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  • Resident Evil: Extinction

    Resident Evil: Extinction

    ★★★

    Essentially a zombiefied, Max-free precursor to Mad Max: Fury Road, with clunkier camerawork and more downtime.

    The beginning and end of the film, and a plot twist involving clones, fascinated me a lot more than the main plot, which feels like an Episode more than a development.

    This is way more fun than the second film, and probably around as good as the first in a different way, but it breaks no actual new ground, preferring to have a decent amount of fun treading water instead.

  • Crocodile Tears

    Crocodile Tears

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    An extremely offbeat but also extremely sour film about a self-hating gay man who makes a deal with the devil to reverse his HIV-positive status.

    This is fascinating to watch but also excruciating. It's definitely creative, especially on a clearly really small budget, and I have no doubt that it's accurate in depicting the main character's emotions. It just exists in a thorny place where much of it is really unpleasant to watch.

    Most of the first half is truly…

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  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows

    ★★★★

    "Yeah, some of our clothes are from victims. You might bite someone and then, you think, 'Oooh, those are some nice pants!'"

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    Excellent, riveting film. Feels like Hitchcock made a Jazz Musician Psychological Drama, but slicker, wound even tighter, etc. Most intense movie theater experience of 2014 so far. Feels like a Best Picture Front-runner, to me anyway. Only con: Its early, sudden ending feels like a cop-out.