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  • The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night


    There’s a lot to like here and a lot of good stuff done on a modest budget. I loved the lead performances by Sierra McCormick and Jake Horowitz, and thought director Andrew Patterson brought just enough formal polish and inventiveness to make the whole experience feel cinematic. By the time everything wraps up, the story felt more slight than I may have preferred, but this didn’t stop me from wanting to follow the careers of the people who worked on this project.

  • Shot Caller

    Shot Caller


    If it took itself just half a smidge less seriously, SHOT CALLER would be B-movie gold. In its current form, I still dug its mainlining genre goodness into my eyeballs even if Mr. Coster-Waldau never quite nails an American accent and even though I wish we had seen a bit more of his character’s transformation from cushy life corporate family man to hardened criminal mastermind.

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name


    CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is a lot of things you might not expect from a late year “prestige” film. It’s an experiential intimate drama centered on a small story where sensory details matter as much as plot. It’s a catapult for young star Timothée Chalamet (who also shines in this year’s LADY BIRD) and a reinvigoration for Armie Hammer (who feels more at home here than he does in most of his recent attempts at mainstream leading man flicks).…

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes


    The American blockbuster encourages prolonged adolescence in a way that's become tiresome. Maybe it's because the target demographic for blockbusters is supposedly adolescent males; maybe it's because the PG-13 rating mandated by most blockbusters requires filmmakers and studios to enter an adolescent state of mind to make something appealing to families; or maybe it's because culturally, we have entered a state of mind akin to collective arrested development. Whatever the reason, the American blockbuster is now comprised almost entirely of…