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  • Svaha: The Sixth Finger

    Svaha: The Sixth Finger

    ★★★★½

    A fascinating mystery about cults and demons that is somewhere between Frailty and The Wailing, without being quite as good as either of those films. Svaha: The Sixth Finger is best when it is in straight-forward detective movie / serial killer mode and worst when it tries to have its cake and eat it too with its final twists and turns. Really loved the collision of Christianity and Buddhism in South Korean culture and despite several early references to this…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

    Of the many many MANY slow-burn, arthouse horror films of 2019 in which we watch someone slowly go insane ... this was my favorite. Robert Eggers' long-awaited follow-up to his acclaimed debut, The VVitch, clearly illustrates that film wasn’t a fluke. Like The VVitch, I would have enjoyed The Lighthouse even more if they’d given us more to grapple with narratively, but it is hard to complain when we’re given a cinematic experience with this high level of cinematography and…

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  • Lowlife

    Lowlife

    ★★★

    This totally messed-up movie that deals with human sex trafficking, organ theft, hard drugs, organized crime and corrupt cops somehow manages to pull a few heartstrings by the end. Lowlife seems to suffer from budget and casting constraints at the beginning—and you'd like to see a story this good have a little more technical polish—but things really pick up by the midpoint and Lowlife wins you over, even as it pushes you away. The inclusion of Ricardo Zarate's enforcer character…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★½

    Okay. Wow. I’m not quite sure what I think about this film, yet. It was kind of an overwhelming experience, as a lifetime fan of the Halloween franchise. There was so much to take in and process. I loved (almost) every minute of the movie (save a certain police car ride and the connected subplot) that was on screen, but I wanted a lot more ... more from certain supporting characters and a lot more from the eventual plot. I…