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  • They Look Like People
  • The Blackcoat's Daughter
  • Waves
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

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  • Amber: The Girl Behind the Alert

    ★★★

  • There's Something Wrong with the Children

  • The Tree of Life

    ★★★½

  • Peluca

    ★★

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  • The Whale

    The Whale

    ½

    This will be a difficult review to write for a couple of reasons, which by the end I think will be made clear. The Whale has been reasonably controversial since we all heard about it at its festival run, as it provided a conflicted excitement for many. Branden Frasier provides a stellar performance while in a fat suit. That sentence alone is one to be excited and perturbed by. A career actor with ups-and-downs offers a return to form yet…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

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    My goodness. My GOODNESS. Believe the hype. It really is as amazing as everyone is saying. I haven't felt emotions this strongly and this deeply since Waves. I haven't laughed this hard or this consistently since Sorry to Bother You. It's crazy, but Everything Everywhere All at Once combines these two movies, tosses some Kurt Vonnegut in, and creates one of the most engaging, clever, creative, and human stories not just if 2022, but of the 2020's. And…

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  • Amber: The Girl Behind the Alert

    Amber: The Girl Behind the Alert

    ★★★

    Hits the baseline of a tv-documentary I want, except with much more confidence than what we're used to with modern streaming docs. Amber: The Girl Behind the Alert not only captures a story is not only devastating, it also includes unique characteristics such as its subject being filmed for a documentary before their disappearance, the telling of its tragedy being clear and well explained, and the finale showcasing a story of resilience and proactivity. Doesn't feel exploitative in the least. Feels like another step in the story. Finally, I've watched a good movie from January 2023. About time.

    Podcast & Blog: cinematicdoctrine.com/

  • There's Something Wrong with the Children

    There's Something Wrong with the Children

    Edited like it's a comedy movie. I'm not even kidding. Scenes feel like they're supposed to be jokes but There's Something Wrong with the Children is not a horror comedy. Yet, despite its content, scenes are filmed like they're supposed to be jokes, and the editing paces sequences as though they were telling jokes. It's extremely weird. The combination of truly bad children acting combined with wild editing and, ultimately, bad directing creates one of the worst, weirdest movies I've seen from 2023. Loving me that January! Just absurd.

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  • Despicable Me

    Despicable Me

    ★★★

    I would scroll my feed and see a minion. I would cringe. "Why?" I think to myself, "Why do the old women post minion? Why do they have the caption? Why is it this way?"

    And so, I would hate the minion. I would despise the minion. I would mock the minion when it came along. And I would destroy all wine-drinking minion posters.

    Then I had a dream. A dream where minions were dying. They were sick in a…

  • Dangerous Lies

    Dangerous Lies

    There's a character named Dwight in this movie and you don't understand how funny that is until you see the directors name.

    Thank me later.

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