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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★

    It's great to see a tired old genre like horror refreshed by a new perspective, and that's exactly what Get Out does. Thematic density inoculates it to the worst traits of the genre, so it doesn't matter if it may get predictable or struggle with formal difficulties around action from time to time. It's about characters and their experiences rather than simply about what happens next and the experiences of Daniel Kaluuya's Chris absolutely resonate. A Stepford Wives for the melting pot.

  • The Discovery

    The Discovery

    ★★½

    It's a fun little thought experiment/mystery until a disastrously nonsensical climax chucks all the previous hard work in the bin.

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  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★

    No twists. No betrayals. No games. Just two protagonists, both flawed and virtuous, seeking justice in an unjust, dying world and losing themselves in the process. Great stuff here.

  • The Outlaw Josey Wales

    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    ★★★★½

    Wild West Summer 2017
    Task #27: Watch a Western for with a particularly beautiful poster.

    Ahhh, now that's the stuff--mythic and sprawling, yet also naturalistic and full of humor and heart. Couple those virtues with beautiful cinematography, fine acting, excellent pacing, and a memorable script and you end up with an evolutionary leap forward from High Plains Drifter. Though Unforgiven seems to be the consensus favorite, I might actually call this one Eastwood's Western masterpiece.