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  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Shining
  • Blade Runner
  • The Swimmer

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  • Doctor Sleep

    ★★★★½

  • Possession

    ★★★★★

  • All Too Well: The Short Film

  • Last Night in Soho

    ★★★★½

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  • The Day of the Beast

    The Day of the Beast

    ★★★★½

    Even better the second time. The Day of the Beast jovially eviscerates religion, moral absolutism, and prudishness through a psychedelic odyssey of delectable bad taste. A simply brilliant and pervertedly a-typical Christmas movie. Bottoms up, and the devil laughs.

  • The Fifth Cord

    The Fifth Cord

    ★★★★½

    This sleek, sultry, and ultra palatable Giallo stunner is drop dead gorgeous at every turn, and Franco Nero’s mustache + mutton chop combo is just the tip of the iceberg. A boozy murder mystery with a charming Ennio Morricone score channeling the maestro’s best lounge sensibilities, plus luscious set design and incredibly cool cinematography head to toe, beat for beat— The Fifth Cord is one seductive picture.

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  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★★★½

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

    Director's Cut. An excellent movie that seems to reconcile Kubrick and King's competing visions better than anyone could've hoped for. The pacing isn’t great but it’s so damn lush and gargantuan in its own right that any lack of propulsive tension doesn’t really matter because it’s so damn fascinating to behold. Henry Thomas' additional screen time as Jack Torrance/ "The Bartender" in this version is incredibly worth while— baffling to me why so much was cut from the theatrical release.

    "Medicine. Medicine is what it is. Bona fide cure-all. The mind is a blackboard, and this is the eraser."

  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★★

    Surely one of the most raw and insane movies ever made. God-tier madness on every level.

    *4K restoration @ The Brattle

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★½

    The Day The Clown Cried (Joker)

    In most cases, competence is good enough, but when something marketed as culturally important prestige art turns out to be a merely competent extremely mixed bag, it's a let down. While Joker certainly has its moments, I walked out of the theater underwhelmed, especially in light of all this hype and anticipation that's been built around it. In spite of Phoenix' ardent undertaking of the role, the script he's given never feels all that…

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★★½

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

    James Wan's latest directorial effort is without a doubt the most original, enthralling, and devilishly messed up new horror movie to be released since Leigh Whannell unleashed the The Invisible Man on us in 2020—— Saw was never for me, but what a joyous full circle moment it is to find these two horror kings still killing it all these years later and taking genre swings we so rarely see the likes of anymore. I had read that Malignant was…