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  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★½

    2 hours and 20 minutes of of wall to wall incredible imagery, captured by some of the most aggressively beautiful camera work I've seen in years, brings to life this millennial hipster take on paranoid conspiracy thriller meets neo noir.

    Under the Silver Lake, like the director's previous efforts, takes place in a timeless world that feels simultaneously current and retro. This film also has some atmospheric similarity to David Robert Mitchell's The Myth of the American Sleepover and It…

  • Aziz Ansari: Right Now

    Aziz Ansari: Right Now

    ★★★★½

    Aziz Ansari: Right Now is a magic trick. It is simultaneously the comedian's best stand-up special and also a clever use of misdirection to make the audience question all of the reasons we may have doubted him. Taken at face value, Aziz shows an incredible maturity of material and presentation that starts out good and builds to great. Behind the scenes, he deftly builds a case for forgiveness and moving-on by illustrating his (and all of our) failures of morality…

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  • Lowlife

    Lowlife

    ★★★

    This totally messed-up movie that deals with human sex trafficking, organ theft, hard drugs, organized crime and corrupt cops somehow manages to pull a few heartstrings by the end. Lowlife seems to suffer from budget and casting constraints at the beginning—and you'd like to see a story this good have a little more technical polish—but things really pick up by the midpoint and Lowlife wins you over, even as it pushes you away. The inclusion of Ricardo Zarate's enforcer character…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★½

    Okay. Wow. I’m not quite sure what I think about this film, yet. It was kind of an overwhelming experience, as a lifetime fan of the Halloween franchise. There was so much to take in and process. I loved (almost) every minute of the movie (save a certain police car ride and the connected subplot) that was on screen, but I wanted a lot more ... more from certain supporting characters and a lot more from the eventual plot. I…