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  • Halloween Kills

  • Second Thoughts

    ★★★½

  • The Lords of Salem

    ★★★½

  • After Hours

    ★★★★

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  • Jules and Jim

    Jules and Jim

    ★★★★½

    In another world, Jules and Jim might have had an idyllic life, perhaps as eternal bachelor friends, or perhaps as lovers. Instead, into their lives storms Catherine, maelstrom of and frivolity and fraught, a third wheel wrecking ball equally caged by a society that demands from her children and domesticity. Perhaps a pessimistic metaphor for life itself, promise and optimism weighed down by responsibilities and a realization of one’s own limitations.

    It's fine to want to rediscover the laws for human life, but how practical it must be to conform to existing ones. We gambled with the sources of life and lost.

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  • Second Thoughts

    Second Thoughts

    ★★★½

    It’s his younger brother’s wedding, and Julian has an announcement: love is such a wonderful thing, something he sees every time he looks at his girlfriend Marie, with whom everything is fun, with whom everything makes sense. As guests ready their phones, taking her hands in his, Julian proposes to Marie. *Hushed gasps* Aww, how romantic! No, nein, nicht, wrong: public proposals are never good. Add this scene to the pile of evidence for that conclusion.

    Marie hesitates at first,…

  • The Lords of Salem

    The Lords of Salem

    ★★★½

    Oozing menace and weird otherworldliness mostly divorced from the Christian iconography we've come to know him by, Satan works through those tossed aside by the church -- women, mostly, but really anyone low-status enough not to warrant much attention or respect within the existing social hierarchy. It makes sense that these outcasts would find their own communities and traditions and that they would seem to us unnatural and, well, horrifying. That Zombie doesn't bother to dwell on the aftermath of…

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★½

    The reason we're here is almost too ridiculous not to note at the outset: an unlikely confluence of mob (ahem: fan) clamoring and pandemic-fueled financial incentives laid the grounds to empower an artist to realize their vision, completely unfettered and with full studio support. It's certainly something to celebrate, even if the results are decidedly less than excellent.

    I think what most interests me about ZSJL is the polarization it (and the rest of Snyder's oeuvre) inspires, since, to me,…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    A thick, grimy, smog floats endlessly above a decaying city at an evolutionary tipping point—we had a good run, but our decadent tastes proved, in the end, to be our downfall. It’s fitting that we are to be replaced by the help—those soulless slaves wistfully named after primitive emotions long since forgotten (Joi, Luv, etc)—and, for the time being at least, they seem to embody a kind of virtue not seen since the early years of our reign of terror on…