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  • The Witch

    ★★★★

  • Dune

    ★★★★

  • Under the Shadow

    ★★★★½

  • Drag Me to Hell

    ★★★★

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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★

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

    You know what this is actually kind of like? The Emigrants. You've got immigration, you've got failing crops, you've got a super-cramped living space where people are just freaking out from the tension of poverty, and then a bunch of difficult-to-explain deaths. But The Emigrants is a historical drama and this has Satan in it.

    I'm going to check the spoilers box since I spoiled the appearance of Satan very near the end. But gosh that better not be a…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    I was the last David Lynch fan to see his Dune, and I just found out about Jodorowsky's Dune about two months ago, so I was intrigued to catch this on release. It sort of feels like the first new movie in two years, though I know that isn't true. (I guess we also got The War with Grandpa.)

    Lynch's Dune sort of famously Has Problems, in that it crams about four hours of exposition into two hours, and then…

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  • Better Off Dead...

    Better Off Dead...

    ★★★

    My wife told me this was a classic, but then confessed that she "probably hadn't seen it all the way through" which is annoying because she's been saying "I want my two dollars" to me for 22 years.

    This is a pretty insubstantial teen comedy, fairly gentle compared to other genre films. John Cusack is plenty cute and charming, and his romantic interest steals a few scenes, but everyone else ranges from "unpleasant" to "abhorrent" and so it's unfortunate that…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★½

    This, for me, was a frustrating lesson in admiring a film without really liking it. There are some hugely fascinating ideas in the movie, but they don't do nearly enough to offset how bored and insulted I felt during the rest of the runtime. There are, likewise, a couple of really dazzling setpieces, but I had difficulty reconciling that with some other awfully cheap-looking aesthetic touches. This film is going for something really ambitious, but the end result is sort…