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  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★★

    From my twitter feed @billreviews:

    Somewhat fun but mostly rushed and oblong. Like a race where everyone gets a participation trophy. Cute, but who won? Bro machismo in hilarious play mixed in with PTSD comedics/dramatics, gave way to speculative exposition and nonsense.

    Tremblay on the spectrum subplot + "The Loonies" up against alien threat were both intriguing but underutilized (possibly cut down?). Any potential theme of perceived weakness becoming character/story strength failed when up against the whip wittiness and gun…

  • Support the Girls

    Support the Girls

    ★★★½

    From my twitter feed @billreviews:

    It's funny/amusing how well Bujalski is able to capture the utter frustrations of everyday food industry workers, from the middle management babysitters to the melodramatic servers.

    Written with attention towards boring reality, directed with the atmosphere of natural human theatre in mind and performed as if everything is gonna be ok (though we know nothing really is).

    Regina Hall is the heroine our mini-mall lives need. Just keeping things together is a triumph, weighted down…

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  • 9/11

    9/11

    Utterly deplorable. Horrid melodrama with a time and setting used only for dramatic exploitation. Nothing new is revealed or anything found within us, just people weeping, bickering, coughing and yelling like Nolan's Batman. When you use green screen, cgi smoke and desaturated lighting to indicate fiery conditions, you're telling me how cheap and uncreative you are. Rushed through to ... make a buck? To capitalize on ... that sweet 9/11 nostalgia we all share? Why was this movie made? It…

  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night

    ★★★★★

    A devastating production that's less scary but more tragic than you'd think. It holds back on exposition and meaning, leaving the images and action to speak for themselves. At twenty-four paintings a second, never wasting a sequence, the film is like a Cormac McCarthy cover song if performed by David Lynch. That's a dangerous pairing.

    Go in knowing nothing, come out feeling everything.