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  • Alien³

    ★★★

  • Insomnia

    ★★★½

  • The Possession of Joel Delaney

    ★★★★½

  • Men

    ★★★★

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  • Alien³

    Alien³

    ★★★

    Opened 30 years ago this weekend. David Fincher made his feature directing debut with this and promptly disowned it. A troubled production where no one from the studio heads on down were really sure what they wanted from it, this was quite disappointing back in the summer of '92, but years later, the so-called "Assembly Cut"--running 30 minutes longer and basically what Fincher's version probably would've looked like had he been given creative control--revealed a much better film. You see…

  • Insomnia

    Insomnia

    ★★★½

    Opened 20 years ago this weekend. A director-for-hire gig for Christopher Nolan post-MEMENTO and pre-BATMAN BEGINS, INSOMNIA is a remake of a 1997 Norwegian thriller and is thus far the only film he's directed without writing. It's a solid suspense outing with some big star cred between a trio of Oscar-winners in Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank. It's less a mystery in that we know who the killer is but the focus is on the game of cat-and-mouse…

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  • Eaten Alive

    Eaten Alive

    ★★★★½

    Tobe Hooper's follow-up to his phenomenal breakout success with 1974's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE might be, in hindsight, the bridge between that grim first film and the black comedy of the belated 1986 sequel THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2. EATEN ALIVE is a strange and often aggressively unpleasant masterpiece of claustrophobic madness, with Hooper deliberately using obvious soundstages, garish lighting, and a bizarre, squealing, screeching, ringing, clanging synthesizer score to convey an unsettling sense of swelter, suffocation, and terror.…