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  • Missing Link

    Missing Link

    ★★★★

    Missing Link is everything you would expect from a Laika film at this point, as the more dramatically composed and stylistically stranger cousins to the beloved British Aardman. It’s funny, engaging, well told and performed, technically astonishing and agreeably entertaining for everyone. Even if it doesn’t quite match the dramatic or emotional potency of their other films, this globetrotting comedy adventure sets its sights on its ambitions and modestly accomplishes them.

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  • Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary

    ★★★

    Pet Sematary is a solidly put together horror that doesn’t quite reach the greatness of memorability that it's aiming for, but as a King story hits the beats and nods that it needs too with some confidence. It gets by on the dedication of its performances and the technical abilities of its makers, more so than its short-changed and choppy screenplay.

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  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    ★★★★★

    The film sustains anxiety in the unknown, and the film has many genuinely frightening and unsettling moments throughout thanks to incredible editing and sound design. While not every element of the film fits together perfectly, they are very much artistic liberties and means to an end that only add to a film that is very open to further reading; in particular an ending which may leave many to decide on whichever context it bares itself to. The Babadook is a…

  • Prisoners

    Prisoners

    ★★★★

    Besides a climactic third act that ties things up a little tighter than anticipated, this is a more than solid enough crime thriller with great performances to boast. The "what if?" scenario of a Stieg Larson style villain entering the real world is compelling if not totally convincing by the end, but its the character focus and deconstruction that really sets this one apart. Its a much darker and more morally questionable film than you'd ever expect it to be, and yet another example of Hollywood trying to catch up to the quality of the latest Nordic drama phase. At least, this is done well.