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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★

    I’ve long been interested in dark folk stories from colonial North America. There’s something about the unique foundation provided by an untamed wilderness, difficult living conditions, and cruder ideas of religion and spirituality that make for a perfect backdrop for some spine-tingling horror. Somehow this film, which is entirely based on 17th century New England folk tales (from which it directly pulls much of its dialogue), feels less like a folk tale and more like a harrowing true crime story…

  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar!

    ★★★

    A series of hilarious vignettes and fantastic movie-making set pieces that fails to complete gel into a compelling story.

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★½

    This year marks the 45th anniversary of Kubrick's masterwork, and I decided to make it my goal to finally sit down and see the film that I'd been meaning to watch for at least the last decade. So much about this film exists ephemerally in our culture (the music, the references, the visuals) and influences the science fiction genre that I had always felt like I knew how the film would play out. I'd heard throughout my life that the…

  • RoboCop

    RoboCop

    ★★★½

    How hard must a film plant a tongue in its cheek for it to move out of the realm of homage into that of satire? This reboot seems to understand the campiness and cult characteristics of its predecessors, and harnesses these qualities in a new direction - one that’s pointedly topical and a lot of fun, without drifting entirely away from the more serious aspects that give its story weight. It’s a risky balance, but RoboCop seems to manage it…