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  • Serenity

    Serenity

    ½

    McConaughey's decision to take a break from acting and start teaching at UT this fall makes perfect sense now.

  • Plot of Fear

    Plot of Fear

    ★★★½

    Unusual giallo that makes for an interesting predecessor to Kubrick's EYES WIDE SHUT and seems weirdly relevant in the wake of Jeffery Epstein's widely reported arrest and suspected suicide.

    Highlights include a great star turn by the underused Michele Placido, Eli Wallach in a standout supporting role, some stylish 1970s biker fashions, a groovy score, an erotic animated sequence created by Gibba (aka Francesco Maurizio Guido) and some particularly gruesome Italian-style murders.

    There are a few missteps including the waste…

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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★

    I would have liked this so much more if it had no soundtrack, was called Maintenance by the Sea and we spent the entirety of the film watching Casey Affleck's character unplug toilets, fix sinks, shovel snow and get in occasional bar fights.

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation

    ★★★★

    The Invitation is one of the best films I've seen this year with an impressive central performance from Logan Marshall-Green. Grief and malaise run rampant in the Hollywood Hills turning a dinner party among old friends into an incredibly unnerving and flat out creepy affair. The atmosphere of dread and unease that permeate the proceedings is so thick you can cut it with a serving knife thanks to Karyn Kusama's taught direction & Theodore Shapiro's eerie score. A great slow-burn horror…