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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★

    An all around strong horror film that speaks to very basic fears to heightened effect most of all thanks to Toni Collette's immense performance. Beyond that you get the strong unraveling of what's going on and the hopelessness to fix it, which is built upon precise writing and pacing. I can see them daring to make a sequel, but it could never amount to the reveal of the unknown behind this story. It only works because the audience is kept well in the dark until the third act or even the final scene.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★½

    Ethan Hawke is terrific. The writing gives him great room to perform. Even the stylistic flourishes work and speak to this poor man who cant seem to find the equilibrium between hope and dispair. I didn't expect Schrader to still have so much in him. It's a soulful film.

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    If there is one standout factor that raises Blade Runner 2049 above its predecessor is how well attuned it is to the Philip K. Dick novel that inspired it, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Indeed, the sequel to Blade Runner is better than the original. Not only does it bring humanism to the fore, thematically, it does so with a visual grandeur that spreads out the world of the first film. Harrison Ford, the original blade runner, a contractor…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★

    Two years ago, I wrote about the expectations I had for J.J. Abrams taking the helm of the new Star Wars movie (Film Review: ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ proves J.J. Abrams a better director than George Lucas). With a little weird sense of doubt, I think he has delivered.

    Regardless of what is written here, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to break all the records that pundits have been predicting. There are too many generations of Star Wars…