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  • Ace in the Hole
  • The Cremator
  • Sidewalk Stories
  • Memories of Murder

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  • Pig

    ★★★½

  • The Spanish Prisoner

    ★★

  • The Times of Harvey Milk

    ★★★★

  • Vivarium

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  • F*&% the Prom

    F*&% the Prom

    ★★★★★

    If The Kissing Booth is a film that's ridiculously awful but still so entertaining in spite of itself, this is the reverse. This is the nadir. This is the movie that's physically painful to watch. If you thought A Serbian Film was a lot, you haven't seen this.

    This is directed by the Fine Brothers, the assholes who got famous creating those Youtube videos about people reacting to other people's content, and got into that huge public flameout for trying…

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  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★½

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

    At least once a year, a movie arrives with a premise that sounds so dumb at first glance that it couldn't possibly be good. That premise for this year was "John Wick with a pig" and everyone I know just laughed that one right out of their minds. Naturally, that movie would end up being one of the best of the year and you'd deeply regret ever having doubted it for a second.

    It's not, of course, exactly like John…

  • The Spanish Prisoner

    The Spanish Prisoner

    ★★

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

    David Mamet is one of those writers where you have a chance of liking him if someone else adapts him, but almost none if the man himself is adapting his own work. Mamet very much is to the 20th century what someone like Aaron Sorkin is to the 21st: both have at least one truly great work adapted by a better artist (Glengarry Glen Ross and The Untouchables for Mamet, The Social Network for Sorkin), and all the rest just…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★

    This is a direct prequel to Batman Vs Superman. Or not. The way that this is both a direct prequel and also not sums up the way this one tries to have its cake and eat it too at every opportunity. On the one hand, it segues directly into the opening of Zack Snyder's libertarian opus. Then it abruptly decides to steal the ending of the infinitely worse Mr. Nobody and posit that Arthur Fleck has made the entire thing…

  • Audrie & Daisy

    Audrie & Daisy

    ★★★

    Two things worth noting:

    1. Hearing rapists talk about their crimes as casually as you'd talk about your weekend is genuinely chilling.

    2. Why the hell are the rapists' identities hidden and the victims are not? Was there some legal thing involved with that? Is it just one more way to show how pervasive rape culture is in this country? Did they have a choice?

    Regardless, it's a look at American rape culture, especially as it pertains to high school…