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  • Suburbicon

    Suburbicon

    ★★

    The inept fusion of two puzzlingly unrelated plots ultimately subverts their attempted thematic reflections and poorly conceived dark humor. -

  • The Ritual

    The Ritual

    ★★★½

    This absorbing blend of horror intangibles makes superb use of design and setting to build tension without managing to be truly terrifying. -

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  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

    I received a blu-ray Hitchcock set for Christmas I'd asked for primarily because I wished to own this film on the format. And I was once again swept away by its subtle, and not-so-subtle charms.

    The maze that is the film's entire first act is a sort of ponderous, leisurely game whose rules hypnotically obsess a man who desperately wishes to be useful and to be a good guy. All the while, the bows of Hermann's string score seem to…

  • Transformers

    Transformers

    ★★★★

    When I went to Los Angeles for Temple University's Film & Media Arts internship program, I don't recall being possessed with the notion that I'd sniff at the riches or fame of show business. I would certainly not attain either. Realistically, I hoped to make my own infinitesimal contribution, gain some experience, and graduate, but on June 27th 2007, the glitz and glamour would waft my way regardless: I would get my first brush with the Hollywood elite at the Los…