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  • The Lost City of Z

    The Lost City of Z

    ★★★★

    A rich tale of obsession and destiny.

    Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson deliver career-best performances, here. And James Gray's direction is patient and persistent. I don't know what else I can (or want to) say about this that you haven't already read... So I'll leave it at that.

  • Phoenix Forgotten

    Phoenix Forgotten

    ★★★

    This is pretty much the movie I was hoping for when I watched Area 51. It's still flawed, though, and the whole found footage approach is distracting and tired. But I like that they have the documentary angle added in here, as it helps to give the characters some depth and to raise the stakes of it all.

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  • Unfriended

    Unfriended

    ★★★½

    I honestly don’t quite know whether this is some sort of millennial masterpiece or a steaming pile of shit.

    I do know that I (briefly) felt compelled to write quite a long piece on this film, and that, while watching, I was enjoying whatever it is I was given.

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★★

    "No one understands the lonely perfection of my dreams."

    Michael Fassbender should get a nomination for this. He won't, but he should. He's so fucking good.

    Outside a handful of problems (mostly some minor pacing issues in the second act, but also some minor horror movie clichés here or there), I loved every second of this film. Fassbender's just a wicked delight, the production design is amazing, and Ridley Scott manages to build up a great deal of tension and dread throughout the film's fairly basic, familiar story arc.