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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★½

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

    There's potentially an interesting, incisive horror movie — a powerful metaphor for trauma, if nothing else — to be made about Michael Myers returning after 40 years to track down and terrorize Laurie Strode. It seems less likely that there's much artistic return on yet another creative investment in a Halloween knock-off where the masked Shape cuts his way through another group of hormone-addled Midwestern teenagers, but I'm open to the idea. What's not going to work is an attempt…

  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man

    ★★★★

    Basically just delightful.

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  • Neighbors

    Neighbors

    ★★★

    At 44, I sometimes feel like I've been growing up for decades while popular culture has been standing still. Radio stations I hear in grocery stores and coffee shops play the same songs that were popular when I was in high school. The comic books and fantasy novels that I read in the 1970s and 1980s (or their derivatives) have become the blockbuster TV and film franchises of the 2010s. Saturday Night Live has been on the air, in sickness…

  • Side Effects

    Side Effects

    ★★★

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

    Soderbergh is as Soderbergh does, and his putative farewell performance at the helm of a studio feature film is the usual tasteful Soderbergh fare, finely directed, with a slightly jazzy achronology to it and its almost pastel color schemes smelling lightly of perfume. For all that, the Manhattan doctor-and-patient tale that unspools here feels overly familiar, but Side Effects makes a case for its existence early on by slyly painting itself as a satire on pharmacological culture. Emily (Rooney Mara),…