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  • [REC]

    ★★★★

  • As Above, So Below

    ★★★

  • V/H/S

    ★★½

  • Hit the Road

    ★★★★

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  • [REC]

    [REC]

    ★★★★

    Many found-footage horror movies invent an awkward reason for the camera to always be “on.” The Spanish import REC devises a compellingly moral one. While accompanying a pair of firefighters on a routine call for a television puff piece, reporter Angela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) and her cameraman (Pablo Roso) get quarantined in an apartment building along with the firefighters, two policemen, and the residents. Outside, via megaphone, the authorities give them vague explanations, even refusing to send help when a…

  • As Above, So Below

    As Above, So Below

    ★★★

    Potential abounds in As Above, So Below—a sort of “Indiana Jones and the Haunted Catacombs”—though the many ideas at play never fully come together. Perdita Weeks stars as Scarlett, a brazen historian and archeologist who illegally leads a team deep beneath the streets of Paris in search of the legendary “philosopher’s stone.” The riddles and clues are silly and the relationships are thin (Ben Feldman plays Scarlett’s former lover, who reluctantly joins the expedition), but filming in Paris’ actual catacombs…

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  • Rushmore

    Rushmore

    ★★★★★

    Dirk Calloway is really the only one here with a decent head on his shoulders.

  • The Incredibles

    The Incredibles

    ★★★★½

    We really didn't need another superhero movie after this.

    A few notes on this revisit:

    - Pulls no punches on the domestic trauma front. This is about a husband and father's real betrayal. That late-night fight between the parents is uncomfortably true to life.

    - "Tonyloaf"

    - Elastigirl caught in the series of doors is better than almost any superhero action sequence staged since.

    - "I never look back darling. It distracts from the now." (What does this mean for…