This Is a Movie Review: Wilson

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I give Wilson 3.5 out of 5 Cute Dogsitters:

This Is a Movie Review: T2 Trainspotting

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I give T2 Trainspotting 3.5 out of 5 Needles Shared Between Friends:

This Is a Movie Review: The Sense of an Ending

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I give The Sense of an Ending 2 out of 5 Angry Letters:

This Is a Movie Review: Before I Fall

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I give Before I Fall 3 out of 5 Nth Chances:

This Is a Movie Review: Logan

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I give Logan 4 out of 5 Decapitations:

This Is a Movie Review: Get Out

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Get Out did not have me getting out of my seat from fright, which is unsurprising because I generally don’t get too scared at horror movies. But I imagine most people will not be frightened, as its techniques are less about jump scares (though it does have those) or general dread than about mindbending. Its signature concept (“the sunken place”) is a killer example.

This is basically cultural appropriation as body horror. Knowing that it is from Jordan Peele makes it easy – and sensible – to say that this concept could have started as a comedy sketch that evolved into a fright flick. And indeed, as the reveal plays out, it is clear that this actually has been done as comedy before.

I have a slight problem with a couple of moments that are endemic to the evil genius genre, in which small mistakes inexplicably give the hero a fighting chance. But I don’t want to quibble too much, because this is a clever extreme dramatization of a real societal fear, which is what the best horror movies do.

I give Get Out 18 Awkwardly Casually Racist Remarks out of 20 Days.

This Is a Movie Review: Bitter Harvest

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I give Bitter Harvest 2 out of 5 Soviet Memories:

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