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  • Magnolia
  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • Unforgiven
  • The Thing

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  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★★½

  • We Summon the Darkness

    ★★★

  • Operation Mincemeat

    ★★★

  • Arrival

    ★★★★

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  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★★½

    I can't remember a blockbuster ever dropping such an important plot point in as casual, off-hand, never-to-be-mentioned-again manner as the way this does with the little girl.

    It still feels like Pratt is playing a dry straight-down-the-line impression of what the dictionary says a leading man should be rather than doing his natural thing, and Bryce Dallas Howard is an absolute vacuum, but outside of the leads it's pretty good fun.

    Makes very good use of creepy dinosaur fingers, and the tragic Brachiosaur gets me every time.

  • We Summon the Darkness

    We Summon the Darkness

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This film basically has one (1) idea, and while it's a vaguely amusing one, once that card gets played about a third of the way through, there isn't much else going on outside of a laminated, formulaic slasher.

    Having said that, it's okay, it's fine, I wasn't bored.

    If Alexandra Daddario came at me with her crazy murder eyes I would simply lie back and be murdered.

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  • Apostasy

    Apostasy

    ★★★★

    Horrible. Horrible horrible horrible. And brilliant.

    An exposé of family life in the world of Jehovah's Witnessess, written and directed by someone who used to be one of them. It's a stark and suffocating picture, depicting what amounts to a large-scale religious cult; one that controls its members to a frightening, Orwellian degree; where escape is made emotionally impossible. It includes one development that made me audibly yell out loud, aghast at what I was seeing.

    Brilliant performances from the…

  • The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter

    ★★

    This is a fucking SLOG and provides very little reward for your investment. A mere smattering of decent scenes doesn't go far in a 3 hour run-time.

    For a film that's so revered it has remarkably little to say.

    Opening with a brash, interminable 50 minute (!) wedding sequence, before even introducing your characters or giving you a hook, is suicidal filmmaking. By the time the (solid) Vietnam/Russian roulette sequences hit, you'll struggle to care, particularly with the thin, nothingy…