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  • The Strangers: Prey at Night

    The Strangers: Prey at Night

    ★★★★

    Like Happy Death Day last year, The Strangers: Prey at Night remixes the great films of horror past to ask what makes great horror present -- this time, in addition to story tropes is also iconography: a little Evil Dead title card here, some Carpenter lens flares there (with a burning car photographed quite like the titular Plymouth in Christine), a Texas Chain Saw Massacre ending to top it all off. Strangers 2 is not interested in puncturing genre myth,…

  • Happy Death Day

    Happy Death Day

    ★★★★

    This may not be the best horror movie of 2017, but it's certainly the most interesting. It's one of those films we'll look back on and say "wow, that really reflects the period it was made in" or "this is totally about the _____ that was plaguing society of the day" etc, etc. First and foremost, you could write a really compelling essay about this film as a college rape epidemic analog (not that it is particularly subtle) -- lots…

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  • The Hurricane Heist

    The Hurricane Heist

    ★★½

    More like The Hurricane and the Heist. And half of it is tornado shit, but whatever.

  • Gilda

    Gilda

    ★★★★½

    Practically perfect form. I have seen very few films with this level of synergy between writing, acting, and directing. So many brutal exchanges between people that absolutely despise each other, and so many subtle movements that give their true feelings away. Essential cinema.

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  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★½

    I'm glad the poison was also wasabi, otherwise I wouldn't have known it was set in Japan

  • Happy Death Day

    Happy Death Day

    ★★★½

    This is simultaneously the best and worst thing I've ever seen.