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  • Women Talking

    ★★★★

  • Babylon

    ★★½

  • The Eternal Daughter

    ★★★★

  • A Wounded Fawn

    ★★★½

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  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★½

    If you fed BOOGIE NIGHTS, THE GREAT GATSBY, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, and ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD into an AI that makes movies, it'd spit out Damien Chazelle's BABYLON — a cocaine-dusted hodgepodge of ideas better explored elsewhere. I miss the guy who made WHIPLASH.

  • The Eternal Daughter

    The Eternal Daughter

    ★★★★

    Joanna Hogg's THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER is a dreamy and deeply moving ghost story with two dynamite performances by Tilda Swinton at its center. It's like THE SHINING if you took your mom to The Overlook instead of your wife and kid.

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  • Orphan: First Kill

    Orphan: First Kill

    ★★★★

    ORPHAN: FIRST KILL, the prequel to Jaume Collet-Serra's 2009 film, has no business being as good as it is. Like Mike Flanagan's OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL or Tobe Hooper's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2, it knows you have certain expectations and assumptions about what it will be and fucks with them gleefully. It's so much fun - Julia Styles is out of her goddamn mind, and star Isabelle Fuhrman is having a blast as the orphan herself, Esther.

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  • VFW

    VFW

    ★★★★½

    CUT ME OPEN AND TATTOO VFW ON MY HEART.

    For me, one of the most satisfying and viscerally thrilling cinematic plots is the siege scenario, in which an individual or a small group is barricaded or trapped — often in a single location — with overwhelming obstacles and unforeseeable circumstances they must overcome. The great thing about the siege motif is how malleable it is, appearing across a number of different genres; action (DIE HARD), comedy (HOME ALONE), drama (PANIC…