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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

    There's something really cathartic about watching a horror movie with the group of strangers, especially when the movie is really effective. It's like a vacuum that sucks the air out of the room and everyone anticipates the next moment of unease.

    I had that experience watching Hereditary and though I'm not sure it will be as effective the second time, the emotional breakdown in the first half is so real, I expect it will make for excellent re-watch value. Plus it's the kind of thing you want to share with everyone you know.

    Even if, immediately after watching it, I was completely unsettled.

  • Howards End

    Howards End

    ★★★½

    For some odd reason, I always assumed I'd seen this but after watching the miniseries, I realized that if I had seen it (which I'm not convinced I had), it was so long ago I may as well have never seen it before!

    It's fun to be reminded that at some point, Anthony Hopkins did display emotion, though the real charm here is, as usual, Emma Thompson who just charms her way through the entire thing. Her and Hopkins' moments of glee are wonderful.

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  • Melancholia

    Melancholia

    ★★★★

    I’ve liked, though not always enjoyed. Lars von Trier’s offerings over the past few years but for some reason, likely the combination of length and expectation, Melancholia escaped me. With his new film due for festival runs this winter, the time seemed ripe to catch up with his 2011 offering. Why did I wait so long?

    Undeniably beautiful, Melancholia is also my favourite of von Trier’s works. It’s his exploration of a woman suffering through depression on her wedding day…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★

    I have a few issues with it - namely the motivation behind one of the central moments in the 3rd act and a too-long action sequence - but otherwise, it's a total lovefest.

    At one point, I was so joyously happy, I even got a little teary-eyed.