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  • Luce

    Luce

    ★★★

    Another example of how much of a mixed bag plays adapted for the screen can be. The film is a showcase for the fantastic performances across the board, but occasionally feels like it’s showing its hand while also attempting subtlety. The questions it poses are certainly intriguing ones that deserve further exploration and contemplation, but the screenplay here often does the films themes a disservice.

  • The Poughkeepsie Tapes

    The Poughkeepsie Tapes

    ★★★

    This movie is a damn mess with horrible acting and no sense of pacing, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t have some of the most unsettling imagery I’ve seen in a horror flick.

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★½

    This is a big, dumb, nonsensical mess.

  • Martyrs

    Martyrs

    ★★★★

    Considering how brutal and difficult to watch this is, it’s kind of amazing I’m writing this after seeing it for a fifth time. There’s just something about this films presentation and exploration of its themes through brutal imagery and visceral, tense horror that just works so much better than many of its fellow hardcore horror films do.

    I still can’t quite put my finger on exactly what it is about this film that I find so beautiful, but for some reason it keeps pulling me back.