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  • All That Heaven Allows
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  • The Shining
  • Brokeback Mountain

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  • Prometheus

    ★★★★

  • Predators

    ★★★½

  • Aliens vs Predator: Requiem

    ★½

  • AVP: Alien vs. Predator

    ★★★

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  • Aliens

    Aliens

    ★★★★★

    Even though it is a tight race, I prefer the constant stream of non-stop tension and suspense, the ever-present sense of dread of the enemy lurking around the corner of Aliens, to the enigmatic presentation of the alien creature in the shadows of its predecessor, Alien. But it doesn't matter; both are outstanding films that bring the fear of the unknown to perfection.

    As all sequels should, Aliens takes the mysteries and broached threads of the first movie and expands…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★★

    "A surgeon never kills a patient. An anaesthesiologist can kill a patient, but a surgeon never can."

    "You know, an anaesthesiologist is never to blame for the bad outcome of an operation. The surgeon is always responsible."

    What a difference perspective can make, huh?

    Yorgos Lanthimos has first come to wide-spread attention with the harrowingly apathetic Dogtooth, later with the curious and attention-grabbing premise of The Lobster. While I still count The Favourite as my own favorite of his works…

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  • Prometheus

    Prometheus

    ★★★★

    "Big things have small beginnings."

    Prometheus continues to grow on me ever since I watched it for the first time and was, like many others, rather disappointed by Ridley Scott's follow-up to his unforgettable 1979 classic. The largest flaw of Prometheus might just be the fact that it remembers a little too late into its runtime that it wanted to be a monster movie – up until that point, Prometheus is a hardcore philosophical sci-fi/mystery rumination that doesn't refuse to…

  • Predators

    Predators

    ★★★½

    "There is no hunting like the hunting of a man. And those who've hunted armed men long enough, and like it, never really care for anything else thereafter."

    – Ernest Hemingway

    I forgot how enjoyable this film is. As a sequel to the now-classic 1987 adrenaline booster starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Predators hits all the right marks and finds visceral energy in shifting the setting to an alien planet, returning to the lush jungle environment of the first movie while giving…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    "An animal caught in a trap will gnaw off its own leg to escape. What will you do?"

    So, Dune. Easily the most highly anticipated movie of the year for many, which is inevitably going to lead to some reactions of disappointment. In my book, Denis Villeneuve transcends all my high hopes with his visually striking adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic novel.

    To get it out of the way first, the major criticism of Dune so far seems to be…

  • AVP: Alien vs. Predator

    AVP: Alien vs. Predator

    ★★★

    Not really possible for me to get mad at a movie that delivers exactly what it says in the title: for better or worse, this is the ultimate face-off of two of the most iconic movie monsters, Alien and Predator.

    With both franchises seemingly having reached a dead end in their creative life cycles at the time of this film's release, having them face off against each other probably seemed to be the logical step for studio executives who saw…