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  • The Stuff

    The Stuff

    ★★★½

    Larry Cohen was a prophet, a poet, and a patriot.

  • The Devil Next Door

    The Devil Next Door

    ★★★½

    Typically uninspired/underwhelming Netflix Original™️ title belies a pretty compelling premise and excellent pacing; became more engrossed in this than I have, I think, any other Netflix doc. It’s the subject matter, for sure, but it really is a well-made piece of work, something that’s quite entertaining and presents a valuable—if somewhat kid-gloves—explication of the legacy of the Holocaust. It’s refreshing to see it tackled from any POV other than the (quasi) present-tense, honestly. Sputters to its conclusion in the final…

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★½

    It's a no from me. Well--albeit unremarkably--crafted, but couldn't this stand to be a bit less sanctimonious? It takes like 2/3rds of the runtime to get to what the movie is about--grief and trauma in rural America--and by the time it gets there the tone of a black comedy has already been established with potty-mouthed people doing bad things to each other, so the drama of the grief stuff doesn't really land. Also, the story doesn't end, it just stops.…

  • The Gay Shoe Clerk

    The Gay Shoe Clerk

    I know this movie is more than a hundred years old and standards have changed, but this is simply not gay enough.