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  • Destination Wedding

    ★★★½

  • Local Hero

    ★★★★½

  • Station Eleven

    ★★★½

  • Being John Malkovich

    ★★★★

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  • Destination Wedding

    Destination Wedding

    ★★★½

    This begins as an insufferably overwritten romantic comedy and quickly evolves into a constrained volley of playfully hostile observations between two of your most favorite actors from the 1990s. They are the only two characters in the entire film, and it's full of uninterrupted shots in which they just insult the crap out of each other. Unexpectedly charming.

  • Local Hero

    Local Hero

    ★★★★½

    Imagine a version of The Wicker Man in which Sgt. Howie is summoned back to the mainland, gazing forlornly back in the direction of Summerisle whose residents continue in their unadulterated and idyllic existence. My second of Forsyth's films, both are gems.

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  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    Sorry people, this is just violently antithetical to my tastes.

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★½

    For the first third or so this is ominous and self-serious in the tradition characteristic of all cerebral sci-fi movies, which permits a precariously narrow margin of error. So when a line of dialogue is delivered amusingly, or the appearance of a CGI creature isn’t convincingly material enough, the laughter that follows is concentrated because it’s been stifled for the time leading up to it—because up until this moment you don’t know if it’s going to fall on the side…