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  • Samurai Rebellion

    Samurai Rebellion

    ★★★½

    Samurai Rebellion has a fascinating story, but I found Kobayashi's direction of it strangely flat and lacking the potent tension and emotion that I have come to expect from him, even in his misfires. Mifune, who is so reliably powerful in many of Akira Kurosawa's most celebrated movies, is so colorless in the lead role that I had to check halfway through to make sure it was actually him. Certainly, his performance here is wan by design, but up until…

  • I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    ★★★

    Nice little dark drama from Macon Blair, with fun performances by Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood, and plenty of neat and funny details. However, it's not very substantial, even though it has moments that hint at going a layer or two deeper. It's a semi-promising debut and decent late-night shlock.

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  • Krampus

    Krampus

    ★★★½

    After hearing and reading in review after review that Krampus was a fun '80s-ish horror romp not unlike Gremlins, I was not expecting something this unremittingly dark and bleak. Still, I far prefer Daugherty's eclectic and unnerving brand of visual creepiness to the canned horror of James Wan and Blumhouse, and Krampus serves up a quality parade of Christmassy ghoulishness. It just isn't an experience you're likely to be smiling about afterward, and at several points I questioned my choice to invite my 12-year-old daughter to watch it with me. And she's been watching Gremlins since she was six.

  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★

    I simply didn't care. Great acting, particularly by Ed Norton and Emma Stone. Early on Stone's character lets loose with an eviscerating speech that summed up my feelings exactly. Then it kept going for over an hour.