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  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★

    The dressing around this, strong performances from the core cast, the Martinez score that does echo his work with Winding Refn, and the hand crafted miniature sets that cut in to actual live action are nice visual flourishes that elevate it above a standard studio comedy.

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★½

    Sort of like THE HAPPENING if THE HAPPENING took itself serious. It's not the same thrill that EX MACHINA was, though the premise here is a bit more complex and the way it engages with its themes occasionally give way too often to the action and reveling in the visual splendor, which, to be fair, is beautiful, and all the women that make up the central cast give compelling performances, but if it buckled down and did speak more to…

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  • The Post

    The Post

    ½

    Toothless, bland, dull, heavy handed without actually having much to say. Just Spielberg being Spielberg.

  • Son of Saul

    Son of Saul

    ★★

    Still wrestling with parts of this, but my biggest hurdle is distinguishing how much I admire it and how much I actually like what the film is doing or the ideas at which it probes. The first portion I can answer pretty confidently, the visual style serving to accentuate the experience and give the viewer a closeness to Saul and his thought process, while also kind of carrying us through the film, the second portion I'm less sure about. The…