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  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★½

  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    ★★★★½

  • Decision to Leave

    ★★★★★

  • Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★

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  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★½

    Last time I watched the first Knives Out was in a hospital hopped up on pain meds so it's kinda just a fever dream to me now.

    This feels like a much, much different film, owed in part to a setting that almost couldn't be more distinct from Knives Out's: The two settings represent two diametrically opposed displays of opulence, one taking place in a cozy old-money mansion and the other taking place in a visually cold and gross tech-bro-vomit…

  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    ★★★★½

    Guillermo del Toro successfully makes his fairy tale fascinations accessible to a younger audience than ever, without really losing the complexity expected by admirers of his past work. There's a dash of general anti-war sentiment and disobedience in the face of fascism, a bit of rumination on the price of immortality, some "what makes someone human" talk, and, as jumbled as it can feel at times, none of that gets in the way of the necessary dominant undercurrent of grief…

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  • Fear Street: 1994

    Fear Street: 1994

    ★★½

    Solid, fairly grisly horror fare. Somewhat self-contained but very much an obligatory trilogy-starter, it won't offer all that much closure on its own, and it's almost to the point where it seems silly to talk about it as if it's its own film. It goes through all the beats of a basic slasher, just with some interesting lore thrown in that points to the next entries being very promising. I'm not sure how I feel about the film's cast as…

  • Fear Street: 1666

    Fear Street: 1666

    ★★★½

    This is a film that is really two, with separate title card drops and everything. The first half is legitimately fantastic, bringing tension and suspense that was missing from the previous entries of this series, and a story that revolves around human conflict nudged on by the supernatural, rather than just people running away from nondescript slasher villains. Once you get over high-school-theatre-level inconsistency in accents (which is easy to get used to, in fairness), the actors (carried over from…