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  • Her Smell

    Her Smell

    ★★★★

    There are artists whose early achievements were so important and significant to us that despite years of self-destructive behavior and half-efforts at returning to their former glory, we continue to hope against hope that they will achieve the self-assured, sober frame of mind we believe was central in producing the art we hold dear. ‘Her Smell’ lives in this desire and its contradictions, in the lives of those closest to the rock star in question: band mates, family members, managers,…

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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★

    It's truly unfair to have to make a follow up to a film like Get Out, which succeeds on almost every level. 'Us' has a compelling concept at its core but ultimately fails to flesh it out in a satisfying way.

    There are some great moments, especially one scene which does for 'Good Vibrations' what The Strangers: Prey at Night did for 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'. And a few of the confrontations are tense, but only briefly, and are…

  • Bicycle Thieves

    Bicycle Thieves

    ★★★½

    You either die in poverty or you live long enough to see yourself become the Bicycle Thief.

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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★½

    A mostly satisfying sequel to one of the great horror movies of all time. It's very much a nostalgia trip, and there aren't any substantially new ideas, but this film is very well done, and there's a lot of great, laugh out loud humor throughout. Whether the jokes detract from the horror or pair well with it depends on what you want from a Halloween movie. After the world premiere Danny McBride said to the crowd that our reaction made…

  • Blockers

    Blockers

    An above average comedy which splits its time between the archetypal teenagers planning to lose their virginity at prom and the archetypal concerned parents trying to control their teenager’s activities. What breathes new life into these tropes is that the views on sex here are much more progressive than usual for films of this nature, and the comedic performances are great (particularly from Geraldine Viswanathan, but the entire main cast is solid). Some of the gags are quite hokey, reminding you that this is indeed a Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg produced film, but the moments where the film succeeds overshadow the times where it doesn’t.