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  • In the Shadow of the Moon

    ★★½

  • The Black Phone

    ★★★

  • Under the Banner of Heaven

  • In the Shadow of the Sun

    ★★★½

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  • Tales of the Night

    Tales of the Night

    ★★★

    "Considering how much leeway animation gives filmmakers, especially when it comes to realizing tricky things like character transformations, it’s surprising how few animated films there are about werewolves and shapeshifters. What’s not surprising, though, is how the small number that do exist are dominated by family-friendly fare like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, WolfWalkers, and the Hotel Transylvania series. They’re also rarely the focus of the stories, with a rare exception being Michel Ocelot’s…

  • Funny Games

    Funny Games

    ★★★★½

    “When I first envisioned Funny Games in the mid-1990s, it was my intention to have an American audience watch the movie. […] But because I made Funny Games in German with actors not familiar to US audiences, it didn’t get through to the people who most needed to see it.” –Michael Haneke in 2008

    When Michael Haneke embarked upon the English-language remake of his 1997 Cannes contender Funny Games, he joined a not terribly long list of filmmakers from other…

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  • In the Shadow of the Moon

    In the Shadow of the Moon

    ★★½

    "The more I tell you, the more you'll keep coming after me."

    I was wondering why so many of the supporting players in this Philadelphia-set thriller had such shaky accents. Then I saw in the closing credits that it was shot in Toronto, and everything made sense. The protagonist of this film -- a cop on the trail of an elusive serial killer -- goes on a similar journey of discovery.

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★

    "This ain't no nostalgia show. We're gonna do something... different." --Elvis Presley

    Baz Luhrmann does something different, all right. Different does not equal better, though. Still, he wanted to take as much credit as possible for how different it is. You do you, Baz.

    Also, in case there were any lingering doubts about who this film's villain is, there's a moment near the end where Colonel Tom Parker says to Elvis, "We are the same, you and I." Gag.

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  • Gaslight

    Gaslight

    What's that? You say there's a movie called Gaslight? Sorry, dear. Never heard of it. You must have imagined the whole thing.

  • Saving Christmas

    Saving Christmas

    This "film" has a running time of about 79 minutes. Here's how that breaks down:

    5.5% - Kirk Cameron's smug, hot chocolate-obsessed introduction
    3% - A seemingly unmotivated cutaway to what looks like a much more interesting movie but is, in fact, not (Bonus: We get to see this footage again in its entirety when it's placed in the proper context)
    2.5% - Cheaply animated opening credits set to a ska cover of "Silent Night"
    7.5% - Kirk's "brother-in-law" --…