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  • Haunt

    Haunt

    ★½

    Starts off promisingly enough but gets dull really quickly. I wasn't expecting a slashterpiece or anything, but I figured that this would at least be a fun watch with a few cool set pieces, kills, and suspenseful moments if nothing else, as there ought to be when you make a movie that's set inside a haunted house run by a small group of sadistic masked psycho-killers pretending to be part of the act on Halloween night. So many possibilities to…

  • The Grey

    The Grey

    ★★★★½

    "Fuck faith, earn it!"

    You haven't really lived until you've seen a haggard Liam Neeson, armed with only a hunting knife and bottle shards taped to one hand, stare directly into the face of an alpha wolf before getting ready to charge it head-on.

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

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

    Those last five minutes offer the most subtly resonant moment of catharsis ever put on screen. A lifetime of longing and internal anguish overcome by a single gesture of outward vulnerability. The serene magnitude of a man liberating that little boy he has always been and finally accepting himself for who he is. No matter what Chiron's and Kevin's futures entail, I keep coming back to the refrain from Frank Ocean's "Godspeed:"

    This love will keep us through blinding of the eyes
    Silence in the ears, darkness of the mind

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★★

    Social realism and vérité get crossbred with the Hollywood genre film at its most refined and ruthlessly lean. Using Of Mice and Men as its jumping-off point and reconfiguring the standard heist gone wrong picture into a flurry of urban grit and grime that feels completely electrifying and unmistakably for this day and age. A movie like Good Time simply isn't supposed to exist in the form that it does in this (or any other) country, but the Safdie brothers…