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  • Blood

    ★★★★

  • Alone at Night

    ½

  • Das Boot

    ★★★★

  • Prey

    ★★★★½

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  • Blood

    Blood

    ★★★★

    Blood stars Michelle Monaghan as a recently divorced woman hoping to retain custody of her children. When her younger child comes down with a sickness, she discovers he's only cured through blood. She has to make some tough calls that risks both her custody of her children, her own safety, and the lives of others.

    I liked these characters and I liked the movie's whole moribund, dreary, somber mood. Every shot looks grayer and sadder than the last and the…

  • Alone at Night

    Alone at Night

    ½

    That moment when you start a movie and realize you've made a grave error in judgement. Alone at Night (spoiler: she's rarely alone at night) is a terrible, no good rotten stab (hah) at a slasher thriller mystery thing.

    This'll be familiar... during Covid lockdown, a woman shelters in a cabin... in the woods. She's a cam-girl so we get random inserted sexy time on laptops and also a Paris Hilton (?!) hosted reality show that's about as dumb as…

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  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★★½

    In my original review of Prey I praised it for its tone, setting, and characters... and how it was a variation on the original film. I'm not sure I agree on the variation since this is the last in my Predator franchise rewatch and if anything is a variation, it's Predators. Prey is doing something different.

    All the Predator films are about the underdogs vs. the armed alien menace from space. But all of them - except perhaps the two…

  • Knock at the Cabin

    Knock at the Cabin

    ★★★★

    Knock at the Cabin is one of M. Night Shyamalan's better pictures, often encroaching on the top tier of his career. Doesn't quite get there, but it's sometimes a squeaker. If the script had been a little tighter, a little smarter, we'd have had a winner (and we'd be one step closer to calling the bad ol' days of After Earth and The Last Airbender an anomaly).

    The film is about a family at a cabin (in the woods) who…