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  • Mother!

    Mother!

    ★★★½

    "Are you fucking kidding me?!" - Rachel Weisz, probably

    "Are you fucking kidding me?!" - St. Paul, definitely

    The only Biblical adaptation to make the New Testament seem bloodier than the Old Testament. Lawrence holds the whole thing together, even when it's torn itself asunder several times over.

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    R.I.P. Tobe Hooper. Thanks for the nightmares.

    Still the purest horror film experience imaginable. Robert Burns' production and Daniel Pearl's grit-dusted lensing creates a world of stinking grue, splintered bone and rusting metal, while Hooper keeps the camera shockingly, terrifyingly nimble.

    The hitchhiker.
    The dolly under the swing.
    The first sight of Leatherface (The ultimate boogeyman. No grace, no talk, only death).
    Allen Danzinger's scream.
    Franklin's demise.
    The close-ups on Marilyn Burns' face at the dinner table.
    Burns' joyous horror in the pickup truck.

    The greatest horror film yet made.

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  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    Say what one might about the characters in the original Jurassic Park, but one thing they weren't was stupid. Jurassic World, on the other hand...

    It doesn't so much milk the nostalgic teat as kill the nostalgic cow, peel off the nostalgic cow hide and parade around in it, bellowing "Look how much I look like the original film, but with a difference!" and then winks.

    Its CGI is retrograde, as are its gender politics. One reason you shouldn't mistake…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★½

    Man's reach exceeds his grasp. So does Nolan's.

    Full review: www.scannain.com/movie/interstellar