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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

    As a lifelong horror fan, it's hard to find a film that gives you more than just a fleeting jump scare, but rather fills you with such a sense of dread that you will not soon forget it. Hereditary not only does that, it delivers some of the most disturbing visual imagery I have ever seen, and that's saying a lot. The sights (and sounds) from this will haunt you. The already impressive Toni Collette gives the performance of her career. I have seen comparisons to both The Witch and It Comes at Night, but Hereditary was infinitely better than both of those films.

  • The Meg

    The Meg

    ★★½

    It was a perfectly adequate, mostly-dumb, summer action movie. The Meg squandered a lot potential for fun gore along the lines of the way-better-than-it-should-have-been Piranha, opting instead for a PG-13 rating.

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  • Murder Party

    Murder Party

    ★★★½

    It's interesting to see the no-budget indie flick that started the career of a filmmaker whose work you really, really dig. There are hints of genius in what could have easily been another Troma-tinged torture flick, along with some great style and witty satire of the NYC art scene. It also gives some context to see how much he has grown as a writer and director. If you're a fan of Saulnier and Macon Blair, watching this is kind of a no-brainer.

  • Raw

    Raw

    ★★★★

    I dug this one. I loved the long, shaky tracking shots, the cinematography, the layered complexity surrounding Justine's coming of age, and the music was great. The hazing in French colleges is pretty brutal.