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  • Girl

    Girl

    ★★★½

    Despite the bad reviews I’ve seen of this so far, I don’t share in that sentiment. This is more than a 1 or 2 star film. While not a 4 or 5 star work of cinema, this moody thriller really surprised me. I did not expect much from Bella Thorne’s performance, but she honestly surprised me here in her delivery of a revenge-seeking daughter whose whole world is upended as lie after lie is exposed and the truth comes out.…

  • (You'll Make It In) Florida

    (You'll Make It In) Florida

    ★½

    FANTASTIC FEST 2020

    I’m not entirely sure what this short was trying to be. On the one hand, for most of its run time it felt like a giant add for visiting Florida, with a veneer of inauthenticity over it. And yet, it makes a shift to talking about how easy living isn’t so easy and workaholism.

    This one just seemed to be kind of a mess with no real direction or clear identity.

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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★★

    Holy crap.

    HEREDITARY takes the horror of trauma and unrelenting grief and scares the shit out of you with it. It comes face-to-face with the human experience and reminds you how terrifying and crippling it truly is.

    But...

    It does so through the narrative of possession and ritual sacrifice. And the ending will leave you viscerally upset and numb. Some of the most terrifying last 20 minutes of a film I’ve seen in quite some time. Spectacular use of silence,…

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★½

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

    This film is slow, intimate, and powerful. Dialogue is sparce, mostly picking up in the second half of the film, but this scarcity of words further adds to the emotional punch this movie gives. It does not pretend to be happy. In fact, as you might expect a movie to be on time, grief, and loss, it is depressing. 

    Unlike THE BABADOOK, who ended its meditation on grief and loss with a glimmer of hope, seemingly leaving us with the…