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  • The Northman

    ★★★★

  • Sideways

    ★★★½

  • Deep Water

    ★★½

  • One Cut of the Dead

    ★★★½

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  • Escape Room

    Escape Room

    ★★★

    still have no idea if the tacked-on sequel hook at the end of this movie is gloriously stupid or just stupid. the downtown diner sequence is pretty great either way. deborah ann woll and tyler labine too

  • Scream 2

    Scream 2

    ★★★★

    It's kind of hard to quantify this as my favourite entry in the franchise in some respects. I don't think any of its individual parts necessarily rise to the level of the original film's opening sequence (still the franchise's high point for me). The new characters are only really distinguishable because of the people playing them. The scrappy underdog energy of the first film is replaced with something that feels slightly more polished, slightly less subversive.

    That said, it's still…

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  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★

    The only sequel I've ever seen that not only betters the original, but also makes the original better in retrospect. Linklater brings his usual excellent sense of time and place to Before Sunset, and the second encounter between Celine and Jesse is even more poignant than the first.

    Hawke is just as excellent here as he is in the first: he's fantastic with the dialogue, but my favourite moment of his performance is on the boat, with Hawke watching Delpy…

  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★★★

    Jennifer Kent's follow-up to The Babadook also centres on a traumatised woman. Where that film confined itself largely to the domestic space, however, The Nightingale uses the landscape of 19th-century Australia as the canvas for a kind of revisionist western. Revisionist westerns are more common in the 21st century than the classical form, of course, but The Nightingale is powered by a distinctly feminine fury. Kent's choice to shoot in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio deprives viewers of the panoramic vistas…