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  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★★★½

    Revenge thrillers are traditionally wish fulfillment, something that cannot be said about Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale. The film's greatest strength is also what makes it hardest to watch: Kent's absolute and uncompromising eye for the cruelty and brutality of human behavior, and the messy reality of "an eye for an eye."

  • Banana Split

    Banana Split

    ★★★½

    A very funny rom-adjacent-com about an extremely unique friendship. First-time director Benjamin Kasulke deftly juggles R-rated comedy and teens-entering-the-real-world drama with a crisp, poppy energy, although the real star is Hannah Marks, who both plays the lead role of April and co-wrote the screenplay and scores big laughs with both.

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  • Vampire's Kiss

    Vampire's Kiss

    ★★★★★

    Audio commentary by director Robert Bierman and actor Nicolas Cage. 90 minutes of Bierman and Cage giggling in awe and confusion at what a ridiculous, ludicrous, insane movie they were able to get away with making, and it is glorious. Essential companion viewing to the film itself.

  • A Good Day to Die Hard

    A Good Day to Die Hard

    ½

    First things first: The Die Hard sequels can never be Die Hard. Despite a handful of cheesy moments, the original film is a masterpiece of action movie engineering. The writing and acting are top-notch all by themselves, but it's John McTiernan's brilliant direction that sets the movie head and shoulders above 99% of the genre, and the trajectory of Die Hard 2 (love it or hate it) established that key plot elements and the McClane character would be the backbone…