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  • Mean Girls
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Beetlejuice
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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  • A Concerto Is a Conversation

    ★★★½

  • Scanners

    ★★★★

  • Eternals

    ★★★★

  • Carrie

    ★★½

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  • Scanners

    Scanners

    ★★★★

    I have at one point claimed that A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 was the first film to notably fuse superhero and horror tropes; I rescind that statement. This is it. This is X-Men with exploding heads, and I think it is a great time.

    This film is shot through with Cronenberg's special, peculiarly detached lens that treats the body horror coldly and clinically. The script is tight, which is impressive given the legend that Cronenberg was literally writing the…

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★½

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    Everyone knows that you often can't judge the quality of a movie by its first act. That's why it seems to be such a universally accepted rule that, if a film isn't catching your interest, you should give it a good 30-40 minutes to pick up because often that first act is very expository and things don't "get good" until we are moving into act 2.

    I think the less well-documented corollary to this is that often,…

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  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★★★

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    This might well be the first Marvel flick primed to achieve cult status, if the notable disparity between critic and audience reviews is any indication. It reminds me of how DCEU movies manage to pick up devout audience followings despite tepid critical reception, which is notable as this is the first Marvel movie that seems to deliberately be aping the aesthetics of Warner Bros.' DC movies, particularly those helmed by Zack Snyder.

    This movie doesn't entirely break…

  • Carrie

    Carrie

    ★★½

    Kimberly Pierce's workmanlike remake displays some competence of craft, even as it fails completely to justify its own existence. I hate to spend a ton of time comparing this film to Brian De Palma's magnificent 1976 classic, as one would hope this film could stand ably on its own, but unfortunately, this near-shot-for-shot remake seems to be inviting that comparison. Needless to say, this interpretation is found wanting.

    By all accounts, the derivativeness of this remake is hardly Pierce's fault.…

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  • American Psycho

    American Psycho

    ★★★★★

    My first exposure to Christian Bale came in the form of his Batman in the Dark Knight movies, where he plays a fairly vanilla leading man type. I had no idea how insanely talented he really is 'til I saw this for the first time as a teen.

    This movie is absolutely hilarious and completely horrifying while also having some real shit to say. It has aged like a fine wine, has a cast that has only grown more impressive over the decades, and has the best ironic use of licensed music this side of Reservoir Dogs. A masterpiece.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    ★★★★½

    Its mad how quickly and completely this franchise bounced back after its mediocre and strangely disconnected second entry. This film is Elm Street at its most unrestrained and fun, thanks to the return of Wes Craven in the writer's seat and the adoption of new director Chuck Russell. Russell gives the film a darkly playful, expressionistic visual identity that almost feels Burtonesque at times (and we're talking down-and-dirty, 80s-era Burton). Unpopular opinion, but this is my favorite Elm Street flick,…