While our political culture grows more repressive and reactionary, horror cinema is growing more diverse.
A sense of autobiography invests these performances with a life force that transcends the direct confines of the screen.
These scenes will be taking up prime real estate within our collective memories for years to come.
Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi is largely content to further the themes and narrative strategies of J.J. Abrams's predecessor, The Force Awakens.
This year offered incredible riches in cinema, as well as lowlights that are both obvious and intensely debatable.