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  • Revenge

    Revenge

    ★★★

    Fierce.

    While it follows the expected story beats of a revenge tale in general, and more specifically the rape-revenge sub-genre (tiny though it is), the lead character's actions (and reactions) are well-established, entirely logical and assuredly authentic.

    The men are, of course, disgusting and irredeemable, to a point far past human recognition. They are, in a very real sense of the word, animals, and that's fine for a horror movie.

    Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz is far, far better than her…

  • Evil Dead

    Evil Dead

    ★★★

    Very solid premise enables the outpouring of excessive quantities of blood and body fluids; amps up the already-extreme violence in the original to unbelievable levels for a major Hollywood studio release.

    Wise decision to keep pretty much everything as sober-minded as possible, until it steps over the line and embraces its own ridiculous nature without too much winking or patting itself on the back, instead just smothering everything in gore.

    Top-notch performances by Jane Levy and Lou Taylor Pucci.

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  • Blue Jasmine

    Blue Jasmine

    ★★★★

    Extraordinary, ignorant, belittling, audacious, stupid, perceptive, maddening: a 20-mph rollercoaster, rowing against the wind.

  • The Forest

    The Forest

    ★★½

    Can't see the forest for all the jump scares.