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  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely stunning in 4K and a reminder that young Spielberg was a force of cinematic nature.

  • It

    It

    ★★★★

    Director Andy Muschietti’s It, the second adaptation of Stephen King’s beloved 1986 horror tome, isn’t overly terrifying. It doesn’t convey a consistent sense of dread. Nor is it any more gruesome that what you find on basic cable on a weekly basis these days. But It is a classically constructed horror film (itself, a rarity these days) that is wildly successful at everything it does try to do. The movie is exciting, funny and heartfelt. It’s just scary enough that…

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  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★

    An effective and minimalist horror flick with a great concept and an even greater synth-driven score. (And the latter isn't the only thing that will make you think of John Carpenter here.) Maika Monroe plays Jay, a bored suburban teen who has sex with her newest fling in a parked car and ends up relentlessly stalked by a methodical supernatural entity as a result. Sure, the film is a metaphor for STDs and the dangers of intimacy, but writer/director David…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★

    Three years ago, David Fincher took a sleazy best-seller called The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, did some Fincher-y things to it as he adapted it for the screen, and ended up with a pretty entertaining film that was never going to be mistaken for one of his best movies but made for a compelling watch nonetheless. Cut to present day, when he’s taken a sleazy best-seller called Gone Girl, done some Fincher-y things to it, and ended up with…