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  • The Babysitter

    The Babysitter

    ★★½

    A pretty solid horror-comedy script almost completely botched by McG's usual hackneyed, tone-deaf direction. Lead kid is miscast. Only Weaving and Marino seem to know what kind of movie they're in. At the very least it's marginally more entertaining than the similar Better Watch Out.

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★★

    I usually regret using the "m" word on movies I've only just seen, but fuck it... this is a masterpiece.

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★

    How I imagine the producers pitched this to Villeneuve:

    VILLENEUVE: I dunno, this seems sort of hopeful and uplifting. I prefer dark stories about serial killers and drug runners. I don't really see why you came to me, to be honest.

    PRODUCERS: Did we mention there's a giant spider creature thing?

    VILLENEUVE: I'M IN.

    (This joke for the thirty people who saw ENEMY).

  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★★

    I used to respect Jarmusch more than I loved him, but with this and ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE he's tapped into something potent, a sort of wise, middle-aged artist's humanism that I find devastatingly lovely.