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  • Awake

    Awake

    ★★

    Well, That Escalated Quickly: The Movie.

    In which due to a comet passing over the earth or something (sorry, I'm not the best recapper; I might be describing "Maximum Overdrive" instead), no one can sleep anymore, so imagine insomnia on a terminal level - cue the insanity, civilization breaking down about 3 minutes later, a free-for-all "Purge" scenario takes effect, main family characters have to go on the run like in all these movies (I'm reminded of Shyamalan's "The Happening",…

  • The Way Back

    The Way Back

    ★★

    Speaking of long, arduous journeys through monotonous, inhospitable landscapes, during which you often want to give up hope even though your traveling companions include Saoirse Ronan, Ed Harris and Colin Farrell, this movie about a long, arduous journey through monotonous, inhospitable landscapes, during which its Polish prison escapees often want to give up hope really managed to evoke at least one characteristic of its story......the difference is, unlike some of the people in this true series of events who are…

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  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★½

    Pragmatic!

    Is the best way to describe this scrappy, intense, black-comedy thriller from the rising master of scrappy, intense, black-comedy thrillers Jeremy Saulnier. Like his debut "Murder Party", this is a chamber piece, confining a young punk band to mostly one room of a neo-Nazi club they made the mistake of playing at, where they become sitting ducks after witnessing a murder. And close quarters suit Saulnier's modus operandi impeccably, as he once again tackles a succinct premise with an…

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ★★★★½

    Oooh yeah! One of those movies that reignites my love for the medium, not that it was flagging or anything, but this actually thrilled me physically and as a (formerly) prospective writer myself. I never wanted to be avant garde or anything – my dream was to write and/or make smart but accessible entertainment like this (and preferably in genre territory), so to see it pulled off so expertly every now and then in movies like "10 Cloverfield Lane" feels…