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  • The Seventh Seal
  • Hold the Dark
  • The Wanting Mare
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  • The Night House

    ★★★

  • The Accountant

    ★★

  • Ghost in the Shell

    ★★½

  • Stillwater

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  • The Accountant

    The Accountant

    ★★

    Carries its core silliness with a solemnity that’s initially effective, even melodic and oddly lovely in places. Then the bizarrely structured and epigram-heavy third act makes everything feel stupid and ponderous, retroactively as well. There’s a more sophisticated and sensitive film visible in places, but the aggressively po-faced, block-headed one wins out, especially given a few patently ridiculous reveals. That’s a shame, too; I’m quite taken with Ben Affleck’s performance, which has an old-school pulp detective feel to it.

  • Stillwater

    Stillwater

    It’s hard to know where to start with Stillwater.

    Grim, labored and ludicrous, writer/director Tom McCarthy’s first prestige effort since Spotlight is a mightily strange, stagnant beast: By turns a family drama, a based-on-a-true-story legal thriller, a romantic dramedy and an attempt to bend the hallmarks of Mediterranean noir toward political resonance. That the film is largely ineffectual in each of these modes is of course an issue, though ultimately one less ruinous than McCarthy’s grand-scale bungling of the tonal…

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  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    This smoothed my brain until it was but a shiny round pebble. Truly, audaciously terrible and inept filmmaking with a story that goes out of its way to be morally bankrupt and politically tone-deaf. Interesting to have an ostensibly aspirational Wonder Woman movie about the consequences of having aspirations. Interesting how no one writing DC’s main female superhero could fathom who she’d be without Chris Pine, so they improvised a lazy and inexplicable plot device to make sure they didn't…

  • Anna and the Apocalypse

    Anna and the Apocalypse

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    (•_•).   WHILE YOU’VE BEEN HIDING
    <) )>   I’VE BEEN KICKIN SOME ASS
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