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  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    ★★★★

    It’s not perfect. The characterization is truncated and the pacing is too frenetic at times. But it’s got more to offer than the initial consensus would lead you to believe.

    I’m convinced that at least half of the negative criticism is due to people expecting 11 Cloverfield Lane.

  • Exodus: Gods and Kings

    Exodus: Gods and Kings

    ★½

    I have zero problems with changing up narratives from the source material. But at least — if you do it — make it interesting.

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  • Under the Shadow

    Under the Shadow

    ★★★★½

    What a compelling story. I can't recall a horror story ever set amidst the civilian perspective of a war torn country, but the effect (at least in this case) is profound. As a fright fest, it has all the appropriate tension and jumps, but it's also anchored by a poignant performance from Narges Rashidi as a wife and mother at the end of her rope, struggling with a world that is crumbling around her (along with most of her personal…

  • Bone Tomahawk

    Bone Tomahawk

    ★★★★★

    I love horror films. I love westerns. The prospect of watching a film which was classified as both excited me tremendously. What I found with Bone Tomahawk dismantled my expectations in surprising ways and left me very haunted and affected. The premise is one-sentence simple and the pacing is often slow to the very edge of tolerance. But with a strong script, compelling performances, and a steady atmosphere of genuine dread and tension, Bone Tomahawk emerges as a truly provocative…