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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    Are you washed?

    Paul Schrader's Diary of a Country Priest. An absolutely harrowing examination of how outside secular influences can affect even the most stalwart in the faith. Slowly but surely, Ethan Hawke's brilliant portrayal of Reverend Toller, a Protestant preacher, conveys a sense of dread that becomes more and more apparent, as he completely unravels before us and the very foundations of his faith are brought into question. Schrader's Bressonian influences are ever-apparent: he employs a strict 1.37:1 Academy…

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★★★

    A wolf in sheep's clothing, drenched in all black, has invaded the house of God. He comes singing praises and spouting faux doctrines, claiming to be a benevolent man of the cloth; but instead his intentions are malevolent, only seeking riches by benefiting from the desperate and needy. His multiple coats of false kindness and exaggerated Christian brotherly love ensnare his victims into a horrific plot of money and murder, all supposedly at the behest of the Lord Almighty. When…

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  • American Animals

    American Animals

    You know your movie’s bad when you have to get MoviePass to distribute it. The “unlimited movie tickets” giant has released two films thus far, and given the reception of their most recent release Gotti, it may be safe to say that there’s a good reason no other company would touch these two films for release. American Animals had a lot going for it with its true (or not true?) story that almost seems too outrageous to have actually happened.…

  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★★★½

    Among all the Pixar properties thus far, Brad Bird's The Incredibles was undoubtedly the ripest one for a sequel. So why did we have to go through an entire trilogy of Cars films to get this? We may never know the answer to that question, but here we are, nearly fifteen years too late and Bird has proven to be just as versatile with his superhero commentary now as he was then. The superhero genre has radically changed in the…

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

    Whenever I think about getting back together with my ex, I watch this film. Works like a charm every time.

  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★★★★★

    What kind of world do we live in where Christopher Nolan is hailed as one of the most original and visionary directors of the 21st century and Terrence Malick is labeled a boring hack who doesn't know how to make a great film? I mean, I really like some Nolan films, but Inception is just a live action Paprika and Interstellar is a 2001 homage with (to me) terribly written dialogue. Now again, I'm not saying his films are bad…