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  • God's Not Dead

    God's Not Dead

    They Photoshopped Adam’s junk out of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★½

    Best dance sequence since Ex Machina.

  • High School

    High School

    ★★★★

    What a time capsule. A 1968 high school faculty struggles to maintain the conformist status quo with a changing world beating at the door. When Vietnam finally comes to the fore after hovering in the background for much of the film, it’s a wrenching indictment.

  • Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion

    Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion

    ★★½

    Mostly irredeemably sadistic trash, but its periodic flashes of artfulness—and Meiko Kaji’s withering glare—are enough to recommend it.

  • The Haunting of Hill House

    The Haunting of Hill House

    ★★★

    Has its moments (including what is possibly the highest quality jump scare of this decade), but taken as a whole it’s overwritten, too long, too polished, and too corny.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★

    It may be the first in the series (other than the original) to have a director and screenwriters with name recognition, but this is just another Halloween sequel, thankfully nothing less but certainly nothing more. It’s pretty boring.

    Also, is there any greater talent in Hollywood who is as routinely wasted as Judy Greer is?

  • Apostle

    Apostle

    ★★½

    The director of The Raid putting his spin on The Wicker Man sure sounds like fun, and Apostle starts off with promise, with a wild-eyed Dan Stevens lurching around a muddy village of Victorian cultists. But the movie kneecaps itself before the halfway mark, rushing to resolve the most interesting aspects of its plot in favor of making a gonzo, gore-soaked spectacle of the superfluous remainder.

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★

    What a mess. I’m sympathetic to what Sorry to Bother You has to say about the intersection of capitalism, exploitation, and racism, but all of its statements, like all of its jokes, are blared from a megaphone and continue long after their point is made. Its amateur-hour vibe is far more tedious than charming, its gonzo satire is self-conscious, and its progressive politics are undercut by its lone female character functioning primarily as a trophy.

  • The Secret of Kells

    The Secret of Kells

    ★★★

    The underlying narrative seems sound, but the mythology driving it is vague and the stakes aren’t really made clear. It’s a short movie but I had to watch it in two sittings because I was getting restless. Visually, however, The Secret of the Kells is an unparalleled stunner, worthy of its namesake.

  • Three Identical Strangers

    Three Identical Strangers

    ★★★

    There’s a helluva story here, but this documentary is more interested in entertaining than enlightening, and at least one of the conclusions it draws is downright insulting.

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★½

    Hello, I am a seasoned veteran of all manner of deranged horror films, and I watched most of this through my fingers.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    Discretion is the better part of valor. Heroism ≠ leadership. I think I enjoyed this even more the second time.