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  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★★

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

    This was the imperfect, expurgated cut, but hey -- much like "The Wicker Man," if this is as much of the movie as I can get, it will freaking do. It's horrifying, rending, powerful, haunting as is. I can see why Oliver Reed thought it his best performance, and Vanessa Redgrave is also spectacular in a role that might otherwise have been easily melted into corrupt church/demented nun orgy wallpaper. I think what will stay with me most is Grandier…

  • When Animals Dream

    When Animals Dream

    ★★★★★

    Young girl with invalid mom and a bleak job as a fish head technician begins turning into a werewolf. The werewolf metaphor and heroine Marie's workaday struggle against a world of jerks what want to abuse and ignore her is acutely relatable for all women everywhere. This is a great coming of age film. The cinematography is an atmospheric Denmark calendar and the score toggles between sustained haunting and amped up electronica, all of which undergirds fantastic performances, particularly from…

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  • Godzilla

    Godzilla

    ★★★

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

    I expect people who are franchise fans or particularly attentive to the cultural significance of Gojira in postwar Japan would be cheesed off at this movie. To my shame, I am only tangentially aware of the latter and I spent my best Godzilla-loving years loving Doctor Who instead. So I don't have that particular baggage, per se.
    My own nits to pick: Ken Watanabe's Serizawa had little to do except express awe and a weird implicit faith in what Gojira…

  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    ★★★★★

    This is a clever, deliberate film full of damn fine acting and genuine scares doing what horror is fundamentally meant to do: exorcise demons. Everyone you know that has seen it says how good it is. They are all so freaking right.