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  • Escape from New York

    Escape from New York

    ★★★★½

    89

    4K Restoration

    Hardly has a pulse. Exists between fire and rain, light and dark, howls and stark silence. Runs on its own synth drip. Not even really an action movie, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    ★★★★★

    100

    Just bathe me in it. The wood. The oblivion of tree limbs and echoing screams and endless nightmares. Bing Crosby crooning away the final desperate moments of Crane's existence. The outstretched wail of the full moon beckons the light of evil, cackling and smiling along the path. All that's left was his hat.

  • Dick Tracy

    Dick Tracy

    ★★★★★

    97

    "You're one in a million."

  • Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

    Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

    ★★★★½

    83

    Stands tall as a remarkable cultural object and a peerless evocation of a one-of-a-kind talent. Beyoncé shifted the paradigm for festival shows in a way that was previously held by Kanye at the Hollywood Bowl, and the experience behind the creation and flawless execution of said event is wonderfully balanced. Shout-out to the man near the end who basically shits himself all while wearing a "I got hot sauce in my bag" shirt.

  • Empire Records

    Empire Records

    ★★★½

    65

    A fantasy in which the small-town record shop kills the music-store chain.

  • La Ciénaga

    La Ciénaga

    ★★★★½

    83

    ASMR cinema.

  • Kindergarten Cop

    Kindergarten Cop

    ★★★½

    70

    A rare action-comedy that is more comedy than action. Most of this is just Arnold Schwarzenegger hanging out with small children and it's adorable. What a concept.

  • Guava Island

    Guava Island

    ★★½

    46

    A struggle even at 55 minutes. Rihanna sorely underused. Not even really interested in Glover's brand of social commentary if it doesn't have much of anything to do with an upcoming project.

  • Wanda

    Wanda

    ★★★★½

    85

    A total unified synthesis between actor and performance. Barbara Loden *is* Wanda, rumbling through a observational, harsh reality of structures and concepts destined to ruin lives of those at the bottom of the well. A landmark achievement that flies by like a flash of memory.

    "That's the score."

  • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    ★★★★★

    95

    Iconography rising from the grave. Slasher scuzz is transformed within a Gothic zombie cemetary masquerading as laboratory, consumed with relentless carnage, all while the autumnal, whispering leaves are dissipating as slowly as the laughs. A shining example of a horror-comedy that never forgets to be scary, and one that lingers on terrifying notions in hilarious fashion. Paced like a bullet, every sequence leads to the next in exponential fashion. All the audience beats hit like a bass drop. The shot of the open cabin door, the shadow of the tree branches quivering in the wind, is an all-timer.

  • The Milk of Sorrow

    The Milk of Sorrow

    ★★½

    47

    Offers a stunning 'final shot' fake-out, but the rest runs in circles.

  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

    ★★★★

    78

    Ruthless and totally amazing. Starts with a kill compilation and ends with something close to moral ambiguity (lol)? Still, if you're looking for one of the defining slashers, this is it.