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  • Gangs of New York

    Gangs of New York

    ★★★

    There are a lot of weird decisions in this one but I can't say it doesn't work.

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★½

    This film has many beautiful moments and scenes... and it also has those fucking Sufjan Stevens songs and that (lovely in sentiment but nonetheless) ludicrous and out-of-nowhere speech at the end. What a mixed bag.

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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★★

    I don't normally go for rigidly formalistic cinematic exercises but for all of the filmmaker's obsessive attention to period detail (and the general humorlessness that goes along with being that type of director), he didn't forget to make this movie tense and scary as hell. Plus I love goats!

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★

    At first it's a bit self-consciously "haute-Showgirls," but I was having fun. As it transitions into "nightmare-Showgirls" and finally just "oh aren't I naughty," it becomes increasingly tedious and dull. The very literal-minded final act would have been much more interesting had a bit been left to the imagination; I don't often call a film "gratuitous" but this was it.

    Lovely music and production design though.