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  • Three Identical Strangers

    Three Identical Strangers

    ★★★½

    I can’t think of the last time I audibly gasped during a documentary.

    Read as little as possible about this film. Then see it.

  • Unfriended: Dark Web

    Unfriended: Dark Web

    ★★½

    GAME NIGHT

    Cinematic universes are all the rage these days, despite the fact that Marvel is the only studio that has truly cracked how to successfully translate the daunting challenges of such long-term pop storytelling into box-office billions (and modest critical acclaim). The impulse has even filtered down into sub-blockbuster genres like horror, as exemplified by New Line Cinema’s dubious 'Conjuring' series, which now comprises four feature films and counting. It’s easy to see how the built-in audience of a…

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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

    MOMMY DEAREST

    Every cinematic experience is inherently subjective, but the horror genre presents a particularly vivid illustration of just how personal responses to films can be. Fear is a primeval emotion – perhaps *the* primeval emotion – and as such it’s tremendously challenging to parse exactly why a feature might elicit shrieks of terror from one viewer and an indifferent shrug from another. A critic can describe whether a horror picture “works” from a storytelling standpoint, or why the elements…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    Hey, look. Someone made a vastly superior PROMETHEUS / ALIEN: COVENANT and it's ironically a sequel to a completely different Ridley Scott sci-fi film.

    Review on Friday.