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  • Premature



    Only a month ago that I saw this and I couldn't tell you much about how it ended. So there's limits on how memorable an experience it will give you, in terms of plot, but as a movie with vivid characters and a strong atmosphere this one is aces. It's all about Zora Howard, a talented young playwright who is also an incredibly powerful performer — she co-wrote the movie with director Rashaad Ernesto Greene and also plays Ayanna, the…

  • The Inhabitant

    The Inhabitant


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

    Scary Movies XI.

    Very deliberately putting this review behind the spoiler veil.

    There are potential triggers in this movie that viewers would ideally be aware of beforehand; unfortunately, to forewarn the viewer is also to spoil the movie. Christian theology and Roman Catholic iconography are a big part of the movie's second half; there are also onscreen (though brief, and not especially graphic) depictions of sexual assault against children. And of course sexual assault with overtones of spiritual abuse (where…

Recent reviews

  • Hypochondriac



    I can understand those who question the categorization of the movie as horror. The strongest dimension of it is the "indie drama" side, not the creepy-crawly side. But it's a movie about a breakdown which is frequently horrific and continually teeters on the brink of something even more horrific.

    Its weakness is a sluggish pace, which is related to its strength, which is its willingness to give its hero an irregular and erratic path into madness — it feels authentic.…

  • Antlers



    When Jesse Plemons showed up, my son and I were both like "Yay, it's that guy." We loved him in Game Night and I've Been Thinking About Ending Things. But his appearance in Antlers is utterly in vain. In general, a strong cast struggles with a void at the heart of the story in Antlers.

    There's a love of misery in this film (family trauma, economic trauma) that feels shallow and ironically does a lot of damage to its sense…

Popular reviews

  • Collateral



    Subgenres of the thriller genre:

    1. the thriller as art film, where the artist cannot stoop to actually thrilling his audience

    2. the thriller as philosophical rubbernecking, where we are invited to meditate upon the nature of evil — as severed heads roll our way

    3. the thriller as pastiche of esoteric pop-culture references

    4. the redundant thriller, either a remake of a good thriller or adaptation of a good novel, or both

    My highest praise of Collateral is that…

  • No Reservations

    No Reservations

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

    It's probably a mediocre movie in the final analysis, but it contains one scene that is priceless to me, and part of its immeasurable worth, for me, is that it provides a kind of iconography for the notion of a masculinity that's healthy and potentially healing.

    Aaron Eckhart plays a man who is really good at what he does but has retained all the spontaneity and even goofiness of a boy. He doesn’t fade into the scenery and he projects…