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  • Knock at the Cabin

    ★★★½

  • Knock at the Cabin

    ★★★½

  • The 13th Warrior

    ★★★★½

  • Fortress

    ★★★½

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  • Knock at the Cabin

    Knock at the Cabin

    ★★★½

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

    NOTE: I don't know how effectively Letterboxd spoils reviews as they appear on feeds, so consider this an additional warning-- this post goes INTO GREAT DETAIL about the film's closing act.

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    M. Night Shyamalan's first film was "Praying With Anger," and he's always been devout, in some way, in all his films-- even if at times the devotion seemed more about his self-importance than his place in the world (i.e. when he played an important writer in "The Lady…

  • Knock at the Cabin

    Knock at the Cabin

    ★★★½

    REVIEW:
    I will post this review and then a spoiler review because I have A LOT OF THOUGHTS and you're GONNA HEAR 'EM (read this in Jerry Stiller's voice). Anyway, the spoiler-free review is that this is shot through with dread, filmed with skill, fumbles the ball in the final 15 (not in the classic Shyamalan way, but in a less common Shyamalan way), Bautista was born to be a movie star, cool to have a gay couple as the…

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  • Skinamarink

    Skinamarink

    ★★½

    I dig the idea here— sort of a backrooms horror by way of Michael Snow’s “Wavelength,” with a touch of that “Lake Mungo” aesthetic, where digital noise turns the concrete into the abstract— but this feels like a 25-30 minute premise. A hundred minutes reveals that a dispiriting number of these scenes and shots are completely interchangeable, and the rare shrieky jump scares come off like a filmmaker worried that the audience might be falling asleep.

  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★½

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

    Better than I thought it was the first time, and I really dug it the first time. Maybe Peele's best? Keke Palmer Akira slide, deep-sea Evangelion alien-whale, Steven Yuen's perfect depiction of emotional repression and disassociation, holistic development of the "rules." Motorcycle helmet replicating the mirror-globe. It attacks the balloon at the end because Inflatable Jupe is looking at it without blinking! Hoytema's use of medium wides. Kaluuya/Palmer play better as leads on a second go-round. Her righteous whooping at…