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  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    ★★★

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    ★★★

  • Halloween Kills

    ★★★

  • Midnight Mass

    ★★★

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  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    ★★★

    If I may go go against the grain: I prefer the silent version with John Barrymore. No doubt there's a lot to recommend here—the first-person camera techniques, early use of split screen (I wonder if Ang Lee watched this before his "Hulk" movie), and one of Miriam Hopkins' best roles outside of her work with director Ernst Lubitsch. I also think this adaptation makes the story more interesting by refusing to paint Dr. Jekyll as saintly as Barrymore did. But…

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    ★★★

    The setup feels a bit belabored compared to your average silent horror fare (the movie has less than an hour left by the time Mr. Hyde shows himself), and while the intertitles can suggest the depths of Hyde's depravity, the film obviously can't illustrate any of it. That said, John Barrymore is terrific—and if Hyde has to appear monstrous, I'll go with this depiction and its long slender fingers and ghastly dome of a head, which seems to predict 1922's "Nosferatu."

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  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    ★★★

    We're very much in sequel territory here, in that the filmmakers just assume you recently rewatched 2018's "Halloween," and don't bother to recap any of its events or reintroduce any of its characters. For anyone who thought that film ended a little too cleanly, with a note of matriarchal empowerment, rest assured: evil refuses to die. And for anyone who thought the last one wasn't violent enough to live up to its slasher status, you'll be pleased to know: I'm…

  • Cat People

    Cat People

    ★★★★★

    "But I love silence. I love loneliness. And they—they are in me. Their strength, warmth. They're soft, they're soft." A Jungian fever dream of life in the urban jungle. Pop psychology, sexual repression, and marital regrets stir in the film that kicked off Val Lewton's string of RKO greats. Might be the most effective use of light, shadow, and fog in the history of its genre. The Criterion Blu-ray looks incredible.