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  • Pitch Black

    Pitch Black

    ★★★★

    "There’s a scene in director David Twohy’s turn-of-the-millennium, low-budget, sci-fi action horror film Pitch Black, where our intergalactic prisoner protagonist and entirely-reluctant anti-hero, Richard B. Riddick—played by a pre-Fast & Furious fame Vin Diesel—fights a gigantic, winged, photosensitive alien monster with nothing but a shiny metal shiv. During this violent life-and-death scuffle, ... in a moment of gripping tension, completely immersed in darkness and dirt and pouring rain, Riddick pulls off a lightning-quick hand switch and knifes the beast across the…

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★★

    "If there was an Academy Award for ‘Best Unnecessarily Verbose Film Title,’ I’m fairly confident that Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) would be an absolute shoo-in. In much the same way that Joker was an exercise in Oscar bait and Scorsese homage masquerading as a comic-book film adaptation, Birds of Prey is essentially a girl-gang break-up film draped in comic-book bling. And before the comment section inevitably flames up in virulent dissent and misplaced mirth, a quick message to those ardent DCEU die-hards out there: R-E-L-A-X—this is one of the good ones."

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  • Nerve

    Nerve

    ★★

    WRITE A SCRIPT THAT ISN'T COWARDLY AND WEAK AS PISS

    $100,000,000,000

    REJECT | ACCEPT

  • Underwater

    Underwater

    ★★★½

    "It’s here that Underwater’s debt to other, more interesting films becomes obvious, mixing a sense of claustrophobia and impending doom from The Abyss and Sphere, with the sinister survival horror of Alien and Event Horizon. Stewart does an excellent job of paralleling a Ripley-type character in the role of Norah, making her portrayal feel like the plucky protagonist of a survival RPG, constantly fixing/hacking terminals, assessing level maps, configuring weapons and rescuing fellow crewmates. (Hollywood, if you’re reading this, quit with the endless cavalcade of reboots and remakes already, and give us a bloody Bioshock or Dead Space film.)"

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★

    After four years of intense comic-book film fatigue, it's refreshing to watch a film as expansive and interconnected as Endgame and not have it feel like simply another teaser for yet another franchise film (even despite the three-hour runtime). Where Infinity War (and to a larger extent, the preceding twenty-one films that constitute the MCU grand narrative) was about shuffling pieces on the chessboard, Endgame only has one primary concern: reaching the checkmate. And that's where this film ultimately succeeds,…

  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★★★½

    “In his review of The Proposition, esteemed film critic Roger Ebert wrestled with the familiar themes of on-screen violence and bloodshed: ‘Why do you want to see this movie? Perhaps you don’t. Perhaps… it will take you more than one try to face the carnage. But the director… has made a movie you cannot turn away from; it is so pitiless and uncompromising, so filled with pathos and disregarded innocence, that it is a record of those things we pray…