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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★½

    87/100 (was 84)

    Yeah, let's bump this a few points (which does move it around quite a bit on my running Best of 2017 list), and add a half-star. Mainly, I didn't give it enough credit the first time around for managing to foreshadow without being circuitous. I have tendency during horror/mystery films to devise a series of possible guesses or scenarios in my head and revise them as the movie goes on. This can be detrimental, because I'm ignoring…

  • Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers

    ★★★★

    76/100

    Now that the satirical nature of the film is officially "canon," it's hard to imagine watching this in any other way. However, because the commentary so unsparing in its hidden-in-plain-sight nature, I can only imagine that for first time viewers taking it at face value, the only humane reaction one could have would be... dismay, probably. Verhoeven's taking of every lurid, violent element or every earnest cornball cliché, and upping it by 200%—as well as having every character serve,…

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    Oh yes, in this house we love a hungry boy.

  • The Interview

    The Interview

    So I was able to sneak a look at the finished film, and I have to say that it is absolutely...

    Hang on, I think I hear someone pulling up outside. Be right back.