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  • Nobody Knows I'm Here

    Nobody Knows I'm Here

    ★★★½

    “Despite its Chilean setting and origin, director Gaspar Antillo’s debut film Nobody Knows I’m Here (Nadie Sabe Que Estoy Aquí in the original Spanish) features a face American audiences will recognize: actor Jorge Garcia, who played Hurley in the 2000’s TV show Lost, stars as Memo, an ex-singer living on a secluded island in southern Chile. Unlike that affable, frequently comedic former role, Memo is a broken man, so scarred by his past that he has cut himself off from…

  • The Host

    The Host

    ★★★★

    Did not expect to laugh so much. Thought I was walking into a more straight monster movie, but with Bong as the director, I should’ve known better. This film is absolutely loaded with things to be interested in, constantly bouncing from tone to tone and even from subject to subject. One-part monster movie, one-part pandemic/political satire, one-part dysfunctional family dark comedy, and pretty convincing in all three areas. Would definitely benefit from today’s CGI, but it’s only momentarily distracting— when the shots of the creature are as engaging as they often are in The Host, you stop caring about being able to see the proverbial wires.

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  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

    When I saw the trailer, I thought it would flop (didn’t know who the director was, to be fair), but the early reviews were so good that I had to see it.

    Holy shit. What a great horror movie. Every scene is so tense, a combination of excellent pacing and camerawork, Moss’ engrossing performance, and a fully realized premise. The film’s willingness to trap you in each moment and let it slowly unfold is its greatest strength.

    This is the kind…

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★★½

    “It’s clear that Da 5 Bloods, Spike Lee’s latest film and his first for Netflix, was always intended to feel relevant. Much like in his previous film, BlacKkKlansman, Lee uses Brechtian techniques to keep today’s politics in our minds as the drama unfolds, though the present-day setting makes that a little easier this time— it’s not hard to remember Trump when a MAGA hat features prominently in the narrative.

    But when Netflix set the release date, they could not have…