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  • Mayhem

    Mayhem

    ★★½

    I had heard good things about this Mayhem, and liked what I saw in the brief glimpses of the trailer I allowed myself. So when I settled in to watch this, I was ready for a gleefully violent cinematic romp. But maybe I'm getting old and cranky, because I couldn't find a blood-coated sliver of joy in all these virally-induced office-bound slaughterings.

    I could cope with the toxically on-the-nose caricatures of modern office workers, spitting out extremely cliched snippets of…

  • Twenty Two

    Twenty Two

    ★★★★½

    Wonderfully naturalistic with a lack of overproduction. Puts you in a place with these people and never feels inauthentic. Commendably sheds light on a difficult subject. There's a really beautiful, if humble, funeral ceremony captured towards the end of the film that is worth the price of admission alone.

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  • The American Astronaut

    The American Astronaut

    ★★★★

    The best black and white comedy space western musical I've ever seen.

  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night

    ★★★★½

    It's probably fortuitous that this releases right after Twin Peaks has Returned, so that hopefully a portion of the audience is primed for something slowly paced with gorgeous, haunting shots in an eerie forest setting. A modest scale/scope for this picture, and lack of initial context, helps keeps the focus on tense character moments and atmosphere building. There are a few extremely telegraphed jump scares that still manage to be effective due to sheer loudness, and several parallel character dynamics…