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  • Jaws
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Harakiri
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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  • Men

    ★★★

  • Child 44

    ★★

  • The Evil Dead

    ★★★★

  • Peggy Sue Got Married

    ★★★

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  • Men

    Men

    ★★★

    "What are you?"

    Echoes of the past and present collide with merciless horror—domestic, psychological, and folkloric—in Men, Alex Garland’s feverish commentary that lands with varying effect. There’s little doubt in the craft on display. Garland and cinematographer Rob Hardy deliver the meticulous imagery of their prior collaborations as editor Jake Roberts holds a confident grip on the story’s tension, all of which are underscored by Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow’s ghostly orchestrations. On a performative level, the tight cast boasts…

  • Child 44

    Child 44

    ★★

    "There is no murder in paradise."

    Such a chore. Fails to valuably communicate the magnitude of its overarching political circumstances while also lacking any true sense of effective suspense behind the central murder mystery. There’s no questioning the production value on screen. This is a handsomely mounted effort, the set decoration and wardrobe each lending an aesthetic authenticity to the film. The dramatic abilities of the cast are equally commendable with Tom Hardy and Noomi Repace in strong form while…

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  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★★

    "This is a twisted web, and we are not finished untangling it, not yet."

    Crackling with a spirited originality made all the more pleasurable by the utter adoration for the narrative's influences, Rian Johnson's Knives Out is a whodunit for the ages; an irresistible, topical, and devilishly entertaining stroke of taut brilliance whose Christie-inspired roots find themselves simultaneously revered and rejuvenated with equal shades of Hitchcock, Columbo, and the filmmaker's genre-melding aptitude. The grasp on the assorted threads in play…

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★★

    "The stars are ageless, aren't they?"

    That feeling. You know it, don't you? We've all been there. Your heartbeat quickens, your eyes widen, your breath slows. Hairs stand on end. It's as though you fade from reality, if only for a handful of fleeting yet transcendent moments as the frames burn themselves across every peak and valley of the mind. The reaction is unquestionable, utterly unstoppable. Emotional, chemical, something beyond. Whatever the hell it is, it's happening; the answers to…