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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★½

    If the job of a trailer is to make you want to see a movie, this trailer is ridiculously effective. I was hyped.

    If the job of a trailer is to prepare you to see a movie, this trailer is the worst. It takes some of the most striking scenes and shots and spoils them all for you so that when you actually see them in context you don't get to be surprised, the full weight of it doesn't land.…

  • Upgrade

    Upgrade

    ★★★

    When I realized this was a Leigh Whannell movie it all clicked into place. On the one hand, there is so much to roll your eyes at and basically all of that falls on him. The first act is so boring and predictable most people would consider just leaving. But, because it's a Leigh Whannell movie, there's enough smart little things and a pile of twists that reward you sticking around.

    This movie is a great little concept that could…

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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★½

    It is terrifying to see an adaptation of a book like ANNIHILATION. Ultimately I don't know that people who read it will enjoy it very much, at least I didn't. That doesn't mean it's bad, but the things about the book that were most vivid to me--the disorienting feel of it, the almost dreamy tone, the final setpiece--were not there and it felt like something almost entirely different. Those were the things I'd gone for, I didn't get them.

    Still,…

  • The Post

    The Post

    ★★★

    Spielberg's gonna Spielberg. Meryl is great, but there's not much there for anyone else to chew on. Not much to really feel, not many emotional notes outside Graham's story arc. Too inspirational, not as in the weeds. Spotlight was clearly better. And yet I liked it more than I expected to.