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  • Night of the Demons

    ★★★

  • The Velvet Underground

    ★★★

  • Boys State

    ★★★★

  • Days of Heaven

    ★★★½

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  • Night of the Demons

    Night of the Demons

    ★★★

    Extremely typical haunted house sort of flick, with all the trappings you'd expect. Occasionally elevated by some smart, stylish direction - the broken glass ensemble shot, Angela's strobe light dance sequence. Overlong, even at its 90 minute runtime, but it'll scratch the itch for something schlocky.

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★½

    The sort of movie you watch and realize it's exactly what everyone involved wanted it to be. Masterful on every level. It's not a movie I'd ever fall in love with - I'm not enough of a Shakespeare nerd - but, other than a few quibbles with the execution of some special effects, it's essentially perfect.

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  • A Trip to the Moon

    A Trip to the Moon

    ★★★★½

    Holds up surprisingly well! Great set design, fun effects, brisk pace, and some interesting imperialist (and/or anti-imperialist?) themes.

  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Gunn is a softer director than when he was helming Slither and Super, but damn if he doesn't get closer than anyone could expect. Who leaves a superhero movie expecting to list off their favorite kills?

    Splatter movies tend to be either moralizing or nihilistic; sometimes a bit of both. The Suicide Squad channels that energy here with a sort of a righteous streak: the world is cruel and senseless and brutal, and that's bullshit. You can't fix it, but…