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  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★★

    Plain stupid fun, emphasis on stupid. Birds of Prey is very obviously emulating the filmmaking style of early to mid 90s mid budget action comedies — needlessly flashy framing, 4th wall breaking voice overs, etc. It doesn’t quite recapture the magic, but to the extent that I love those movies and miss them dearly it feels like a breath of fresh air, particularly compared to the rest of the DCU.

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation

    A tense but ultimately not especially weighty bottle episode of a horror movie about a dinner party where something sinister is going on.

    The Invitation trades in menacing undertones and the feeling that something is somewhat... off... about an otherwise normal situation. It's well presented and subtle and when it works its properly creepy. The problem is it just isn't paced especially well, and the mysterious backstory that it wants to slowly unfold just isn't engaging enough to carry for…

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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    Basically, it's Taka Waititi making a Wes Anderson movie about the Holocaust. Which sounds like a terrible idea, but somehow it works. Waititi walks a tightrope, keeping it just funny enough to be disarming but directing his characters with such tenderness and heart that it doesn't end up feeling disrespectful. It really should feel more tonally inconsistent than it does, but actually there's a strange unity of contrasts here, with the jovial nature of much of the film making those…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

    Interesting film. I'd say it's not really a horror film in that it's not really interested in scaring you, but more in using horror tropes and tools to make, essentially, a breakup movie. It's more about grief than it is about terror, and the ways in which the real horror of grief is the gulf that it opens between us and the rest of the world. Although it does follow the normal tension-catharsis pattern that gives horror movies their force, the actual release is more likely to be a laugh rather than a scare, which is in many ways more unsettling.