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  • The Vigil

    The Vigil

    ★★★

    Reviewed for the NYT:

    It is Jewish tradition to have someone watch over the dead until they are buried. That person is called a shomer. Yakov (Dave Davis), a young Jewish man who has left behind a strictly Jewish-observant life, is pulled into last-minute night-watch shomer duty. He’s reluctant but could desperately use the $400 that he is promised. What could go wrong with just a few hours spent next to a dead body, anyway?

    So much. Keith Thomas’s slim…

  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    ★★★½

    my man? empty 😤

    deceptively james wan-ish /blumhouse formula on the surface, but genuinely so weird (think more lynch / k. kurosawa). it's easy for horror movies to scare in the moment, it's not easy to completely pull the rug under your feet and haunt you into the next day...

    ps. cannot stop laughing about rex saying "what if it was mm, tea man" while drinking tea.......

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  • Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie

    that a white man made this is actually insane. so much "dialogue blackface" (to quote miriam). levinson also seems to not grasp the basics of how a woman functions (peeing outside in a ball gown and stockings??) and he owes zendaya so much for giving it her all, the film truly does not deserve her. the way i rolled my eyes at how she gets progressively more naked — nipples poking through her tank, pants off, legs as set decoration — and…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★

    dude got out of the bath and went straight to the movies by himself, soaking wet and naked. gotta respect it.