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  • Jaws

    ★★★★★

  • The Painted Bird

    ★★★

  • The Match Factory Girl

    ★★★★

  • Sundown

    ★½

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  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    Hooper wears a denim shirt and tie when he performs the autopsy on the Tiger shark, which clearly mop up the fluids that spill out when he cuts the shark open, and he's wearing the same clothes the next morning when he meets the mayor.

  • The Painted Bird

    The Painted Bird

    ★★★

    Even if this didn't have Aleksei Kravchenko this would draw inevitable comparisons to Come and See: The drab Eastern-European milieu, the bombed-out villages pillaged by Axis armies, the ceaseless parade of horrors, the contradiction of the picturesque photography and the ghastly contents, etc.

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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…