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  • Ready or Not

    Ready or Not

    ★★★½

    Fun horror-comedy that could have used a couple more deaths, this way it drags at times. Samara Weaving is spot on as always but has had more to do in previous projects. Here she mostly screams like a pig on its way to the slaughterhouse. Overall, I had fun and got what I expected, although be warned - the best deaths are shown in the trailer.

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★

    When it comes to his movies, I'm neither a Tarantino worshiper nor a hater (his persona is a different story). This movie was so long, yet only two characters were properly developed. Why?
    The messiness of stuffing in all of the 60s Hollywood tropes makes the movie feel like a broken China doll. On the other hand, the acting was brilliant, there were some great jokes and the ending was entertaining if out of place.
    Also, Brad Pitt is hot, but I was severely misled by twitter on the number of shirtless scenes he has!? Anyway...

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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★

    Beautifully and meticulously crafted piece of cinematography that transports you directly into the seventeenth century. Everything from acting, through directing to the soundtrack is near perfect. The atmosphere is unnerving and suffocating. Lifting some of the dialogue directly from period sources was a stroke of crazy genius. The only thing I would change is the inclusion of actual witchcraft. The film would have been way more powerful had it followed the actual realities of witch-hunting and paranoia of the time.

  • Aladdin

    Aladdin

    ★★★

    I appreciated the attempt to give princess Jasmine more agency and since Naomi Scott pretty much stole the show, it almost worked. Unfortunately, it all fell apart when Jasmine caught the lamp and didn't use one of her perfectly good wishes to save the day - agency gone. I get that the story needed it but it needed logic as well.

    Otherwise, it was just more of the same.