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  • Welcome to the Occult Forest: The Movie

    ★★★

  • Strawberry Mansion

    ★★★

  • The Eternal Daughter

    ★★★★

  • The Harbinger

    ★★★½

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  • Skinamarink

    Skinamarink

    ★★★★★

    Reduced me to a child, hand over my mouth, tears in my eyes, a pit in my stomach. Surreal and familiar in the same stroke, liminal horror existing at the crossroads of comfortable, mundane surroundings and everything we can imagine might be in the darkness on the other side. It leaves you anticipating the revelation, begging to see something that might reduce the horror with its tangibility, but when it finally begins to reveal itself you can only shrink and cower and plead with it to stop.

  • Sissy

    Sissy

    ★★★★½

    Night #30 of Hooptober IX.

    Loved this terribly; sweet, funny, vicious, and anxiety inducing. Colorful and manic with excellent and abundant gore effects. I adored the score, it's magical and playful, delivering a great undercurrent of whimsy to support the jet black humor. Aisha Dee is killer in the lead. I had such a blast.

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  • Welcome to the Occult Forest: The Movie

    Welcome to the Occult Forest: The Movie

    ★★★

    A new Shiraishi flick that's really an assembly of a six episode mini series. I appreciate how zany it gets right away, and there are fun moments with the over the top characters, weird and cheesy creatures, and a few surprisingly cool fight sequences. But it lacked the mystery element and buildup that makes the best of Shiraishi's works really pop. Entertaining in waves, but repetitive and lacking in scenes with lasting power.

  • Strawberry Mansion

    Strawberry Mansion

    ★★★

    Wanted and expected to like this more; some very beautiful shots and fun little ideas, plus a gorgeous score by way of Dan Deacon. But it was a lot more twee and sappy than quite worked for me. Will be a big hit for the right viewers though, I'm sure of it.

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  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★½

    Yeah, I just burst into tears at the sight of two animated bears hugging in a theater packed full of children.

  • The Silence

    The Silence

    ★½

    Birdemic with a budget. Tucci and Shipka deserve better than this.