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  • The Heartbreak Kid

    The Heartbreak Kid

    ★★★★½

    Reminded me of PHANTOM THREAD...

    Unpredictable; really keeps you on your toes. So perfectly cast, it’s almost as if the the casting, itself, did all the acting automatically. I need to take in more pre-BEETHOVEN Grodin the god. Is Elaine May the goat comedy director?

  • Wildlife

    Wildlife

    ★★★½

    Well, Diego Garcia is that dude. Kinda wish the whole thing was silent; just establishing shots, close-ups, and bittersweet '60s tunes. Can't go wrong with a REVOLUTIONARY ROAD/THE MASTER/CERTAIN WOMEN/THE WONDER YEARS/Edward Hopper blueprint, though. Curious to see this Oxenbould kid in more things.

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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★½

    APOCALYPSE NOW x THE LAST OF US x 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY x UNDER THE SKIN x MISSION TO MARS x STALKER x THE THING x SOLARIS x THE VILLAGE x STARGATE x ALIEN. And yet... entirely its own brilliant concoction. Smart, adult, uncompromising. 

    The closest a film has come to depicting an acid trip, I think. Unnerving and scary as all hell. The score felt like SICARIO’s blended with ARRIVAL’s; foreign, alien, beguiling, almost welcoming, beyond tense. Shouts to Portishead, and RIP Johann Johannsson. Portman reeeeally improving as an actor - incredibly committed.

    2018 in film basically already better than all of 2017.

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★½

    Credit where it's due; this is definitely the best horror film of the past five years after THE WITCH and PERSONAL SHOPPER, and it's scarier than both. It also might be the most stressful two hours I've spent in a movie theater, with an outstanding cast led by a committed (career-best?) Toni Collette and budding Alex Wolff.

    However, the brilliance of Aster's two-hour tension-building exercise is undone by a, I don't want to say cliched or stupid, but rather generic…