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  • It's a Wonderful Life
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  • No Time to Die

  • Session 9

    ★★★

  • When I Consume You

    ★★★½

  • Just Before Dawn

    ★★★★

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  • Premature

    Premature

    ★★★½

    Only a month ago that I saw this and I couldn't tell you much about how it ended. So there's limits on how memorable an experience it will give you, in terms of plot, but as a movie with vivid characters and a strong atmosphere this one is aces. It's all about Zora Howard, a talented young playwright who is also an incredibly powerful performer — she co-wrote the movie with director Rashaad Ernesto Greene and also plays Ayanna, the…

  • The Inhabitant

    The Inhabitant

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Scary Movies XI.

    Very deliberately putting this review behind the spoiler veil.

    There are potential triggers in this movie that viewers would ideally be aware of beforehand; unfortunately, to forewarn the viewer is also to spoil the movie. Christian theology and Roman Catholic iconography are a big part of the movie's second half; there are also onscreen (though brief, and not especially graphic) depictions of sexual assault against children. And of course sexual assault with overtones of spiritual abuse (where…

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  • Session 9

    Session 9

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It's good, but I don't like it. I find it hard to come to that conclusion. The nature of my dislike for the movie is such that I wish everyone else disliked it too, so that I could forget about it. At the same time, the nature of my esteem for its many excellent qualities is such that I wish I could just make myself like the movie so I could finally close the loop that way.

    In some ways,…

  • When I Consume You

    When I Consume You

    ★★★½

    Hoop tober No. 7 #19

    Daphne Shaw (Libby Ewing) lives in the long shadow cast by her childhood. She has a restless air to her, as if she suspects there's a spot somewhere nearby where she could feel the sunshine if she could only make the right move. Her brother Wilson (Evan Dumouchel) is living in the same shadow. He holds down a job as a janitor and he tenderly waters his plants, but beyond that, he seems to be…

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  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★★

    Subgenres of the thriller genre:

    1. the thriller as art film, where the artist cannot stoop to actually thrilling his audience

    2. the thriller as philosophical rubbernecking, where we are invited to meditate upon the nature of evil — as severed heads roll our way

    3. the thriller as pastiche of esoteric pop-culture references

    4. the redundant thriller, either a remake of a good thriller or adaptation of a good novel, or both

    My highest praise of Collateral is that…

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    ★★★½

    Hoop tober No. 5 #3

    A bright and varied color palette. Striking, surreal imagery embedded in a fairly linear story. Some interest in developing distinct characters, even more interest in developing that rare beast, a collective hero. Some finesse and rhythm applied to revealing and concealing the monster: although Freddy is on his way to becoming the dispenser of bad puns and cheap sadism he would become in the next film, this movie maintains a sense of urgency and keeps…