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  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★½

    Strangely angry and unpleasant follow-up to one of Pixar's greatest films continues the studio's string of underwhelming (or in some cases outright terrible) sequels, Toy Story 2 excepted. Some of it works, namely almost everything involving Jack-Jack, the always welcome Edna Mode, and another great, John Barry-inspired score by Michael Giacchino, plus some nice '60s pop culture nods to The Outer Limits and Dementia 13. Mostly though it's just a bunch of formerly beloved characters screaming and snapping at each…

  • Ninja III: The Domination

    Ninja III: The Domination

    ★★★½

    One of the craziest Cannon Films titles (and that's really saying something), this third entry in the enjoyable run of Shô Kosugi ninja films decides to throw in a heavy dose of horror complete with elements of Poltergeist, The Exorcist, and, uh, Flashdance tossed in. Lucinda Dickey's always fun to watch, and the action scenes are the kind of ludicrous, caffeinated nonsense designed to make an audience go nuts. Total junk food, but it's really, really tasty junk food.
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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★

    A deliciously atmospheric and manipulative slice of supernatural brain bashing anchored by another ferocious Toni Collette performance. The usual festival screening "OMG scariest movie ever you'll never sleep again" hype doesn't do it any favors, but on its own terms this is a beautifully crafted chamber piece with some nice echoes of Burnt Offerings, Don't Go to Sleep, Starry Eyes, The Ritual, The Witch, and probably a dozen or so other movies without feeling over derivative of any of them.…

  • Pieces

    Pieces

    ★★★★

    It sounds weird to call a gory, over-the-top misogynist Spanish slasher film "lovable," but that's exactly what this slice of giddy, blood-sprayed stupidity is. Juan Piquer Simón helmed this drive-in favorite, which rolled out unrated in the '80s and went on to stun an entire generation on VHS. Apart from the wildly quotable dialogue, it's an orgy of old school gore effects, brain-dead characters, and cool synth music pilfered from earlier Italian horror films, plus the great Paul L. Smith (Bluto from Popeye) as the world's greatest chainsaw-wielding red herring. I could watch this one again right now.