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  • Thoroughbreds



    My wife, as we were leaving the theater: “Was that supposed to be pervy?”

  • Death Car on the Freeway

    Death Car on the Freeway


    Two minutes of most movie car chase scenes will confirm that Hal Needham was some kind of genius.

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  • The Shallows

    The Shallows


    Most effective as a subverted Disney princess movie: The male dreamboat turns up too late to do much good, and doesn't even take measures to keep his beloved from choking on her own spit-up; the cute animal sidekick considers said spit-up a meal; the villain can't wait to make a meal out of our heroine; she buys him lunch.

    Least effective as a scary shark movie: The CGI monster is too weightless to be menacing, and it's grumpy and vindictive…

  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night


    The title’s practically meaningless, a lure to get inveterate horror fans to sit still for a movie that pivots on loss, lies, attachment fear, bloodthirsty patriarchal ineptitude, and a pair of fatal acts of kindness. Horror is what we do to each other, kids.

    I have no problem with this approach, especially in a film that uses interior space and light so beautifully and that wields dread-for-the-sake-of-dread with such expertise. I had low expectations going into this, all of them were exceeded.