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  • Spirited Away
  • His Girl Friday
  • The Tree of Life
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  • Prince of Darkness

    ★★½

  • Shiva Baby

    ★★★½

  • Pig

    ★★★½

  • The Sound of Music

    ★★★★★

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  • Prince of Darkness

    Prince of Darkness

    ★★½

    A team of scientists gets locked down with a horrifying menace, but as Carpenter goes this lacks the brutal efficiency of The Thing or Assault on Precinct 13 or the personality of They Live. Despite being research scientists the group is less perceptive than teens in a slasher as they wander around the eerie halls, dopey mouths agape to receive the devil's change-o goo.

    The religious angle, mostly debated by Donald Pleasance and Victor Wong sharing a delicate plate of…

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★½

    Finally, somebody sticks it to those snooty classical music DJs.

    Pig has a similar inciting incident to any other Aging Agent of Vengeance movie. Criminals administer a beatdown and a loved one - in this case a prize truffle pig - gets kidnapped. Nick Cage takes his particular set of skills (cooking) and enters the underworld of Portland high cuisine which resembles a hipster Food Network show as imagined by Craig Zahler.

    I enjoyed the movies' upturning of man-on-a-mission tropes.…

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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★

    The unbroken shots in Children of Men created a deliberate cinematic effect, framing our attention and paying mind to pace, using the technique to add a unique element of choreography that complimented the goals of the story. Birdman created an atmosphere of time slipping away as doubt and self-destruction threaten to destroy a play as we hurtle toward its opening. In 1917 Sam Mendes has simply found a more difficult way to achieve something conventional. It's a cinematic lipogram.

    There…

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★

    The most surprising thing about this medieval France Rashomon is how little the remembered accounts of the three characters differ in their basic facts, only disputing the degree of Matt Damon's loserdom. The movie tips in favor of Julie Comer's character, letting the first two words linger a little longer on the intertitle announcing "The Truth According to Lady Marguerite." These more overt nods to the reckoning with the poor treatment of sexual assault victims threaten to mangle the film…