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  • Sudden Fury

    Sudden Fury

    ★★★★

    Tense, atmospheric Canadian thriller made just as the tax shelter wave was about to hit is good enough to make you wish one-shot director Brian Damude had stuck it out for a few more films. Told nearly in real time, it's basically a five character piece about escalating tension and violence when a bickering couple runs off the road and the rotten husband decides to leave his wife bleeding to death in the car. After that it's one peril after another, leading to a surprisingly gutsy ending that's neither as happy nor nihilistic one you might expect.
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  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    ★★

    Well, at least there's a bizarre appearance by Brontis Jodorowsky here as an immortal alchemist in goofy old age make-up. Wildly overplotted second entry in the proposed five-film series makes one brilliant move (casting Jude Law as a young Dumbledore and taking us back to Hogwarts for a bit) along with a lot of completely baffling ones.

    Eddie Redmayne amps up his cutesy tics even further here, Johnny Depp is still a huge downgrade from Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston barely…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★

    A raw, screaming art film with a capital A that I deeply enjoyed but would probably never outright recommend to anyone else. Those of us emotionally attached to the Dario Argento film of the same title will have the toughest hill to climb here as Luca Guadagnino doesn't even try to outdo it, veering instead into guilt-ridden, traumatized waters where the only way to survive is either mentally purge your sins or hope someone next to you gets destroyed instead.…

  • Savage Streets

    Savage Streets

    ★★★½

    Nutso high school revenge film with Linda Blair as a pouty girl gang leader somehow manages to be even trashier and more twisted than the classic Class of 1984 from the same year, though that kinda makes sense given that this was directed by Danny "Friday the 13th: A New Beginning" Steinmann. There really isn't a dull second here and the oh so '80s soundtrack is to die for.
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