horror: a compelling drama, handsomely shot and with a winning cast of young actors. I found the camaraderie between the group believable enough to sell the central horror.

    And that central horror, which the film conveys despite my…

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    ★★★

    I enjoyed this slightly more than the first one, to the point that I managed to have some fun with it.

    Julian Moore > Samuel L. Jackson as a villain in this series.

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    Carpenter's film is such a wonderful science fiction horror, building the suspense to a perfect ending. The setting is sublime in its isolation. The creature effects remain deeply disturbing and uncanny. I can't think of another film that captures Lovecraftian horror as well. A truly great film that stands up to repeat viewings.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★½

    This wonderful film is the closest Wes Anderson has come to making an epic. Part-The Rules of the Game and part-The Great Dictator, it's a paean to the gentile Old World of Anderson's imagination, yet notes the impossibility of the dream and the contributions of diversity and immigrants. Ralph Fiennes' M. Gustav is a remarkable creation and one of the most well-realized comic characters in recent cinema.