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  • The Thing
  • The Blob
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  • Violent Night

    ★★★½

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  • Priest

    ★★★½

  • Notes on a Scandal

    ★★★½

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  • Empire of Light

    Empire of Light

    ★★★

    The magic of cinema and the tribulations of mental illness, aka everything that my entire life is grounded upon, stand as the basis of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes' new film, Empire of Light.

    Mendes' latest picture, set in the early 1980s, marks the director's follow-up film to his Academy Award-winning war epic, 1917, and is his first straight-up "drama" since Revolutionary Road in 2008.

    Its story revolves around the character Hilary Small, played by Academy Award winner Olivia Colman;…

  • Amsterdam

    Amsterdam

    ★★

    So, to establish the scene, I saw Amsterdam in IMAX last night, which featured a live-streamed Q&A with director David O. Russell, actors Rami Malek and Christian Bale, and a Zoom-bound Margot Robbie.

    To put it mildly, I found the Q&A so irritating to watch that I shielded my face with my fingers throughout it. Because, to sum it all up, it was merely its moderator, Deadline reporter Pete Hammond, sucking up to O. Russell and telling him how much…

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  • Bones and All

    Bones and All

    ★★★★

    Wow, did I enjoy what Luca Guadagnino gave us here with this film!

    After seeing this and his excellent Suspiria remake, I'm beginning to prefer Luca's dark, horror-leaning filmmaking style over the sweet, sensuous one shown in Call Me By Your Name or I Am Love, for instance.

    Several people on this site compared the film to Terrence Malick's Badlands, but I'd argue it was more like watching a cannibalized version of David Lynch's The Straight Story.

    Because like Lynch's…

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★½

    Director Rian Johnson is back with an all-new case of foul play in Glass Onion: A Last of Sheila Mystery, the latest chapter in the Benoit Blanc lead saga, and this time he has the Devil on his side too, i.e., Netflix, to finance it all upfront for him as well as to boot.

    Okay, then, before I begin investigating things today with my film review, I just wanted to clarify that my review will not contain any spoilers.

    And…

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  • The Tax Collector

    The Tax Collector

    This just goes to show that David Ayer is definitely the kind of guy who would unironically still wear those types of airbrushed graffiti t-shirts that have a Looney Tunes character dressed as a gangster on them, sold on the corner of a strip mall.

  • Barbarian

    Barbarian

    ★★★½

    This film was not on my radar until I heard Zach Cregger, of all people, directed it.

    For those who don't know, Cregger, the writer and director behind Barbarian, was one of five members of The Whitest Kids U' Know, a sketch comedy group best known for their IFC television series that aired from 2007 to 2011 of the same name. 

    I'm cutting corners a bit here, but back in 2009, due to the show's success, the group was able…