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  • Hardcore
  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

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  • Men

    ★★★½

  • Hardcore

    ★★★★★

  • The Rum Diary

    ★★½

  • Exiled

    ★★★★

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  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★★

    Absolutely chilling and the scariest film I've seen this year.
    Ben is a terrifying villain. What makes him all the more disturbing is he's just a kid who hasn't even reached puberty. He's clearly a kid with emotional needs and really needs a hug. You want to take away his pain, which he cruelly and violently inflicts on others but you'd dye doing so.

    The entire film is from the point of view of a quartet of lonely children with…

  • The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

    The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

    ★★★★★

    A childhood favorite of mine. Jodie Foster is excellent and very believable as a 13-year old girl who spends her time alone in an isolated house with an absent father. The mystery is whether he’s in that locked study writing poetry, off in New York City, or something sinister. I love the New England mood with the harsh rains, fallen leaves and grey skies. You can practically feel it. 

    As a child who spent a lot of time alone, I related…

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  • Men

    Men

    ★★★½

    A bit obvious with its metaphors but stunning visuals and a strong performance from Jessie Buckley makes this worth watching. Just remember it’s A24 and almost a parody of their output of “elevated horrror”. I can only imagine the groans of those who may have been hoodwinked into thinking this is a ruckus edge of your seat, lunatic on the loose flick. With that said, this is definitely a horror film. It has some striking and terrifying imagery I won’t…

  • Hardcore

    Hardcore

    ★★★★★

    An odyssey of a man completely shook from the life he thought he knew, Paul Shrader's sophomore film takes us from wintery Grand Rapids, Michigan to a completely different world in sunny California. Rest assured there will be no beaches or beautiful sunsets. There are two subjects Schrader knows very well, faith or losing said faith and the underworld of porno theaters, pimps, johns and sex workers. Hardcore combines the two.

    George C Scott in one of his most emotionally…

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  • The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall

    ★★½

    The Good:
    As always LaKeith Stanfield. He's one of my favorite actors and looks great in cowboy getup. His line deliveries during an excellent train sequence made me smile and pay attention. Overall the cast is stellar. I wish the film matched their presence.

    The Bad:
    The story doesn't warrant a two hour plus running time. After being on board for the first 45 minutes or so I started to lose interest. There are scenes that might have hit more…

  • Fresh

    Fresh

    ★½

    Very distasteful but not in a good or even offensive way rather an eye-rolling one.
    There’s an apparently “meet-cute” at a grocery store that I found cringy. Then there’s the tired Black best friend trope (make her Lesbian for bonus points). While chatting with her needy white friend, who tells her she got laid, she yells “get that D” while at work. Oh how hilarious. I’m just not on this film’s wavelength. I found the humor, shall I say, hate…