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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★

    (Mild spoilers ahead, but there's not much enjoyment to ruin with this movie anyway.)

    Some clever ideas and a few well-executed visual effects notwithstanding, this movie is genuinely dumb. While its 1982 predecessor scared the viewers with perfectly timed tension building, slow buildups, and prolonged shots of practical gore, this movie quickly veers into jump-scare territory.

    One of the inherited props from the 1982 version is the big block of ice that once gave home to the Thing. It is…

  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ★★★★★

    This was way better than I expected it to be, and my expectations were already high. I cried through almost all of the two hours and forty minutes of it, just because of the overwhelming feeling of being able to watch Hamilton finally, experience such amount of talent, and to experience it in such great quality. Hamilton is, in fact, very well directed. The camerawork is on point, employing close-ups and totals wherever needed to emphasize the actors' work and…

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  • On Body and Soul

    On Body and Soul

    ★★★★★

    What a beauty. Between this and Moonlight, I'm so glad we had two low-key stories about love that tell more with faces and expressions than with words. Borbély Alexandra and Morcsányi Géza are both fantastic. Borbély has a lot of responsibility in playing a character who's struggling with self-expression, and the small moments in which she slips up and lets an emotion flit across her face are incredibly powerful. I generally haven't had issues with the acting in Hungarian movies…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★½

    After mother! we got another movie that's chock-full of Biblical metaphors, but this time the metaphors are not the point, they're just a vessel. Yorgos Lanthimos mashes up the Biblical God with the gods of Greek myths to convey a story about how a toxic domestic atmosphere of lies and deceit can ruin a family.

    It's no surprise that Martin, the kid with godlike powers played by Barry Keoghan, loves Groundhog Day, a movie about an unexplained karmic power that…