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  • Morbius

    ★½

  • You Won't Be Alone

    ★★★★

  • The Lost City

    ★★

  • The Adam Project

    ★★★½

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  • Morbius

    Morbius

    The Social Network, The Prestige, and even Marvel’s own Captain America: Civil War are just a few films mining the “best friends become enemies” trope. Complex emotions are supposed to run deep in these melodramas, but when it’s used as a plot outline instead of the story, it loses its bite. That’s the core conceit of Morbius: we know where it’s been, where it’s going, and there’s zero emotional impact when we get there without a hint of a denouement.…

  • You Won't Be Alone

    You Won't Be Alone

    ★★★★

    While inviting comparison to newer folklore films like The VVitch and Lamb, Alone eerily invokes the trappings of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” — shape-changing and witches and lost voices, oh my! Each life taken and experienced follows similar beats of awkwardness and interest, each culminating in Witch Maria reappearing to chide Nevena over her failures. The episodes build toward a payoff and coming-of-age revelation, enduring a sort of reincarnation until each lesson is learned. It may be pure…

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  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    While the three previous films centered around Monarch and their Titans showing lots of good stuff diluted with confusing sci-fi and forgettable character fluff, Godzilla vs. Kong has honed the formula between holding viewer attention and essential foreshadowing before delivering everything promised. There are still huge leaps of faith along the way — travel times between global fighting locations fails to suspend disbelief — but the tradeoff is an experience brimming with some of the best visuals and sound ever produced for a big screen disaster flick. This brawl begs to be seen on the biggest screen possible coupled with an ear-bleeding surround-sound system.

  • Spiral

    Spiral

    ★★★½

    Chris Rock as writer, producer, and star is surprisingly effective… mostly in that order. The main character sounds, well, like comedian Chris Rock, which initially works against the film; casting an unknown lead might have served the concept better. Fortunately, the story is largely linear, straightforward, and makes sense once all the reveals drop — happily without those overused time-shift twists from other sequels — and Rock manages to step up his performance as Zeke’s world begins to spin out…