THE WITCH was good old-fashioned religious horror

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The Witch — ★★★☆

Religious horror is a genre I enjoy, despite not being religious. (Hey, this sounds familiar — just the other day I posted about loving paranoid political thrillers despite not being paranoid!) The Exorcist and The Omen are highly rewatchable favorites of mine. I’m not sure how rewatchable The Witch is, but I’m sure how religious it is, and how old-fashioned, and that I appreciated it.

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88th Academy Awards predictions

I already posted my personal picks for the major categories, irrespective of actual qualification requirements or, goodness knows, likelihood. Those can be seen by clicking here. Now it’s time to predict what will happen at the 88th Academy Awards for films from 2015. I’ll go whole hog and predict every category.

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The Best of 2015

Chloë Moretz in CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
Chloë Moretz in CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

A few of these may not be eligible for the real awards, but let’s ignore Oscar guidelines for now; we’ll do a separate post predicting the actual winners. These are the Best of 2015 as I see it.

Best Picture: Clouds of Sils Maria — ★★★★ — See my Flickchart review here. I neglected to compare it to Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, but the similarities are great. A quick edit may be in order before the Oscar nominations make the review relevant again. Kristen Stewart is getting the buzz, thanks in part to Cannes voters’ enthusiasm for her performance, but my own preference is seen in the picture above.

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