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  • The Burning

    The Burning

    ★★★

    The Burning boasts some of Savini's best work, a few well choreographed kills, and uncharacteristically likeable/memorable characters for an early 80s slasher. Sadly this is very much a Weinstein joint, in its genesis but also in its obsession with getting young women to succumb to sexual advances.

  • Kiss Me Deadly

    Kiss Me Deadly

    ★★★★

    Absolute hall of fame movie title, and what a script! Extremely intelligent about its deconstruction of pulp/noir, but never too proud to have characters deliver zingers like “Dames are worse than flies.”

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  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★

    Breathtaking feature. Johnson at his whodunnit-loving best.


    Some highlights:

    -Lakeith Stanfield calls Daniel Craig “hoss” no fewer than 40 times.

    -Jamie Lee Curtis won’t stop looking into the camera and mouthing “I was in Halloween.”

    -Not a single knife.

    -Michael Shannon punching Chris Evans in the mouth.

    -Michael Shannon punching Dode in the mouth.

    -Michael Shannon punching me in the mouth (3D screening).

    -It’s actually a prequel to Brick? This actually didn’t really land tbh.

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★

    If common sense didn't do the trick, US should soundly put the "next Hitchcock" Peele hype to rest. It's not that he doesn't have a good grasp on suspense (or show a similar knack for walking the line between terror and tension); he seems altogether disinterested in walking that path. In US, Jordan Peele, a true horror devotee of the Fangoria generation, shows his hand: I think the man wants to make old-school genre horror. He's more Jacques Tourneur than…