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  • Sinister

    Sinister

    ★★★½

    [61/100]

    For me, Sinister had a lot of the elements that make a great horror movie: a strong sense of location and space (in the creepy hallways of the house), a flair of the personal (in Ethan Hawke's obsessive, near-alcoholic writer), a creepy score, a cool original setpiece (Ellison's iPhone-lit wander through the house). In general I found it pretty scary, and effective at transporting the viewer into Ellison's freaked-out but curious headspace.

    Some of the decisions here are just…

  • The Falling

    The Falling

    ★★

    [34/100]

    From start to finish, there was something excruciating about getting through The Falling, despite a number of positive qualities. Among them: a varied and manic lead performance by Maisie Williams, an unexpressed undertone of the occult, an unsettling mood and personal point of view, and a narrative that keeps the viewer guessing - forever, really, as it never resolves itself.

    In The Falling, depending on your interpretation, there's either a confident artistic vision or a pretentious splatter-on-the-walls approach. In…

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  • The Warriors

    The Warriors

    ★★★★

    This was a true B-movie in the best way possible. The whole thing was like a cartoon world come to life - goofy gangs in their hilarious costumes trying to prevent the cowboy-vested Warriors from making their way back home to Coney Island. What I really loved was the use of space. It was extremely atmospheric, and the settings were wonderfully fleshed out, like the levels of a video game. Each scene, the Warriors encounter a new location, like a…

  • Broadcast News

    Broadcast News

    ★★★★½

    I love how this is so carefully constructed, projecting an instantly classic feeling despite its sprawl. The three primary characters are a great foundation for the story, each with a distinctive personality possessing something that the others lack. Meanwhile, it's a joy to watch them interact, filmed with a perspective that often shifts dynamically from person to person. This is epitomized in the work party scene, with cameras that track in circles as the members of the news crew move…