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  • House

    House

    ★★★★★

    I guarantee you have never seen anything like Nobuhiko Obayashi's House. Calling it a "horror" film doesn't do it justice. This ghost story from Toho (makers of Godzilla and Kurosawa films) is a kinetic, colorful, hyper-realized, tragicomic nightmare built from the fears of media-saturated post-post-war youth. It's confounding, jaw-dropping, insanely entertainingly, and a true work of pop art.

    Schoolgirl Gorgeous avoids a vacation with her father and her new stepmother by taking her six friends Kung Fu, Prof, Fantasy, Mac,…

  • Drag Me to Hell

    Drag Me to Hell

    ★★★★

    "Here, kitty, kitty."

    Don't you hate cheap scare tactics in horror movies? Jumps, gross-outs and the like? Me, too. Sam Raimi, on the other hand, seems to love them. But unlike 99% of other horror directors, he knows exactly what to do with them. Rather than occasionally use them to pander to the audience, he instead uses them by the truckload to construct a squirmy rollercoaster ride. He takes the elements so commonplace to the genre that it has become…

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  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★★★★

    This is one filthy movie. I know I'm far from the first person to notice this, but, boy, is it ever obvious today.

    An opening scene of planes copulating. Then we meet General Erection post-coitus. Ripper explains he is afraid of his fluids being taken from his body...and, we later learn, new ones entering it. Then we go to a War Room of sexual repression: An emasculated president twice named after references to female genitalia; a general still thinking of…

  • Looper

    Looper

    ★★★★

    A heady, steadily paced flick with traces of X-Men, Equilibrium and every decent time travel movie, Rian Johnson's (the overrated Brick, the underrated The Brothers Bloom) Looper is easily the smartest sci-fi since Moon. Yes, even better than the similarly time-travel themed Source Code. It's not particularly complex but clever where it counts - its time-travel premise is deceptively simple but fleshed out with neat elements like Gordon-Levitt and Willis' shared and evolving memories, the inventive and somberly human use…