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  • The Box

    The Box

    ★★★

    The Box might’ve been better if it had remained a simple dark morality tale like the short story and “Twilight Zone” episode that inspired it. Richard Kelly winds that twisted fable around a vast Invasion of the Body Snatchers riff that spirals out of control but never fails to engage us. The “worst” Richard Kelly movie is still a cut above the predictable genre fare you’d get from most of the rest.

  • Nosferatu

    Nosferatu

    ★★★★½

    Quite possibly still the supreme horror icon. Doesn’t even need sync sound to be unsettling. It’s incredible how these images can retain such potency nearly 100 years later.

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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★★

    My #1 film of 2019.

    The upcoming Oscar race just got a lot more competitive.

    One of 2019's last releases to screen for critics and awards voters, Sam Mendes' 1917 was the final remaining question mark of the past decade in cinema. It turns out, the 2010s decided to go out with a bang.

    1917 is a stunning technical achievement, a war epic unfolding in a single continuous shot, with only one temporal interruption in the narrative (when our lead…

  • Before Midnight

    Before Midnight

    ★★★★

    Before Midnight opens with Jesse, now in his forties, dropping son Hank off at a Greek airport. It's hard for Jesse to see Hank go, because while Jesse lives it up in France with his longtime partner Celine (they're not married), his son must return to Jesse's ex-wife in Chicago and grow up largely fatherless. That's the price of true love.

    Before Sunrise was a romantic fantasy about strangers meeting cute in Vienna and giving in to red-hot passion. Before…