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  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★★

    For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light... everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light."
    - Ephesians 5:8-14

    What is the meaning of the darkness?
    At the core of this question in A Hidden Life, Terrence Malick’s latest film, is that familiar visual sense that has come to define his style. Here he weaves darkness and light as both literal cinematic functions and metaphorical…

  • The Rider

    The Rider

    ★★★★½

    An unconventional film that uses the raw performances of its non-actors to underscore a potent spiritual core. The Rider is not afraid to dig into the human experience without the glamour and the polish, and what surfaces are some deeply rooted questions about what makes life worth living.

    There are a few ways in which The Rider could compare to another recently released and well received indie film with untested performances and an unconventional narrative style- Eighth Grade. I bring…

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  • The Most Dangerous Game

    The Most Dangerous Game

    ★★★½

    What might be most impressive about this decided action horror film is what it is able to do with its hour long run time. It doesn't feel rushed, but it also manages to make the most of every second of screen time.

    And as a thrilling cat and mouse game, so much of this constructed around tight set pieces that move is from point to point in the story quite decisively. There's a lot to do with shipwrecks and mysterious islands in terms of unfolding terror. And this film knows exactly what it wants to do and be and executes it with precision.

  • The Tingler

    The Tingler

    ★★★★

    "Remember. A scream at the right time just might save your life."

    Me: Don't think about the tingle. Dont think about the tingle. Dont think... dang it, I FELT THE TINGLE.

    So much fun. A unique style, an old world flavor, and a real self awareness help elevate this to the level of a classic.

    The mix of philosophy and scientific study of fear positions the film to use its story as a kind of exposition. And it finds such…

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  • You Go To My Head

    You Go To My Head

    ★★★

    An unconventional love story is about all you really need to understand about this film. An unfortunate circumstance leads to a problematic decision that then begins to spiral into something of an undefinable and unstoppable beast.

    And yet in the middle of this there are real, true moments of beauty. The filmmaker has a knack for capturing a moment, for sitting in the dramatic nuance of a simple conversation, silence, or even the subtle shifts in emotion, be it fear,…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★½

    Thank you Kaufman for aptly tricking me into sticking with a story that appears interested in the early going in exploring smart and intuitive existential questions about life, death, aging, purpose, and then succinctly pulling the rug out from this essential exploration for the sake of giving us one of the most dire, depressing, hopeless and purposeless stories I've seen in a long, long time.

    Succinct might be the wrong word altogether, because nothing in this film happens abruptly. I…