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Suspiria (2018)

Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic Suspiria is a masterpiece of atmosphere and color, but it doesn’t exactly, you know, make sense. In taking on a remake (or reimagining, or however it’s being designated) of Suspiria, director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) and screenwriter David Kajganich have preserved all the weirdness of Argento’s original […]

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Halloween (2018)

Having original “final girl” Laurie Strode return to the Halloween franchise after decades away is not a new idea, although given the underwhelming way it turned out in 1998’s Halloween H20, you can’t really blame director and co-writer David Gordon Green for taking another crack at it. Like H20, Green’s simply titled Halloween ignores previous […]

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Ophelia

Ophelia is one of Hamlet‘s most vital characters — and, in the eyes of Ophelia the movie — one of its most misunderstood. Director Claire McCarthy uses Lisa Klein’s eponymous 2006 novel as the source for reimagining this tragic figure, telling the Hamlet story from the tragic character’s point of view, all with Star Wars ingenue Daisy Ridley in […]

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First Man

First Man opens with an enthralling sequence in which a young Neil Armstrong makes a perilous ascent into the outer atmosphere as an X-15 test pilot. Through a torrent of environmental interference, after struggling with equipment that seems destined to fail him, Armstrong stabilizes his aircraft and breaks through to the edge of the atmosphere. In […]

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The Oath

Family Thanksgivings are always awkward, but especially so when the traditional familial arguments descend into a violent showdown with rogue Homeland Security agents. So unfolds the apocryphal scenario in The Oath, which envisions a hypothetical future in which our current president’s dalliance with totalitarianism becomes functional policy and citizens are given a deadline to sign […]

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The Kindergarten Teacher

Maggie Gyllenhaal is great at making audiences uncomfortable. Even in her more sedate, straightforward roles, there’s often a sense of something off-kilter and unstable, and she’s never afraid to play characters who are abrasive and confrontational, whether that’s the desperate addict of Sherrybaby or the sexual masochist of Secretary or the business executive of The […]

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Venom

In this particular comic book boom in cinema history, when superhero adaptations are almost stubbornly efficient in terms of both frequency and relative quality, it’s almost refreshing to witness a good old-fashioned mess. Enter Venom, which is inarguably an incoherent quasi-disaster, albeit one that is nevertheless occasionally entertaining, sometimes on purpose and other times in […]

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Hold the Dark

As brutal and unyielding as the violence is in Jeremy Saulnier’s acclaimed movies Blue Ruin and Green Room, it’s generally contained and matter-of-fact, the product of flawed decisions by realistically flawed people. Saulnier’s new film, the Netflix original Hold the Dark, is just as violent as his previous work, but its tone is more grandiose […]