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  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★★★

    The Year is 2018: Ranked and Reviewed

    I went into Widows expecting another powerhouse piece from Steve McQueen. When I left the theater I walked out unsteady and completely floored — particularly in awe at the different set of emotions that overwhelmed me throughout the entirety of the film. This isn't just a "heist" movie; Widows explores grief, loss, hope and heartache amidst an almost chaotic and present time — a moment in time where it couldn't have appeared any…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★

    The Year is 2018: Ranked and Reviewed

    A forty year old mask, pale and tattered and engulfed by an evil presence with the blackest of eyes; the devil's eyes. The Shape looming in the shadows on the night of October 31st — his outfit melded into the crowd of cloaked children in the neighborhood of Haddonfield. Vengeance, madness, or nature; The Shape returns with murder on his mind, and the strange warmth of blood on his hands. It's his night;…

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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    The Year is 2018: Ranked and Reviewed

    Jealous and devious looks—a cunning attack from both sides of this war, and in the case of The Favourite, between a fresh servant and a lady of the Queen. This is quite the ensemble of masterful performances and sharp characters, head to toe in lavish 18th century getup and presenting some of the most shrewd dialogue of the year. Each character has multiple moments that stand them out from others, most notably Olivia…

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★

    The Year is 2018: Ranked and Reviewed

    A slow but ultimately striking portrayal of a man's burden—one that's feasted on him for a long time—the downpour of sour memories that flood his mind and infiltrate the screen as we try to piece together his seemingly bad trauma. It's caught up on Joe, greatly played by Joaquin Phoenix, a hired gun who makes his living rescuing missing girls. Surprisingly, You Were Never Really Here reaches some pretty surreal and symbolic territory,…

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    The Year is 2017: Ranked and Reviewed

    The wettest kind of consciousness, percolating memories that flood with no specific significance, nor cascade with the true essence of meaning—they sit, stir, and rattle the brain with all of its attempts at explanation. Beckoning an existential gaze that beautifies the believers and the heroes—surrounded in a stream of fake electronic components and fake matter. To these wanderers, life is fenced in and forgotten, intact with their provisions and protocol—this is the future,…

  • The Void

    The Void

    ★★

    A vessel of John Carpenter gloss and shock. The Fog meets Assault on Precinct 13 meets The Thing, fizzling in a flimsy array of Carpenter claustrophobia. Cults, cloaks, and crosses (not to mention triangles); an illuminati-astronomical parasite honing to a drained abyss. Emergency-red brightness cascading on victims and heroes, drowning in an dissolute echo of dread. An urge to fight, run, and creep. A shitstorm of a night for the characters and the audience. A hell-bent creation of freaks and…