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  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★★

    Finding order in the chaotic disorder of a nation torn between battle abroad and battle at home, Aaron Sorkin’s latest patriotic, word-galore courtroom drama is a testiment to the power of and the need for justice, of righteousness, of sense.

    The film is not as clean and orderly as A Few Good Men, but here the few are multiplied, perhaps infinitely, as they seek to overturn an unjust use of power. With the many faces comes numerous perspectives on what…

  • Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby

    ★★★★★

    Is it the eye of God watching indifferently at the apartment building soon to be inhabited by Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse? Or is it just a voyeuristic inner-city dweller? The opening shot of Rosemary’s Baby tracks ominously across the demonically palatial apartment complex, accompanied by a lullaby full of strangely dark vocals. From the get-go, the vast but confined space of New York is brimming with claustrophobia and tales of terrifying maleficence.

    The over-joyous Farrow and charming Cassavetes are moved…

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  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★

    Many a movie has spoofed the genre in which it lives and breathes, but close to none has done it so effectively as Wes Craven’s Scream. The fact that you’re able to enjoy his horror flick for the hilarious metacommentary it is on the slasher genre as well as being legitimately freaked out by the stalking, menacing Ghostface is simply extraordinary. Also, Craven’s craft here is close to incomparable, close to Carpenter in terms of being so solid and well-made that you barely notice how effective it is.

  • Trick 'r Treat

    Trick 'r Treat

    ★★★

    While this seemed awfully devoid of scares and spooks, it was however filled to the brim with a powerful sense of love for Halloween. If people watch this to get in the right Halloween mood, like people watch certain films to feel Christmasy, I cannot fault them, because it is so devoted to this season and the affection that flows through all the characters in all these interconnected stories.

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  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★

    Dracula did in three episodes what Game of Thrones took eight seasons to do; it completely drained a lively setup and a delicious middle with a lifeless conclusion.

  • Enola Holmes

    Enola Holmes

    ★★★

    Netflix’s Enola Holmes is Fleabag Lite – a watered down, unsubtle feminist endeavor that is at its best and most enjoyable when it embraces the mysteries and relationships; when it embraces her as a character and not as a forced icon; when she acts and fights and loves and not her telling us what character she is through preachy words and winks at the camera.