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  • The Seventh Seal
  • Hold the Dark
  • The Wanting Mare
  • Under the Skin

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  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★★

  • After Earth

    ★★½

  • Old

    ★★★

  • House of 1000 Corpses

    ★★★

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  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★★

    An incredible performance piece about constant performance as an agonizing, fundamentally dishonest state of being, one that’s quickly becoming the default for a generation raised on social media. Seeing this on the big screen, with an anxious-feeling but often adoring crowd, lends its staging and unusual stream-of-comedy approach such a fascinating power and deepens the commentary on the individual as entertainer, addicted to and addled by the impulse to terraform one’s own psyche into a content generator for audiences both real and imagined, estranged from the audience of one this pandemic suddenly left everyone trapped alone with.

  • After Earth

    After Earth

    ★★½

    Some genuinely punchy, precise, and intelligently made action sequences — the sky-jump, the mixed-terrain battle with the Ursa — sitting up against an overall father-son bonding device that struggles beneath a pile of narrative contrivances. It can feel visually generic, and the pacing’s all over the place, but Shyamalan makes it at least filmically interesting, if fitfully so.

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  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    This smoothed my brain until it was but a shiny round pebble. Truly, audaciously terrible and inept filmmaking with a story that goes out of its way to be morally bankrupt and politically tone-deaf. Interesting to have an ostensibly aspirational Wonder Woman movie about the consequences of having aspirations. Interesting how no one writing DC’s main female superhero could fathom who she’d be without Chris Pine, so they improvised a lazy and inexplicable plot device to make sure they didn't…

  • Anna and the Apocalypse

    Anna and the Apocalypse

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    (•_•).   WHILE YOU’VE BEEN HIDING
    <) )>   I’VE BEEN KICKIN SOME ASS
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