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  • The Cursed

    ★★★½

  • The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

    ★★½

  • Before I Go to Sleep

    ★★

  • Orgasm Inc: The Story of OneTaste

    ★½

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  • The Cursed

    The Cursed

    ★★★½

    In its larger narrative stakes, there's not much new here: just trying to keep some morally-grey characters from being killed by a big beastie.

    And in half of its smaller narrative moves, this regurgitates a slew of familiar cliches.

    But, in the other half of its smaller narrative moves, Ellis presents fresh ideas and story moves with which (depressingly so many) other movies wouldn't bother.

    So, all in all, I found this film to refreshingly rise above the pack of the vast majority of horror films these days.

  • The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

    The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

    ★★½

    Frustrating. An important story that unfortunately begs two questions for every impactful point it makes. Aesthetically, it's a good film: the music and editing and so forth are good. Had the film been more thorough, I'd be happy to sing this film's praises. But it's just too scattershot.

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  • The Dead Zone

    The Dead Zone

    ★★★★

    Cronenberg's many strengths do not generally include particularly strong plotting - which is why this film is so darn good. The plot's already been taken care of, and Cronenberg's moody direction, Walken's powerful performance, and Kamen's sad-scary score mix together to create wonderful genre cinema.

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★

    There’s this moment in some horror movies when the movie gets to its equivalent of a song’s “bridge”: the melody of the verses and the chorus drops away and is replaced by something else. HEREDITARY tries to stay in that place for its entirety. The result is a film that - even though it is often masterful - just simply doesn’t have enough tonal range to support a feature- length narrative. Some of the blame for this goes to whoever…