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  • The Satanic Rites of Dracula

    ★★★

  • Friday the 13th

    ★★★

  • The Uninvited

    ★★★

  • Scream

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  • The Satanic Rites of Dracula

    The Satanic Rites of Dracula

    ★★★

    I'll still always prefer the gothic theatricality of Hammer at its peak, but I'm both pleased and surprised that the studio ended their series of eight Dracula films on this relative high note. Hammer movies had grown increasingly cheap, trashy, and desperate over the years, and in many ways Satanic Rites is no different from the silly trend-chasing of Dracula AD 1972 from the previous year. It ends up working thanks to some scrappy, energetic filmmaking and a script providing…

  • Friday the 13th

    Friday the 13th

    ★★★

    A remake that feigns towards being a "real" movie while still honoring the low-rent scuzziness of the movies it is remaking. It's got a game cast of solid professionals playing (occasionally obnoxious) archetypes, memorably gnarly kill scenes, and an iconic villain refashioned as an athletic, strategic-minded game hunter. I dig it.

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★

    One of the joys of Tenet is watching a movie do something that feels fresh and new. The portrayal of time travel here is, on its face, so stupidly basic (often we're just watching footage played backwards) and yet in practice it's such an awe-inspiring delight that, independent of anything else, this film was a great success just based on the staggering thrill of watching these mechanics play out. When the hero walks out that door into a world moving…

  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★★★

    There's a shot in The Departed— during the chase outside the theater, just after Billy looks into the wind chime mirror and sees his and Sullivan's reflections intermingling, becoming one— where Leonardo DiCaprio steps into frame and is blasted in red, white, and blue light. It ends with his face obscured in darkness, and I'm not sure there's a single shot in the film that better encapsulates one of the film's core themes: loss of identity in service to the…