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  • Monsters University

    Monsters University

    ★★

    I'd never seen this movie before, but I'd actually seen it about 83 times, if you get my meaning. Not terrible but sullies the incredibly good name of the original.

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★½

    Garland's style remains his drawcard. Everything he's been involved in has offered stellar cinematography, effects, music, and sound; ANNIHILATION is no different. He's an ideas man, though, obsessed with peering into and losing himself in various theoretical abysses. The characters disappear with him, as does the viewer. I think he needs someone to punch up his characters, give them more to chew on, make them more believable. The exception is Oscar Isaac in EX MACHINA, one of the better performances…

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  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★½

    Ben Foster as a PTSD-stricken veteran named Will means this could easily be a sequel to THE MESSENGER, though this is a more silent and meditative film. I very much like that there is no antagonistic force other than the demons in Will's head and the indifference of nature: a particularly cold night, a loose branch. Every person or animal that Will and Tom come into contact with tries to help them, from Social Services to a God-fearing businessmen to…

  • Meek's Cutoff

    Meek's Cutoff

    ★★★★½

    Kelly Reichardt, cinema's foremost chronicler of the tedious, strikes more gold in the Old West. A sparse, beautiful film of few words and faintest hope. Michelle Williams' face is as hypnotic and unyielding as the parched Oregon landscape.