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  • The Childhood of a Leader

    The Childhood of a Leader

    ½

    I aspired to enjoy this film immensely because I loved everything I heard about it. The cast, the score, and the message...it was all ringing true with what typically turns out to be good film for me. Even the lure of a directional debut had me sold.

    As time went on and the chapters unfolded, I found the story to be less and less intriguing. Was there supposed to be tension? I didn't feel it. There was so much unnecessary…

  • The Conjuring 2

    The Conjuring 2

    ★★★½

    Far superior to the first installation, but it still misses the mark. I did not go into this film with high expectations, but a friend encouraged me to give it a chance.

    First, my biggest criticism would be that the story felt disjointed. There are flashbacks, previous houses discussed, and it is as though they are implying there was a film that has been unseen. It is frustrating for the viewer to feel as though we have missed something and…

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  • They Look Like People

    They Look Like People

    ★★★★★

    How often do you find a film where schizophrenia is displayed in the background of a horror film as a twitching person in a straight jacket meant to be ogled? They draw on the walls, throw feces, and make for spooky background stories of abandoned houses in every other film these days. We are always on the outside, as spectators. There is no horror in that display, just misunderstanding.

    They Look Like People unsettled me far more than I expected…

  • Hidden

    Hidden

    ★★★★½

    This completely exceeded my expectations. It is definitely one of my new favorites of 2015.

    I sincerely hope that people give this film a chance, because it starts off so simple and leads up to a fascinating ending. It could very well have been a generic thriller, but it deviated from anything I would have imagined. I love when a film can still surprise me like this. The acting is solid, especially with Alexander Skarsgard. He plays the most convincing and loving father I have seen on film for quite some time.