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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★½

    Everything worth saying about this film has already been said by much smarter people than me. So I'll just say that yeah it's pretty fucking good. Daniel Kaluuya is incredible, certainly the best performance I've seen all year outside of Kyle MacLachlan on Twin Peaks. He has to give off this simmering anxiety, but communicate it only in secretive and self-deprecating mumbles. It's a really difficult challenge for any actor and he does an outstanding job.

    Peele's direction is great…

  • Okja

    Okja

    ★★★★

    A deeply upsetting film about how capitalism forces us to trade our beliefs to survive and barter for the lives of the people we love. It does a nice job of shifting between its wildly disparate tones – a madcap chase scene is a matter of minutes away from a traumatic rape. Neither is lessened by its proximity to the other, and the whole thing coheres impressively. The only real threat to that balance is Jake Gyllenhaal's utterly bizarre performance.…

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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    The real battle royale this summer isn't between Batman and Superman, or between Captain America and Iron Man, or between the X-Men and the purple guy. It's over the soul of blockbuster cinema. Marvel has clearly staked its claim, and DC announced its own perspective rather loudly a few months ago. The latter made a film which, while admittedly convoluted, was at least a stab at something grandiose and new. It didn't make logical sense, but it felt like it…

  • Cloverfield

    Cloverfield

    ★★★★★

    Still the best film ever made about 9/11 -- about the 21st century -- Cloverfield is an unparalleled expressionist masterpiece. People talked about how it ripped its "don't show the monster" technique from Jaws, but it's closer to Lovecraft than anything else. Furthermore, it's an idea wholly indebted to the film's own era. We're afraid of what we don't know, what we can't see. Films like War of the Worlds come close to touching on post-9/11 anxieties so potently, but…