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  • Mind Game

    Mind Game

    ★★★★½

    120mph existential slapstick.

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★½

    One of the most enduring images from Jeff VanderMeer's original Annihilation is a sunken tower with a set of spiral stairs leading down into the earth. That tower, and its eerie, unknowable inhabitants are nowhere to be found in Alex Garland's Annihilation, which should tell you how much interest this movie has in being a chapter and verse adaptation (read: none).

    Which is fine! Garland has said in interviews that reading the novel felt like a dream, so he wanted…

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  • The Descendants

    The Descendants

    ★★★★½

    Me, for the first 5-10 minutes: This is sort of familiar and lightweight.
    Me, for the rest of the movie: This is wonderful, and shut up there's just something in my eye. In both of my eyes.

  • Shut Up and Play the Hits

    Shut Up and Play the Hits

    ★★★★

    I knew I was disappointed that I would never see LCD Soundsystem live, but now I'm fucking devastated.