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  • Mommy Dead and Dearest

    Mommy Dead and Dearest

    ★★★

    I've been fascinated with this case since I first heard about it and was excited to see an in-depth documentary focused on it. Mommy Dead and Dearest does a workmanlike job with the complicated, ethically confusing subject. It's not a world-altering documentary, but a perfectly suitable bit of true crime storytelling.

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation

    ★★★★

    Been meaning to watch this for ages. I thought I would love it, and sure enough, I did. Hell of a movie about wrestling with grief and the abject horror of watching a loved one turn into someone completely different than the person you knew. Killer final scene, also.

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★½

    What a gorgeous movie. It's rare for modern sci-fi to be this thoughtful. I can see how some folks could read this as a little too sentimental, but it worked beautifully for me.

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★★

    Tons has been said about Get Out already, and I suspect much more will be. It's easily one of the finest horror films of the last 5 to 10 years.

    One element that stood out to me more than anything is how Get Out so painlessly blends humor and horror. This shouldn't be shocking with the brilliant comedian Jordan Peele directing, but in viewing it really drove home to me how close terror and comedy are to each other, and…