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  • Trouble Every Day
  • Ravenous
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  • Eating Raoul

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  • The Empty Man

    ★★★★

  • The Suicide Squad

    ★★★★

  • Horror Express

    ★★★★

  • Witchfinder General

    ★★★

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  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    ★★★★

    (This is probably more like a 3 star movie as far as what works and what's sort of unresolved, but I enjoyed it on a 4 star level)

    This is a surprisingly good time. I wish I had been aware of when it was in theaters, not that I'm dying to piss my pants in public. I won't allege that it's perfect, but in spite of whatever parts of it feel rushed to the table, the rest of it is…

  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    ★★★★

    I think it's possible that James Gunn is the only person who really knows how to make a great comic book adaptation. Even the most successful ones all seem too smarmy to take seriously, or too serious to evoke the imaginative pleasures of the print genre. This is one of the few efforts that satisfied me on every level. Gunn's fresh attempt at a Suicide Squad movie (a daring feat considering the outcome of DC's first try) is unpretentious, funny,…

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  • Concussion

    Concussion

    ★★★

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

    This is a good enough movie, but it enters this troublesome territory that I think about a lot. It drives me crazy when you have a character who finds a new, liberating way of expressing themselves--let's say by entering a music subculture or getting into body modification or some other physical discipline, or in the case of CONCUSSION, becoming a sex worker--and the writer just has to restore status quo at the end. Even in the case of a really…

  • The Long Walk

    The Long Walk

    ★★★★½

    FANTASTIC FEST DAY 3

    During Mattie Do's Q&A for this impossibly sophisticated genre-bending fable, she started crying, and then the moderator started crying, and then the producer had to step up to the mic and try to restore a comfortable order, though only through her own tears. It was an alarming experience that was entirely justified by the impact of the movie. I had to go sit in the dark after.