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  • Lifeforce

    Lifeforce

    ★★★

    Pretty sure this is the first time I've seen the 116-minute version. It remains patently ridiculous, just more enjoyably so. I can only imagine how brief the pitch was to get Steve Railsback — the third-string Tommy Lee Jones — to sign up for this. Patrick Stewart's brief appearance is simply sublime, and if you're generally a fan of hearing British thespians bringing gravitas to the most absurd nonsense possible, this is a 12/10.

  • The Beyond

    The Beyond

    ★★★★½

    Toward the hair-whitening Boschian scheme of the finale in “The Beyond,” a spider crawled forth from the cushions of our relatively new couch. Unlike the fully bulbous, hungry spiders that obliterate a character’s face — with some of the most disgusting Foley effects I’ve ever heard — this one was small and easily smashed. (Yes, I’ve repatriated spiders before. This one had the misfortunate of showing up after I’d spent several minutes watching its big brother devour someone in fiction.)…

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  • Q

    Q

    ★★★★

    Now this is what I expect of Larry Cohen — glorious B-movie trash with requisite cheapness, comedy and quirks worth celebrating. I don't know that I've ever seen David Carradine have such a great time mugging. Richard Roundtree has one of the finest exits from any movie I've seen this HoopTober. Michael Moriarty is there creating an honest-to-Quetzalcoatl character right in the middle of a movie about a giant, flying killer serpent. (And doing quite a convincing job of piano-scat singing.) Slasher film, creature feature and social satire about the early-1980s rot of get-rich-quick litigiousness and its at-all-costs encroachment on politics. All at once, all perfect.

  • Wind River

    Wind River

    ½

    Anyone proffering serious comparisons of Taylor Sheridan to Cormac McCarthy, the Coen Brothers or your preferred master of the bleak, noirish human condition is a delusional fool. Sheridan has written exactly one good movie ("Hell or High Water," in which casting and direction clearly made all the difference) and, thanks to the work of Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins on "Sicario," deluded people into thinking he wrote another one.

    "Wind River," Sheridan's third film as a screenwriter, is also his…