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Outbreak

The thriller occupies the same territory as countless science fiction movies about deadly invasions and high-tech conspiracies, but has been made with intelligence and an…

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles

It is perfectly cast and soundly constructed, and all else flows naturally. Steve Martin and John Candy don't play characters; they embody themselves.

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The Unloved, Part 66: Destroyer

I've long admired Karyn Kusama without ever falling head over heels in love with her body of work. Chalk it up to adolescence or masculinity, either is an excuse for not engaging with what she handed me: expertly crafted visual art masquerading as genre. I was just waiting until she found a script worthy of her enormous talent, it turned out. 

Last year's "Destroyer" put me squarely back on her frequency. It's everything a studio film ought to be nowadays: post-modern, unsparing, ugly, cool, unforgettable. Kusama's days of vexing audiences may be everlasting but let's hope her days without a built-in audience are coming to a swift close. She's a real, electrifying talent and it's time we all got on the same page about her.

The Unloved - Destroyer from Scout Tafoya on Vimeo.

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