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  • Nightride

    ★★★½

  • The Bubble

  • Slumberland

    ★★★½

  • Falling for Christmas

    ★★★

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  • Jennifer Eight

    Jennifer Eight

    ★★★★

    Writer-director Bruce Robinson’s ruthlessly oppressive but relentlessly impressive 1992 serial-killer thriller arrived after he earned an Oscar nomination for his screenwriting work on 1984’s "The Killing Fields" and delivered the British cult classic "Withnail and I" in 1987, Robinson wrote "Jennifer 8" in an effort to establish himself as a Hollywood voice. To read Robinson’s script is to survey a tried-and-true template of tough, terse mystery storytelling, and Robinson’s instinct for character-driven complications to the film’s central investigation are realized in compelling ways.

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  • Bones and All

    Bones and All

    ★★★½

    The cattle have cousins. Always. Or children. Mothers and fathers. Lifelong friends. The provenance of the herd doesn’t matter. Neither does whether they can vocalize their feelings or simply spend their lives roaming in fields. No matter the volume or vastness of memory, there is always a community left behind after a predator rips apart its prey. But the same must hold true for the predators, for the violence with which they feed is often a biological imperative rather than…

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  • Nightride

    Nightride

    ★★★½

    1. Perception is reality.
    2. But also: Fancying yourself James Caan in “Thief” doesn’t necessarily make you James Caan in “Thief.”
    3. It all comes back to Mann.

  • The Bubble

    The Bubble

    Not the worst movie about dinosaurs — computer-generated and comedic here — this year but certainly close. What an embarrassment for everyone involved.

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  • Riding the Bus with My Sister

    Riding the Bus with My Sister

    There’s an Ari Aster movie in here somewhere.

  • The Dirt

    The Dirt

    ★★

    "The Dirt" opens with narration that condemns the 1980s as “the worst fucking decade in human history.” Stupid hair. Shitty clothes. “It fucking sucked,” sneers Nikki Sixx. Moments later, Tommy Lee brings a woman to squirting cunnilingual climax in front of a crowd of cheering partygoers.

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