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  • Color Out of Space

    Color Out of Space

    ★★★★

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

    Never trust gifts that emerge from glowing meteorites...unless your names are Jonathan and Martha Kent. Color Out of Space is a sci-fi/horror/black comedy loosely adapted from "The Colour Out of Space" by H. P. Lovecraft, and is about the affluent Gardner family's ill-fated encounter with an alien force that takes over their farm and exposes them to all kinds of eldritch insanity. What appears as a mysterious light that drenches the house and property at night spreads like a cancer…

  • The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night

    ★★★★★

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

    The greatest thrills come not from answers, but from questions, spurred by the mysteries that dwell within the void of our universe. The Vast of Night is a science fiction thriller set in Cayuga, New Mexico circa the 1950s. The film is framed to resemble a television broadcast of a "Twilight Zone"-esque show called "Paradox Theater", complete with opening credits narrated by a surrogate Rod Serling. Two young citizens of Cayuga--a smooth radio DJ named Everett (Jake Horowitz) and a…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★★

    A garden of weeds chokes out anything that isn't mean enough to survive. Joker is a psychological thriller and origin story of one of Batman's most recognizable villains, the eponymous Joker, a.k.a. Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix). Arthur is a mentally ill man who struggles with bouts of uncontrollable laughter at inappropriate times, and works as a clown on the streets of Gotham City to support his infirm mother, Penny (Frances Conroy). But Gotham City is a hard and cruel city,…

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★★

    Leaders have a responsibility to stand as examples to their charges. But when leaders fail their followers, should they not suffer the consequences? Paths of Glory is an antiwar film set during World War I, in which a failed assault on the German stronghold dubbed the "Anthill" by the 701's Régiment Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) results in the contemptible, power-drunk General Mireau (George Macready) accusing the soldiers of cowardice. The scapegoats for this military disaster are not the officers who…