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  • The Amusement Park

    ★★★

  • Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★★

  • Body Double

    ★★

  • Hannibal

    ★★½

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  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★★

    A pioneering masterclass in so many unintended ways, George Romero’s iconoclastic Night of the Living Dead towers as a pillar of the horror genre, as well as the progenitor of so many cinematic influences to come thereafter. It’s not just the innovation of the modern zombie mythos, though carving out the beginnings of such a rich and pervasive cultural idea is its own incalculable achievement one could argue has literally never been rivaled in terms of scope for the screen.…

  • The Third Man

    The Third Man

    ★★★★★

    review at thetwingeeks.com

    One year, four months, and twelve days. That’s how long it’s been since I last went to the movies. It has been an agonizing wait for those of us who have longed for the flicker of a film projector on canvas. To smell the rich buttery aroma of the theater popcorn, and to converse among the congress of like-minded movie lovers who gather to partake in the ritual of celluloid communion. For the last five-hundred days we…

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  • The Amusement Park

    The Amusement Park

    ★★★

    Review at thetwingeeks.com

    It’s been nearly four years since the sad passing of an indelible horror icon. Father of the modern zombie film, and a prolific commercial filmmaker with such films as The Crazies (1973) and Creepshow (1982) nurturing his lofty reputation beyond the staid status of his most crowning achievements, George Romero made an immortal impact on the horror genre, first bursting onto the scene with his game-changing Night of the Living Dead in 1968. Having primarily been a…

  • Body Double

    Body Double

    ★★

    This is less a coherent movie than it is a celluloid exorcism of every fixation and fetish Brian De Palma had thusly committed to the screen; a hodgepodge extravaganza of sleaze and crude Hitchcock recreations blended together with literal pornography, a nonsensical murder plot, and a dash of hollow Hollywood cynicism sprinkled on top. It’s wacky and reckless and just a little bit self aware, but not as much as it would like to be, betraying itself as an ultimately…

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  • Chicken Run

    Chicken Run

    ★★★★½

    Did I just go out to see Chicken Run at eleven in the morning despite not only having seen the film countless times but even just as recently as earlier this year? I did, and you would too if you know what’s good for you. We need to normalize early matinee screenings, I’d go see a film at six am if they’d show them. Roll out of bed, order a coffee at the counter, suffice on a breakfast of buttered popcorn and twizzlers while soaking in a nostalgia-fueled screening of a childhood classic? I can think of few better ways to start the day.

  • PlayTime

    PlayTime

    ★★★★½

    The best comedies are best appreciated when seen in the company of a great gathering. Particularly those with universal appeal, transcending not only the barrier of time, but language as well. Walking in to see Jacques Tati’s magnum opus PlayTime this evening I had not suspected the curated print to be absent of the usual accommodation of subtitles. Very quickly, however, I found they would have been quite unnecessary, as Tati’s visual-oriented storytelling maintains a magnificent narrative and thematic web…