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  • In the Earth

    In the Earth

    ★★

    Wheatley continues to make the exactly wrong aesthetic choice in every given circumstance. In this case his folk-psychedelia is shot almost entirely in handheld close-ups. Wacky colors and a drone score are not enough for a vibe, I'm sorry. It's all just so much What-the-fuck-am-I-looking-at bullshit. Get this guy to a nunnery.

  • The Woman in the Window

    The Woman in the Window

    ★★★

    Perfectly acceptable thriller trash of the sort that isn't really getting made anymore. So many dipshit red herrings and twists that it's mildly unintelligible. Over-directed but hey at least it's directed. Deeply silly but at least it's got a sense of humor. Everyone's histrionics are clearly feature not bug. Obviously it sucks but I'm not entirely sure what the problem is with that.

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  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★½

    Great job turning this deeply idiosyncratic, sprawling story about collective trauma and history into Serious Beetlejuice.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    Reminds you of what this sort of thing can be with an actual director behind it instead of merely a gang of well-meaning producers. Johnson deploys a few basic narrative and visual tricks that haven't really popped up in a STAR WARS film before, along with his usual precise frames and tight technical craft, and a particular attention to emotional continuity. There's also a welcome preoccupation with collateral damage, both physical and psychic. One thing Johnson's films have never really…