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  • The Death of Stalin

    The Death of Stalin

    ★★★½

    Steve Buscemi is *born* for this kind of role/film, and his performance never disappoints. The frenetic pace of the last 20 minutes keep the pitch black cynicism from curdling into outright horror...but only just barely.

  • Three Identical Strangers

    Three Identical Strangers

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I wanted so badly to reach into the screen and throttle that giggly “research assistant” lady. Banality of evil, indeed.

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  • Ain't Them Bodies Saints

    Ain't Them Bodies Saints

    ★★½

    You know what? I haven't watched BADLANDS in a while. Maybe I should watch BADLANDS again. Yeah, I think I'll do that. Watch BADLANDS again.

  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★

    Beneath the fears on the surface (STDs, date rape, parental abandonment) are the murkier and touchier fears (vulnerability, betrayal of trust, and death (and Death)), all presented with a languidly creepy circa-70s suburbia vibe that feels like TEXAS CHAINSAW crossed with VIRGIN SUICIDES. The explicit depiction of what happens to the victims falls flat, and it doesn't quite play fair with its own rules, but (like MYTH) the beating heart at the center of everything won't be denied.