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  • Demonlover
  • New Rose Hotel
  • The Time to Live and the Time to Die
  • The River

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  • Awakenings

    ★★★

  • The Devil's Advocate

    ★★★

  • Dashcam

  • A Better Tomorrow

    ★★★½

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  • Men

    Men

    ★★★

    After personal trauma, a protagonist retreats to a secluded location for solace and inner reconciliation only to be further haunted. The set-up is familiar to many a horror film, but with Men being an Alex Garland creation, something more peculiar lurks behind this surface. A blend of the compact thrills of Ex Machina and the surreal oddities of Annihilation, his latest is delightfully inscrutable in its strangest moments yet thematically simplistic and disappointingly misshapen on the whole. Using misogyny—both subtly…

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★

    Whether the dread-inducing rituals of witches or a turpentine-fueled descent into hysteria, Robert Eggers’ cinema is of unflinching immersion. Trapped in the center of symmetrical frames and surrounded by immaculate production design, the only escape for his characters’ fury seems to be bounding off the screen onto the audience themselves. The effect oscillates between entrancing and grating, wearing one down until there’s no choice but to succumb to the mania and plunge into the madness. A considerable step up in…

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  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★

    Only Steven Spielberg could make a shot of someone standing in a puddle one of the most beautiful images of the year.

  • Bright

    Bright

    "I'm going to be honest with you. I don't fuck with no fairies."
    "Fairy lives don't matter today!"
    "Dude, you can't go through elf town!"

    Will Smith says all of these lines with an earnest conviction in Bright, then there's still 1 hour and 45 minutes left.