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  • The Underground Railroad

    ★★★★

  • Black Widow

    ★★★

  • Psycho Goreman

    ★★★★

  • Black Widow

    ★★★

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  • The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad

    ★★★★

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    Watching The Underground Railroad I found myself realizing that I’ve only ever seen each of Barry Jenkins’ films once. This, for me, is unusual, though I suppose for most folks it’s how movies are watched. I didn’t approach these works that way intentionally. It’s just that each of his films create such enveloping, nourishing emotional landscapes that I can call them up without a moment’s difficulty; and also, I admit, I have a hesitancy about engaging with works so fulsome…

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★★

    I sort of doubt BLACK WIDOW was designed to serve as a memento mori for the Scarlett Johansson character; more likely the script was being fucked around with for a couple years longer than had been in the game plan, and finally someone said "fuck it, let's just make the fucking thing" and by then it was consigned to be Black Widow's curtain call, released one (and then, two) years after her death. I do note that the character whose…

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  • Shadow in the Cloud

    Shadow in the Cloud

    ★★★★

    An absolute banger from start to finish — Roseanne Liang's command of craft is exquisite, and the grip of tension that this sucker puts you in never lets go from the moment the wheels go up. She's a major, major talent.

    Also: May very well have the best musical score of the year, or at least, the one I am going to buy immediately and listen to a thousand times. And Chloe Moretz's face was positively created for her to…

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★

    If you accept that everything we know was created in history’s biggest explosion — how are you not terrified every single day of your life?