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  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★★½

    December 2018
    Scavenger Hunt #45
    TASK #25: A Christmas film that isn't family-friendly!

    Watching this a second time on Rabb.it was an absolute joy.

    Arguably the superior Bob Clark-directed Christmas film, Black Christmas more than lives up to its reputation as a beloved classic in the slasher sub-genre, rich with colorful and crisp cinematography, clever editing, terrific performances, excellent sound design, and a chilling score.

  • Blood Simple

    Blood Simple

    ★★★★★

    December 2018
    Scavenger Hunt #45
    TASK #20: A film featuring a character who's buried alive!

    Joel and Ethan Coen strike cinematic gold in their first go-around as writers and directors with Blood Simple, a gorgeously shot and edited, impeccably acted, wonderfully moody and seedy crime thriller that's guaranteed to leave you anxiety-ridden from start to finish.

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★½

    With its intense and exciting action sequences, excellent performances (with the exception of a laughable turn from Jesse Eisenberg), and dazzling visual spectacle being let down by an overstuffed and incoherent script that's filled to the brim with poorly written characters and needlessly convoluted plotting, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice tries to be another Batman reboot, a Man of Steel sequel, and a Justice League set-up all at once with results that are nothing short of depressing to watch.…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    Yet another terrific entry in director Denis Villeneuve's filmography, Arrival is one of the most intelligent, visually stunning, and thought-provoking science fiction films in recent memory, led by a career-best performance from Amy Adams and a pensive, poignant screenplay by Eric Heisserer.