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  • The Conjuring 2

    The Conjuring 2

    ★★★★

    Better than the first one.

    That scene with the painting has gotta be one of the Top 5 Scenes Involving Paintings, right?

  • The Haunting

    The Haunting

    ★★★★½

    The first two or three episodes are slightly off-putting... something about the aesthetic just didn't quite work. The depth-of-field seems a bit too deep, the lighting not quite stark enough. It feels, honestly, a bit cheap and amateurish.

    I'm not sure what changed -- different televisions with different settings, perhaps, or a production that spent more money on later episodes, or perhaps I just acclimated to the look of the show -- but everything after that is extremely creepy and…

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    UPDATE: Subtracted another star when I woke up still furious that this is a $400 million movie that makes genocide seem cool and insubstantial and argues conflict can be solved with a snap (and the most destructive weapon). This movie isn’t just poorly made; it’s the embodiment of fascist ideology that many scholars argue is inherent to the genre. It’s the worst MCU film, no question.
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    An incredible letdown after the surprisingly nuanced pathos of INFINITY WAR (which I…

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ½

    The worst movie I've seen all year. A pretentious jumble of empty stylistic posturing and half-baked ideas that also happens to be (with the exception of a chainsaw fight) a tremendous slog to sit through. For all the hype about Cage supposedly going "full Cage," his performance mostly consists of angry glares and occasional screams; this is a far cry from the gleeful mania of Bad Lieutenant, or hell, even Ghost Rider 2.

    I think I'm done with Panos Cosmatos.…