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  • Sleep Has Her House

    Sleep Has Her House

    ★★★½

    everything Mandy should've been.

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★½

    The worst part of Guadagnino and screenwriter David Kajganich's previous 'remake' (A Bigger Splash, also starring Swinton and Johnson) of a slenderly-plotted Euro film (La Piscine) was opportunistically padding the story with a half-assed subtext-turned-subplot about the ongoing Mediterranean refugee crisis for seemingly no reason other than to flatter their own (and their audience's) sense of political conscientiousness. Apparently someone watched that film, enthusiastically told them both 'do more of that', and the result is this 2.5-hour j/o motion.

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  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    "Or what? You'll release the dogs? Or the bees? Or the dogs with bees in their mouths so when they bark they shoot bees at you?"

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★

    For a while I thought this was doing an excellent job (ala Kiyoshi Kurosawa) of exploiting the inherent dread of master shots (and sometimes just shot-reverse-shot sequences without much depth of field) with lots of planes and pockets and reflective surfaces containing ample frame-within-frames for spectral things to appear within. It's a shame that Aster limits his restraint to avoiding suddenness and volume, because that dread is eventually revealed as merely aesthetic fussiness when it becomes apparent that nearly every…