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  • Murder Party

    Murder Party

    ★★★★

    Grad school pretentiousness taken too far in this hilariously quirky, gore-filled mini-masterpiece about one man's battle against snide artistic ambition. Damn MF'nAs!

  • Scarecrows

    Scarecrows

    ★★½

    Cutthroat thieves on the midst of turning on each other find themselves hunted by murderous scarecrows. Motivated violence meets violence for its own sake in this nasty, gory, Predator-like slasher.

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  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★★

    Gus Van Sant is certainly capable of making some unsuccessful films, but he is too talented and intelligent a director to have simply believed that a (mostly) shot-for-shot remake of Psycho would have been an unproblematic exercise. Criticizing Van Sant for doing so seems like the same type of laziness that the film's detractors assume of Van Sant. The remake deserves a significant reappraisal that considers the relationship between the two films rather than a zero-sum competition that prizes the…

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★

    Did I walk into a preview screening of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood? Is it possible Goddard beat Tarantino to the punch with a Tarantino-esque take on the death of the Sixties? As entertaining as this was (and I was entertained) and as much as I don't want Goddard pigeonholed into the M. Night Shyamalan trap (obliged to some self-referential twist like in Cabin in the Woods), I do wish that Bad Times was ultimately more than a bunch…