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  • The Strangers: Prey at Night

    The Strangers: Prey at Night

    ★★★½

    A good sequel mainly because it doesn't try to be the original. Instead, it aims to be an 80s throwback slasher film that wears its influences heartily on its sleeves. It has no spatial awareness unlike the original. Its characters make stupid decisions unlike the characters in the original. But once the swimming pool scene hits--which may become one of my favorite cinematic scenes of the year--the film becomes more intriguing in that Bertino (the writer/director of the original) aims to undo the mythos of the strangers themselves. It's a smart move and made for a surprisingly enjoyable watch.

  • Molly's Game

    Molly's Game

    ★★½

    I was almost able to give Sorkin credit for being more loose in his scripting but it ended up being laziness and a lack of creativity. Even Costner’s parental moment of grace felt forced where it wouldn’t have in a Greg Berlanti script. It’s a shame that Chastain wasn’t given the script she is capable of and that Idris was given a script that he could overshoot. Sorkin wasn’t able to live up to the actors he acquired. He wasn’t…

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  • Free Fire

    Free Fire

    ★★★★

    Enclosed space. Well drawn characters. A whodunit twist thrown in to unbalance the audience. A lot of shooting. A lot of missing. A lot of ricochets. A lot of crawling around with minor (and major) gun-related injuries. This may have been the perfect movie for me. I need to see it again to make sure. All I know is Ben Wheatley is a beast.

  • Believe Me

    Believe Me

    ★★★½

    "Christian film" is such a combative term on both sides of the divide. There are those who hear that description and automatically presuppose the film's suckiness--and that goes for both believer and nonbeliever alike. Then there are those who hear the term and embrace it with all of the voracity they can muster and expect to have nice, tidy happy endings--this is only believers. Believe Me will disappoint both crowds.

    First, it isn't sucky, at all. Matter of fact, it…