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  • Old

    ★★★½

  • Praying with Anger

    ★½

  • Wide Awake

    ★★

  • The Visit

    ★★

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  • Old

    Old

    ★★★½

    In the novelization of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Tarantino writes extensively about how Polanski would compose certain shots from Rosemary's Baby in such a way that audiences were manipulated into leaning forward and trying to peek into parts of the frame that didn't exist. The psychological effect was paramount, at Paramount. Shyamalan approaches OLD in much the same way, using roving cameras, claustrophobic angles, and seemingly impromptu zooms to avoid showing the audience exactly what they want to…

  • Praying with Anger

    Praying with Anger

    This movie is screaming for a restoration. Even in a terrible YouTube rip, you can tell how much work Shyamalan and his DP Madhu Ambat did, how much care was put into the framing, lighting, and color palette of what I’m betting was once a gorgeous-looking first feature. As debuts go, it’s part and parcel of ‘90s independent film, from the specificity of its coming-of-age narrative to the horror of its semi-obligatory violent climax. It’s also dull and dramatically inert,…

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  • Fear Street: 1666

    Fear Street: 1666

    "The Witch but community theatre" and "The Crucible but Disney Channel Original Movie" both feel overly insulting to The Witch, The Crucible, community theatre, and Disney Channel Original Movies. At the midpoint, a second set of title cards flashed, and I threw my remote control through the television screen.

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★½

    Existentially and comedically, God Cage brings home the bacon.