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  • Host

    Host

    I guess “Zoom seance” (which really takes the cake for dumbass horror protagonist ideas) was an inevitable desktop horror premise, quarantine or not. There are some fun tricks here including a nifty bit with a selfie stick, but it doesn’t innovate much beyond the Unfriendeds; still, I’m a sucker for this kind of thing and it’s <60m

  • Resident Evil: Retribution

    Resident Evil: Retribution

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  • The Assistant

    The Assistant

    For Your Consideration: Outstanding Production Design, in a film that is in its way about production design. Serves as a subtle rebuke to the symmetric, #OnePerfectShot trend in horror films (cf. Ari Aster, Robert Eggers, no offense) by walking through a day in the life of an assistant who must compose every detail of her boss's life just so; this is not to say, however, that everything must have a clean and spotless appearance. Jane tells the HR rep (Matthew…

  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

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

    The final movement of this film pares the cast down to two characters, the black man played by Tory Kittles, and the white cop played by Mel Gibson. As they square off, two opposite and apposite figures on a desolate, bloodstained field of battle, one might recall apocalyptic images from other films: the ending of Carpenter's The Thing, or the rueful climax of The Hateful Eight. Those films reached troubling images of dis/unity in the aftermath of violence, perhaps in…