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The third filmed go-round for Frank Herbert's venerable (and glossary-dependent) sci-fi bestseller finds another way to streamline a famously dense and challenging narrative by streamlining the plot and characters to the most forward-pushing essentials. As a beige-tinted spectacle it certainly delivers with cutting-edge visual effects and some inventive craft designs keeping your eyes busy throughout... though as with Denis Villeneuve's previous Blade Runner 2049, it all feels so arid and art directed you can't imagine a single person actually living…
Director Agustí Villaronga returns to horror territory here after his galvanizing In a Glass Cage with far more sedate results this time, though it has its share of visual beauty and spooky moments (not to mention another fine Javier Navarette score). Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown's María Barranco stars as a paranormal radio show host who gets nudged in the direction of believing her recently deceased ex stumbled onto something dangerous in a small Spanish village, so…
For years people will be debating whether this is a horror film, a dark comedy New England period piece, a twisted Americanization of the Prometheus and Sisyphus myths, and/or a bitterly amusing portrait of male aggression and (terror of) intimacy. Any way you slice it, this is a visually intoxicating and brilliantly acted two hander from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson that manages to surpass Robert Eggers' mostly excellent The Witch (or The VVitch if you wanna be all 7even about it) by sticking the landing all the way to the unforgettable final shot. Easily worth repeated viewings and one of the great macabre nautical nightmares.
Within hours of release this was already cemented as The Last Jedi of slasher sequels, with all the drama that entails. As with the 2018 film it's a mixed bag, but there's a much-needed shift in focus away from the very overdone Strode family hunting that finally gives a more coherent reason for Michael's escape and rampage. The returning cast members from the '78 original don't have a ton to do here (I hope Charles Cyphers and Nancy Stephens got…