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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★★

    Combines the dysfunctional family drama and conspiracy horror genres so perfectly and precisely that you'll wonder how you've never seen more parallels between them before. Even as the horror ramped up rapidly in the second half, the dysfunction would reappear out of nowhere to provide a moment even more unsettling than the disturbing imagery. Though often surreal and shocking, it is grounded so firmly in its characters that you're bound to closely identify with someone or something in it, making…

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★

    Imagine it's 1983, and a cokehead takes 2 hours to explain the depressing story behind his van mural. That is the experience of watching this movie.

    So slow and pretentious that the title card appears one hour and 15 minutes into it.

    Visual invention to spare, but there's about 20 minutes of plot in a 2 hour movie. Endless sequences of stifling dread are later interrupted by low comedy, such as the now internet-famous Cheddar Goblin commercial or any of…

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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…