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  • This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

    ★★★★

  • Resurrection

    ★★★★

  • Our Home

    ★★★½

  • Fresh

    ★½

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  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★

    “It’s an honor.”

    How well do you remember the original?” That’s a query posed by the new Ghostface killer (or is it killers?) in the fifth ‘Scream’ movie’s obligatory opening: and it’s also the film’s central preoccupation. If the confusing title (‘5cream’ was right there with the kind of wordplay the film pokes fun at) hadn’t already tipped you off, the most meta of movie franchises has returned to take a stab at Hollywood’s latest trend: legacy sequels. Or, as…

  • The 355

    The 355

    “I’m not alone anymore.”

    Early in Simon Kinberg’s staggeringly ill-conceived, female-centric team-on-a-mission thriller ‘The 355,’ an operative is described as being “[G]ood at everything except taking orders.” We’ve encountered this kind of maverick profiling before, of course, but the cliché isn’t the primary problem here: while the film offers a welcome opportunity to see five women bonding to break bones and rules, it instead emerges as an at-best stubbornly perfunctory mainstream actioner, that rarely deviates from known genre directives or…

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  • This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

    This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

    ★★★★

    “There is no meaning to all this.”

    After jolting us with a striking opening shot playing with light exposure (the blurry image of a horse writhing against a villager jabbing at the animal with a spear) ‘This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection’ cuts to a slow three-hundred and sixty-degree pan, the camera revolving around a lesiba player: a South African musical bow instrument with a throaty hum that squeaks and bellows with the harmonious murmur of a dying…

  • Resurrection

    Resurrection

    ★★★★

    “I am unstoppable! I’m a champion!”

    A blistering psychological thriller and enigmatic horror film that had Sundance audiences divided thanks to its provocative, polarizing premise, Andrew Semans’ ‘Resurrection’ is emotionally searing, wildly unhinged, and batshit crazy. Indeed, as anchored by its two fiercely committed and convincing leads (Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth), a menacingly disquieting tone, and a frightening ambiguity about a disintegrating mental state, this is a profoundly distressing and compelling drama that will shock and shake you to…

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  • The White Tiger

    The White Tiger

    ★½

    “You were looking for the key for years, but the door was always open.”

    Economic crisis. Sweeping statements about a country and its culture, polarized by income inequality. An unreliable, bootstrapping narrator. Mercifully, this isn’t ‘Hillbilly Elegy.’ “The White Tiger,” Aravind Adiga’s bestseller, was a riveting satire when it dropped towards the tail end of the 2008 financial crisis and a modern look at India with far more bite than the Dickensian ‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ which came out a mere month…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★½

    “Can you guess what every woman’s worst nightmare is?”

    There is a scene, about midway through ‘Promising Young Woman,’ Emerald Fennell’s eye-shattering zeitgeist-inspired response to the #MeToo movement, in which a man pulls his truck next to our heroine, Cassie (Carey Mulligan), and throws a few choice words her way, including the one you really shouldn’t lob at a young woman at the end of her rope. (You know the one). Scored to Wagner’s darkly epic piece “Liebestod,” Cassie gets…