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  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    ★★★

    “He and Lorraine (played by the wonderful Vera Farmiga) are called on to investigate happenings that seem to defy scientific explanation, and their arrival on the scene, usually after ghosts and demons have done some preliminary haunting, is accompanied by a sense of reassurance that is rare in horror movies. Wilson gives the calming impression of unflappable expertise, an almost fatherly stolidity, not unlike what Tom Hanks brings to many roles. However frightened we may be, we’re heartened that Ed knows what he’s doing.”

    Wrote an ode to Patrick Wilson, scare king, for the New York Times: www.nytimes.com/2021/06/06/movies/patrick-wilson-the-conjuring.html

  • Non-Stop

    Non-Stop

    ★★★★

    Originally published in Esquire magazine -cm

    There’s a moment toward the end of Non-Stop in which Neeson, playing a U.S. Air Marshall embroiled in an elaborate hijacking, finds himself flung into an impromptu zero-gravity shootout when his airplane suddenly dips and loses cabin pressure. As the plane sharply nosedives, a cast-aside handgun floats up off the floor and is suspended in mid-air; Neeson seizes it and, hurtling backward in spectacular slow-motion, takes aim and fires. The sequence is incredible, in…

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