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  • Imitation Girl

    Imitation Girl

    ★★★★

    From its beautifully creepy, scifi VFX opening, to its strategic use of long shots that make you lean in to see just what's actually going on, Imitation Girl establishes itself as a multilayered enigma, and dares you to look away. I personally couldn't. Lauren Ashley Carter's Julianna & Imitation (two fully fleshed out roles) show just what a marvel she is. This woman can seriously fucking act. And she's not just playing Julianna & Imitation, she's playing the characters in her successful…

  • May

    May

    ★★★★

    Beginning with a patchwork 2D animated opening credits sequence -- sewing together its title card & punctuating it with the materializing of a small red spot that looks much like blood -- followed by a vicious jump cut to the titular May (Angela Bettis), screaming in agony & terror, clutching one bleeding eye socket, and then an immediate transition to some psychologically defining moment's from May's childhood, writer-Director Lucky McKee shows from jump exactly where his narrative focus lies, and builds the…

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  • Happy Death Day 2U

    Happy Death Day 2U

    ★★★

    For my review of Happy Death Day tap/click here.

    I enjoyed the opening beats of this, and some of the denouement I found rather clever & rewarding -- that post credits scene was quite a thing, for sure, and I like the possibilities it sets up for the theme of the 3rd, if there ends up being one. Though I did appreciate how Tree's (Jessica Rothe) character was further built upon & how that blended with the aspect of the parallel dimensions,…

  • While We're Young

    While We're Young

    ★★★½

    A pair of married couples -- Cornelia (Naomi Watts), Josh (Ben Stiller), Darby (Amanda Seyfried), & Jamie (Adam Driver) -- end up in a whirlwind friendship/romance/infatuation that gets more complex as the narrative progresses. It's the chemistry between Watts, Stiller, Seyfried, and Driver, both in their respective couple units, and as a small ensemble, that really drives this film as a whole & makes it feel familiar in a comforting way, even on a first watch, thanks to how well the 4…

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  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★★

    A gorgeously hyper-violent psychological exploration of one of the most dynamic characters I've ever seen featured on screen. Choi Min-sik's command of facial expressions and body language is just bonkers brilliant. To say his ability to shift from bumbling drunk buffoon in this film's introductory expositional sequences (some of the funniest moments in any film, comedy or not, Choi Min-sik does an incredibly believable drunk) to a hollowed out former prisoner, struggling with his solitary confinement induced monstrosities, while simultaneously…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★★

    This is a film that will always slap for me. That sumptuously thematic editing; the delicious dread dripping down every frame; the gloomy lighting in the Graham house; that perfect combination of melodrama and realism, a film somehow Mumblecore and exceedingly extra in the same breath. Toni Collette's inhuman wailing and full body sink into Annie; that dinner table scene, right after Peter says she's just as responsible as he is because of the party idea, and Steve's like, "SHUT…