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  • Cruella

    ★★

  • Nightcrawler

    ★★★★

  • Candyman

    ★★★½

  • House

    ★★½

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  • Cruella

    Cruella

    ★★

    Figures that the first film I actually get to watch in an actual cinema in two years is Cruella of all things, and even then I had to go to a foreign country to do it. For that reason alone I'm probably being kinder to it than I would otherwise, as I wouldn't have seen it at all unless I was desperate.

    I don't know anything about fashion but clearly a lot of effort went into the costume designs, some…

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★

    Grim in a way you don't often see. It's not graphic, but the absolute disregard for the value of life as a working prerequisite for its characters can get a bit hard to handle. Frank and callous discussions about how the cost of footage for dead white people is higher because it plays better on TV than that of minorities. A station chief who warps stories as they go out on air like an orchestra conductor. You need to be…

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  • House

    House

    ★★½

    Surreal collection of stop-motion animations with a variety of media, including hand drawings, photograph collages, and what I guess could be found footage. Completely without dialogue or discernible plot, so what you get out of this really depends on what you're willing to invest in the symbolism and how much you enjoy strange animation.

    IMDb suggests these animated sequences are the hallucinations of a woman who bookends each sequence. To me, I think it's trying to highlight how so much…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★½

    As a piece of craft, I can't think of any one element it truly excels in, but it's definitely competent. It never really quite goes for the throat on the most important themes it's getting at, and it's getting at some heavy stuff - the ghettoization and abandonment of communities, racial tensions, the patriarchal pressures women in academia face - but only ever seems to skim their surfaces. You're already having a guy going around disembowelling people with a hook;…