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  • The Witches

    The Witches

    ★★

    Garish CGI, superficial kiddie film antics, a dolled-up Lisa Marie lookalike taking center stage, great actors standing around wasting their time, a message about being true to yourself, adapting a vaguely Halloween season appropriate book by a beloved author that's already been turned into a perfectly good movie decades ago - oh Tim Burton, when will you give it a rest already?

    Wha--Zemeckis?! Robert Zemeckis made this? I'm not sure if this is worse than the motion capture phase (it…

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★★½

    Sacha Baron Cohen has remained pretty consistently funny throughout the movie taunts he's written and starred in - "Borat", "Bruno", "The Dictator", "Grimsby", and now "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm". Cleverly satirical and pushing the meters for offensive comedy tactics (incest, pedophilia, scatalogy, misogyny, racism) as far as they'll go, he's still a disarmingly silly provocateur, like Jonathan Swift, Andy Kaufman and the Farrelly Bros. blended into one comic force. There are a lot of good laughs in this sequel (a misunderstanding…

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  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★½

    Pragmatic!

    Is the best way to describe this scrappy, intense, black-comedy thriller from the rising master of scrappy, intense, black-comedy thrillers Jeremy Saulnier. Like his debut "Murder Party", this is a chamber piece, confining a young punk band to mostly one room of a neo-Nazi club they made the mistake of playing at, where they become sitting ducks after witnessing a murder. And close quarters suit Saulnier's modus operandi impeccably, as he once again tackles a succinct premise with an…

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ★★★★½

    Oooh yeah! One of those movies that reignites my love for the medium, not that it was flagging or anything, but this actually thrilled me physically and as a (formerly) prospective writer myself. I never wanted to be avant garde or anything – my dream was to write and/or make smart but accessible entertainment like this (and preferably in genre territory), so to see it pulled off so expertly every now and then in movies like "10 Cloverfield Lane" feels…