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  • The Slumber Party Massacre

    The Slumber Party Massacre

    ★★★★½

    Clever, funny, and well-crafted. The barebones narrative can be dull at times, but the choice to start with a straightforward slasher narrative feels deliberate and the film is quite a thoughtful examination of the connection between looking relations and patriarchal constructions of gender, both in horror cinema and society as a whole.

  • 31

    31

    ★★★★

    It’s definitely an example of Zombie repeating himself while borrowing a familiar narrative. Moreover, the sometimes-incoherent emphasis on rapid cutting, close-ups, and handheld camerawork feels uncharacteristically sloppy for a filmmaker who is so frequently more inspired. That said, a lot of the familiar stuff works well and Zombie remains a surprisingly thoughtful and humane director of grindhouse brutality.

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  • The Brothers Bloom

    The Brothers Bloom

    ★★★★★

    Charming, romantic, and impeccably crafted. Johnson’s touch occasionally seems too light, but in the end I think it’s appropriate for a film about the stories we tell to help us cope with pain.

  • One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

    One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

    ★★★★★

    In some ways, this feels like a career summation for Kunuk and is probably his most direct engagement with Canadian settler colonialism in his features. In that and other respects it is very different from his previous features, and it is certainly not as viscerally thrilling as Maliglutit or Atanarjuat; about an hour of the film is comprised of one extended scene of dialogue. It is astonishingly good, though, in large part due to the wonderful three central performances. As…