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  • The Innocents

    ★★★★½

  • The Poughkeepsie Tapes

  • All My Friends Hate Me

    ★★★★

  • Coming Home in the Dark

    ★★★

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  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    ★★★★½

    "Bring out the perverts."

    The Bird with the Crystal Plumage was the directorial debut of Dario Argento, and it is widely credited for catapulting the Giallo movement of the 70s into popularity. And it's easy to see why. But what I find most compelling about the film is how it showcases the filmmaker's burgeoning style. More straightforward than Argento-directed films that followed, it's easy to see the little touches that would become the director's trademark -- the use of brilliant…

  • Destroyer

    Destroyer

    ★★★★½

    Nicole Kidman's performance in Destroyer is an acting masterclass. Her nuanced yet multifaceted take on her character is mesmerizing, hypnotic, and so well executed that the film doesn't really need anything else. But then comes the climax of the film, where you must reassess everything that's been shown before it in a totally different light, and that's when you realize that the film is not only finely acted, but also finely written. I was left speechless as the credits rolled. It was exhilarating to see an amazing actress at the top of her game, and a well written move that deserved her performance.

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  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    ★★★½

    "Every decision we ever make, who do we leave behind? And how do we leave them? Waiting in the darkness, but the rescuer never comes."

    Playful, action-packed, funny, and heartfelt, I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Not that I didn't expect to enjoy it, but I didn't expect to enjoy it this much.

    The film rides on Tom Hardy, and he always delivers. I've not yet seen a Tom Hardy film where he is not the best thing about…

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★½

    "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes..."

    Wow. Just wow.

    The set design and cinematography in The Tragedy of Macbeth are next level. The film is truly a feast for the eyes, and unlike anything I've ever seen before.

    The performances are masterclass by both the lead and supporting cast. Denzel Washington gives the performance of his career. Frances McDormand is transcendent.

    I fear that those who have never read Macbeth may give up about 30…

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  • Excision

    Excision

    ★★★

    "Solely based on the definition, I don't know a teenager that doesn't profile as a sociopath."

    I expected Excision to be a film focused purely on body horror, but I found it to be much more complex than that. A little bit drama, a little bit (very) dark comedy, a little bit horror, the film navigates its varying tone without losing its way, which is a feat unto itself.

    The lead performance by AnnaLynne McCord is next level. It's clear…

  • Demons

    Demons

    ★★★

    "She put on that mask and scratched herself, get it? Because of that scratch, she became a demon. An instrument of evil..."

    If you're a fan of 80s Italian horror, and cheesy and over-the-top gore, you will not be disappointed by Demons. Co-scripted by Dario Argento, with a simple yet effective premise, Demons is pure joy for genre aficionados.