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  • Dazed and Confused
  • Jaws
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Evil Dead II

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  • X-Men

    ★★★★

  • Scream

    ★★★½

  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★½

  • The Greatest Showman

    ★★★

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  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★½

    Yet another clever and cutting (in more ways than one) sequel in the Scream franchise. There are now five films in this series, and four of them are (at least) solidly good. Can we take a minute to acknowledge the unlikeliness of this chain of events? Do you understand how impressive of a batting average that is, especially in the slasher genre where most sequels are hot trash and only get worse the further we get from the original movie?!…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★½

    So I'm definitely going to be an outlier here, which is fine. And it's not because of any ickiness one might feel watching a movie about a slow-blossoming romance between a 15-year-old boy and a girl who's at least 25. (If you listen closely to a specific piece of dialogue, you can make the argument that she's actually 28.) As far as I'm concerned, movies need not be arbiters of morality, so I'll leave that debate for Twitter.

    But what…

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  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★

    An effective and minimalist horror flick with a great concept and an even greater synth-driven score. (And the latter isn't the only thing that will make you think of John Carpenter here.) Maika Monroe plays Jay, a bored suburban teen who has sex with her newest fling in a parked car and ends up relentlessly stalked by a methodical supernatural entity as a result. Sure, the film is a metaphor for STDs and the dangers of intimacy, but writer/director David…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    There was some thought pre-release that, this being the middle section of a new trilogy, writer/director Rian Johnson would be putting a spin on saga high-point The Empire Strikes Back. Which starts out kind of true until you realize that Johnson is putting a spin on Empire AND Return of the Jedi AND still finding time to create something truly new and daring for the Star Wars universe. This is not a bridge film to Episode IX. It’s a nearly…