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  • Heat
  • The Apartment
  • Cure
  • 9 Souls

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  • The Commuter

    ★★½

  • Non-Stop

    ★★★½

  • And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool.

    ★★★½

  • On the Run

    ★★½

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  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    Cha Cha Real Smooth

    I am beginning to despise this nice guy, self-congratulatory twaddle which Cooper Raiff appears to have made his bread and butter. The level of ego he displays on this thing is nauseating, writing and directing himself in the lead role as the oxymoronic cool nerd who happens to be the most sincere dude on the planet, constantly gushed over by those who get to know him and seemingly the social bedrock of his entire community. It's exasperating to see the…

  • Kiss Me Deadly

    Kiss Me Deadly

    ★★★★½

    Nuclear paranoia and offhand nihilism forming a lethal concoction, insidiously twisting the noir framework into the realms of cosmic terror. It's a world where moral decay is edging ever closer to literal destruction: mistrust tainting interactions, corruption contaminating institutions, cynicism suffocating sincerity, and behind it all is a mystery that will always remain beyond comprehension. Even our assertive lead Mike Hammer (superbly played with simmering venom by Ralph Meeker) is little more than a sadistic sociopath who only seems to…

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  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    ★½

    Aptly named because it certainly left me feeling empty.

    I don't get the underground buzz that this has received at all; the scatter-brained merging of occult mystery, cosmic horror and police procedural is so half-baked on every front that it falls to pieces as soon as its ideas start to solidify. The root of the narrative has potential as some sort of paranormal puzzle, but it just descends into stupidity the longer it goes on before reaching a third act…

  • Beau Travail

    Beau Travail

    ★★★

    Quite captivating as a pure mood piece, but constrained by the vague narrative and character choices that leave it nearly impenetrable on an emotional level. Beau Travail seems to be in dispute with itself over what it is trying to be, so it's little surprise that my thoughts about it are similarly conflicted.

    The story of a commanding officer's distorted jealousy towards one of his troop explores despotism, repression and foreignness through the lenses of colonialism, military power structures and…