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  • Fire Birds

    ★★½

  • Fire Birds

    ★★½

  • New Dragon Gate Inn

    ★★★½

  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

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  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★½

    Ten years after Sinister, writer-director Scott Derrickson, co-writer C. Robert Cargill, and star Ethan Hawke re-team for another dimly lit foray into supernatural horror. The Black Phone replicates the same chilling highs and stultifying lows of the earlier film, with Derrickson again exhibiting a penchant for creating a suitably creepy atmosphere through subtly churning sound design, simple-but-spooky visual devices, and liberal use of atmospherically grainy 8mm footage. But like Sinister before it, The Black Phone also suffers from a repetitive…

  • Lightyear

    Lightyear

    ★★½

    We’ve been living so long in a realm of perpetual nostalgia, of sequels, legacyquels, reboots, and reimaginings, that it was perhaps only a matter of time before Hollywood tried to reverse engineer a nostalgia-ready blockbuster. Such is the case with Toy Story pseudo-prequel, Lightyear, which opens with on-screen text informing us that what we’re about to see is the film that captured a little boy named Andy’s affection and spawned the Buzz Lightyear action figure that he was given for…

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  • The Wildcat

    The Wildcat

    ★★★★★

    A seriously unhinged movie. The majority of shots are framed in decorative cut-outs. Everyone looks slightly (or much more than slightly) insane. Pola Negri gives an endlessly GIF-able performance, and I want to go back in time and hang out with her and be her friend. This is usually described as a satire on militarization, but, honestly, it's way too off-the-rails to be constrained by any one meaning. Bandits. Skulls. Wild mustaches. Sex. Proto-psychedelic sets. (The sets are actually like…

  • Demon

    Demon

    ★★★★

    In order to free themselves from this curse, all Poles have to do is say that terrible things happened in our grandfathers’ or great-grandfathers’ generation and shed a tear over those who were killed. That’s all.
    -Jan Gross

    Where Aftermath turned Jan Gross's Neighbors--about Polish complicity in the Holocaust and the nation's refusal to own up to its anti-Semitism--into blunt-force drama, Demon takes the same theme and plays it as absurdist horror-comedy. The wedding guests as Polish society: They just…