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  • Creep 2

    Creep 2

    ★★★

    Much more content to marinate in the mood, and building on the successes of the first while taking a more refreshing subversive approach, it's stronger in just about every way. The most clear comparison would be something like SCREAM 2, and much like any sequalized horror it'll be interesting to see how the wheels continue to spin.

  • Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    ★★

    Technically the official start of Cannes catch up 2k18, I guess.

    Have not read the original book, but this version seems to be 'the dystopian film for these dystopian times' in ways that are very on the nose. And Bahrani handles that well enough, though it's a bit discouraging to see him once again take a step back after 99 HOMES saw him returning to form (I say with AT ANY PRICE being the only hole in my Bahrani viewing,…

  • Creep

    Creep

    ★★½

    Fun, quick found footage and another nice showcase for Duplass. Makes use of jump scares that it really doesn't need since tension builds naturally through the central conceit and the way information is revealed, but that's really only a minor blemish that occasionally undercuts the other successes.

  • The Endless

    The Endless

    ★★★

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

    Marking for spoilers though there's not really one, though I guess the allusion tips the hand a little.

    It uses its premise to have a more intimate conversation about family, and makes me regret not giving this higher priority back during PFF last year. I think there's a larger conversation about the cinematic community at large and a desire to have another PRIMER that might be worth exploring, but is little more than a stray thought. The scares here are…

  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★½

    Seeing the kid who played Ricky in Hunt For The Wilderpeople and some Wick-isms (as well as a reminder that I should probably at least check out Atomic Blonde) cannot keep my thoughts on the original still being apt here, so I'll just copy and paste:

    The cinematic equivalent of spending an afternoon with a loud fourteen year old bronie inside of a Hot Topic.

  • Bo Burnham: Make Happy

    Bo Burnham: Make Happy

    ★★

    Probably more a proponent of the writer than the performer, I guess.

  • Tully

    Tully

    ★★★½

    Going to be interesting seeing the reactions to this once more people start watching, as it makes a very big choice that I imagine will end up being pretty divisive, but even that aside (though I fall on the side that it strengthens what the film is about) there's so much about the character study going on here to leave one floored. Theron is, just as she was in YOUNG ADULT, a force, and Cody's writing is just as sharp…

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★

    Tackles a point in time that doesn't see a ton of things being made about, especially not for older audiences, and it's in that willingness to dive in to the grossest of times that it can let its empathy and positive outlook spring forth. It's not afraid to shy away from scenes that should be, and are, very uncomfortable and difficult to watch, but it's that commitment to the material that makes it all so fascinating and honest.

  • Close-Knit

    Close-Knit

    ★★★

    I’m woefully underexposed to live action Japanese cinema, though what I have seen are marked by an understanding and exploration of relationships and family dynamics, and this does a remarkably good job of focusing on gender and sexuality with genuine compassion and understanding.

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★

    Been far too long since Winter's Bone, and probably too long since I've watched it, especially with the Jennifer Lawrence catapult it provided and the obvious comparisons to be drawn to the stunning turn that McKenzie gives as Tom, she really brings weight to some very understated moments and it'll be interesting to see where her career goes from here because damn does it seem that she has heaps of talent. Granik hasn't lost a step between narrative films, succeeding…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★½

    Baffling that they would decide to cut "Part 1" from the end of this title, didn't realize that had happened going in, and feel like it's (despite being an obvious marketing thing, I suppose) a bit disingenuous. Most impressive thing is how Hemsworth can make even the worst characters good when placed alongside Thor; Bautista is wasted in the GotG films.

  • Lean on Pete

    Lean on Pete

    ★★★

    It's easy to look at the concept here and imagine it would be generic, I know I did even if knowing Haigh was attached and that A24 were distributing gave cause for hope, but that's where a hand like Haigh is so important. He has such an understanding of connection, loneliness, and struggle that brings a weight and genuine sense of emotion to everything that, even when it can feel manipulative, feels authentic. It does not shy away from actual struggle, from actual pathos, and it's very strong.