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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★½

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

    Just like The Witch, this had me HOOKED right up until the very last scene... and then it completely blew it in an utterly literal, audience-wanking, hand-holding genre exercise. Why do so many of A24's horror films seem to be incapable of sticking the landing? It's 2018 and many of us have seen a few horror films. There's no reason whatsoever that a script needs to spell things out so literally for an audience. It's the cinematic equivalent of punching…

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★

    I guess this was entertainment, but it's the first time a film in the SW franchise felt utterly, totally inessential. So much of the film just feels underwritten, and while I wasn't BORED, I definitely felt like there wasn't anything happening onscreen that really justified this film's existence. Glover, Ehrenreich, Harrelson, et. al. do a... fine job with what the script dictates, but that feels like damning with faint praise.

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★½

    What happens when a director finally crawls all the way up his own asshole and reappears out the singularity at the other side?