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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★½

    Peele (understandably) seems to have a much better grasp on comedy than horror, but maybe that’ll come along, because he does seem to have a decent eye, and he knows where to put a camera. However, the satirical bent of let’s say, PART I, far outpaces the horrific bent of PART II when everyone turns out to be eeeevilllll (which I still think is a cop out). It plays like a racial STEPFORD WIVES and plays on that fear/paranoia of…

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation

    ★★★★

    Nicely multi-layered thriller that has as much on its mind about grief, new-age weirdness, social niceties at the expense of reality etc. as it does in causing as much unease as possible. The long, controlled first hour and 20 firmly grounds the film and the characters, which makes for a far more tense climax than other, more “intense” horror/thrillers.

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  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★★

    Stunning. This might be a 10 on another viewing just because it is so knotty and there’s no way I caught everything that is wonderful about this film. But I caught a lot. Best blocking of any film ever? Probably. Best sunglasses? Definitely. This is a goddam motion picture, folks. And please, my God, anyone who is planning to make a movie that makes use of space (every movie ever), please study how this film makes sure that we know exactly where everyone is in relation to everyone else at all times. Study that tailing scene in the streets! Study it!

  • Next

    Next

    ★★

    The shot of Nic Cage looking at Jessica Biel when the kid says, “he looks at you the way my brother looks at his girlfriend” belongs in the Louvre. Throw out the Mona Lisa. Throw it all out. We have reached the top.