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  • The Night Manager

    ★★★½

  • Hold the Dark

    ★★★

  • Society

    ★★★

  • Lightyear

    ★★★

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  • The White Disease

    The White Disease

    ★★★★½

    The White Disease is an incredible film that was fearless in its anti-war message and prescient in other ways as well. The film is based on a play by the eminent science fiction icon Karel Čapek (the creator of the word "robot"). The film was made the same year as the play, featuring most of the original cast in the same roles (including the film's director, Hugo Haas, as the star).

    The film opens with a populist leader of a…

  • Blood Bath

    Blood Bath

    ★★★½

    Watched as part of Hooptober 8.

    The story behind Blood Bath's production is ridiculously convoluted and almost as entertaining as actually watching a film all on its own.

    Back in 1963, Roger Corman decided to finance a Yugoslavian film by director Rados Novakovic. But, Corman being Corman, he wanted a finished product that he could still sell domestically, so he sent over American actor William Campbell and Irish actor Patrick Magee to star, and he sent Francis Ford Coppola to…

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  • The Night Manager

    The Night Manager

    ★★★½

    For some reason I had it in my head that this was directed by Susanna Thompson, who directed the quite disappointing John le Carré adaptation Our Kind of Traitor. But it was directed by Susanne Bier. My mistake! It's for the best, I think, as this is a much better le Carré adaptation.

    When the night manager of the elite Nefertiti Hotel in Cairo is asked to safeguard some documents by a beautiful woman entangled with a crime boss and…

  • Hold the Dark

    Hold the Dark

    ★★★

    A writer who studies wolves arrives in Alaska. He's been summoned there by a woman whose son was recently taken by the animals (the third such abduction in recent memory, she explains), and she wants him to hunt the animal responsible. He's skeptical, as that's not normal behavior, but he reluctantly sets out anyway. He should've trusted his instincts.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Jeremy Saulnier's prior thrillers, Blue Ruin and Green Room, and was hoping for something similar here. There's a...…

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    In Everything Everywhere All At Once, Michelle Yeoh plays Evelyn, the owner of a small (and not too successful) laundromat. Her marriage is in trouble, her disapproving father has just flown in, her daughter only calls when she needs something, and if all that weren't enough, she's being audited by the IRS. She's frustrated with her life and daydreams of success in other fields -- she wants to act, wants to sing, wants to teach, wants to write. At least,…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★½

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

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the second multiverse movie I've seen in theatres in 2022. I don't think this one gets nearly as crazily creative with the concept as the other, but it's still an entertaining film with a lot of ingenuity. And I am going to do my best not to unfairly compare the two films against one another, to judge them on their own merits.

    While many have complained that directors working within the Marvel…