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  • The Night Eats the World
  • Something Different
  • Beauty and the Dogs
  • Knife+Heart

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  • Private Property

    ★★★★½

  • The Omen

    ★★★

  • No Man of God

    ★★★½

  • Fright Night

    ★★★

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  • Private Property

    Private Property

    ★★★★½

    A tight, insinuating little crime flick that simmers and simmers, then boils over in a fury. Shot in black and white with some wild angles, it was scandalous at the time; 60 years later, it’s still a stunner. 

    There are some striking low angles and one woozy vibe conveyed by shooting through a mostly empty highball glass. The climax is a frenzy of smart, tight closeups. It’s shot by Ted McCord, the DP for Treasure of the Sierra Madre and…

  • The Omen

    The Omen

    ★★★

    Besides the amazing Jerry Goldsmith choral score, this is Donner apparently showering attention onto some taut, freakish sequences at the expense of any attention to his lead actors. 

    Lee Remick is just bad; in an intense scene with baboons, her hollow shrieking makes it kind of laughable. Peck does grim and determined well; when he’s called on to show actual human affection, he comes off as wooden and miscast. The kid seems less evil and more like he’s scowling on…

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  • The Surrogate

    The Surrogate

    ★★★★½

    Jasmine Batchelor reminded me of Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky through much of this movie. Her Jess remains breezily optimistic through circumstances that have those around her folding into themselves, and the movie functions partly as a morality tale, at least for me, as I found myself wanting to approach life more like she does. As her options narrow, her fierce fighting side emerges; so do some insecurities. It’s a tremendous feature debut. 

    The movie around her is layered with complicated…

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★★

    Operatic, absurdist, fueled by anger, possessed by genius, and still not (on first viewing, at least) as cohesive as Carax’s best work, this still has more vitality, surprise, and aesthetic ambition than anything I’ve seen in a while. 

    The Amazon logo has barely left the screen before Carax lets you know that this is no ordinary musical. The opening is a giddy, sharp-witted jolt, a promise the movie intermittently fulfills. 

    He plays with artifice throughout. A sea storm is depicted…