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  • Desolation

    ★★★

  • Den of Thieves

    ★★

  • 12 Strong

    ★★

  • The Road Movie

    ★★★½

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  • Desolation

    Desolation

    ★★★

    "The key to any good mystery or horror film is a sense of suspense, so of course that holds doubly true for a horror plot that hinges on a mystery. The key is to carefully tease out information to the audience so that they can get an inkling of what the inevitable big narrative twist is going to be, yet keeping enough information off the table that they aren’t quite able to figure it out. Desolation comes pretty dang close…

  • Den of Thieves

    Den of Thieves

    ★★

    "The bank robbery/heist movie has been made, broken down, and rebuilt about as many times as you could count. Den of Thieves believes it has something to add to the proceedings with its crass tale of brotherhood among thugs and dirty cops. Take a crack at its vulgar veneer and you’ll find something without an identity, incredibly hollow and constructed by years of genre tropes. Despite it being overall well-acted, director Christian Gudegast’s first feature is a trite and overlong…

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  • Le Secret de la chambre noire

    Le Secret de la chambre noire

    ★★★½

    "Something to note about ghost stories is that they aren’t always meant to frighten us, at least not in the visceral sense of monsters haunting you in the night. No, ghost stories hold a particular psychological fascination that other, less fantastical modes of storytelling do not, as ghosts are as much a product of our willingness to believe in them as they are the remnants of the formerly present. Spiritual apparitions, from a narrative standpoint, are external expressions of buried…

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★½

    "Good Time is both a natural progression of the Safdie Brothers’ scope and a rollicking, eh, good time. Imagine my elation to see these brothers, of whom I’m already very much in their stead, take influence from some of the best (Martin Scorsese and Walter Hill, to name two) and successfully integrate their empathy-driven style into one of the best films of the year. In their universe, everyone has a voice. Be it the strung-out junkie who just got out…