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  • Drag Me to Hell

    Drag Me to Hell

    ★★★

    This film has an oral fixation in the best and worst way. Gross things coming out of mouths, creepy things going into mouths, it really is a cornucopia of mouth-related horror. 
    Aside from this aspect, the film really makes its impact through story, both in its compelling, well-paced narrative as well as its thrilling conclusion. The camera work is also engaging, as Sam Raimi demonstrates his ability to introduce fun and creativity into a project through his eye for details.…

  • The Final Girls

    The Final Girls

    ★★★

    Creative premise that makes for a fun, self-aware film. 
    This was so close to greatness, though it fell short due to some minor issues. I love the idea of transporting into an 80s slasher-horror pic, but I wish the film would’ve done the homage true and right. By this I mean an R rating. Blood, gore, and shockingly horrible deaths are an inextricable part of 80s horror style. I mean, even in the film within the film, Camp Bloodbath, is…

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  • Brooklyn

    Brooklyn

    ★★★★

    Balanced and touching story, served well by focusing more on concepts of immigration and home rather than a single relationship angle. The love storyline is sweet and relevant, though its intentionally set as a branch of a larger outline. Saoirse Ronan is outstanding as Eilis, showing a true depth of skill in her timing and range. Ronan has a quiet confidence and tangible presence on screen, and its exciting to think about both the career she’s already had and where…

  • Solaris

    Solaris

    ★★★★½

    I love the idea of using science fiction as a vehicle to explore humanity. Isn’t that infinitely more frightening than Mars? Why imagine a space monster when we’re still terrified to talk about death, grief, God, and the human propensity for mistakes and regret? This film is a true masterpiece of philosophy, like a Tolstoy novel or Kierkegaard essay come to life. Some of it is inexplicable and up to interpretation, but I think that’s part of the point: to…