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  • Manhattan Baby

    Manhattan Baby

    ★★½

    Far from Fulci's best. The Egyptian trappings tricked me into thinking I was going to be watching a mummy film, but then the movie segued in quick succession into Poltergeist, Rosemary's Baby, and finally The Exorcist. All with Fulci's signature loving attention to gross bodily fluids. There is one tremendously effective scene, though, where a skeptical interloper disappears, only for the camera to pick out his body resting in a distant Egyptian desert.

  • The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

    The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

    ★★★★

    Always magnificent.

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  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    Maudlin in its first half, gore porn in its second, the only good part of this film was the ludicrously silly court martial segment which my wife and I had to pause because we were laughing so hard. Fascinating real life story, but this movie is utter garbage.

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★

    Absolutely terrific, like last year's similarly outstanding Riot in Cell Block 99 a throwback to the gritty, politically-tinged thrillers of the 1970s. The editing and sound design were truly exceptional, creating a dreamlike atmosphere that plays as a fascinating counterpoint to Joaquin Phoenix's gross physicality. For now, my favorite new film of 2018.