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reviewed Creepshow 2. October 07, 2012
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*1/2 out of ****    "Creepshow 2" is absolute laziness stemmed from an absolutely inspired idea. The first "Creepshow" was an utterly fantastic anthology horror film that told three …
reviewed The Three Stooges (2012 film). October 07, 2012
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The Three Stooges
** out of ****    Think of how disastrous this could have been: a modern jab at cinematically reincarnating the popularity of the Three Stooges. As you may know, all three members …
reviewed Brazil (movie). September 16, 2012
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Brazil
**** out of ****    Apparently, some people actually doubt the genius of Terry Gilliam. Here we have one of the most obviously imaginative minds working in the film industry of today …
reviewed Rushmore. September 16, 2012
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Rushmore
**** out of ****    For the longest time after seeing it for the first time, I loved Wes Anderson's "Rushmore" without knowing what made it so special to me, when compared to say, …
reviewed Repo Man. August 27, 2012
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Repo Man
***1/2 out of ****    "The life of a repo man is always intense" says Harry Dean Stanton as Bud in one of the most prolific scenes from the Alex Cox cult favorite "Repo Man". The film, …
reviewed The Blues Brothers. August 27, 2012
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The Blues Brothers
**** out of ****    Whenever I sit down to watch "The Blues Brothers", I envision myself putting on the black sunglasses, suit, and fedora worn by its titular brothers. That is the …
reviewed Creepshow. August 17, 2012
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***1/2 out of ****    In 1982, two of horror's greatest living legends, author Stephen King and director George Romero ("Night of the Living Dead", "Martin"), combined their twisted …
reviewed Swingers. August 17, 2012
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Swingers
***1/2 out of ****    Aspiring celebrities and golfers by day and passionate nighthawks by dark; the characters of Doug Liman's "Swingers" are perhaps the definitive male film personalities …
reviewed Wedding Crashers. August 17, 2012
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Wedding Crashers - Uncorked
*** out of ****    John (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) are a pair of peculiar male specimens. They work as divorce mediators in Washington, D.C. pretty much year-round; that …
reviewed Dead Alive. August 17, 2012
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Dead Alive (Unrated) (Sp) (1993)
**** out of ****    I love blood. I love guts. I love gore. I love anything (artificial) that flows in large amounts, even if we aren't speaking of bodily fluids. But if we are, then …
reviewed The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975 m.... June 24, 2012
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**** out of ****    Characterized by its signature catchy lyrics, dancing trannies, midnight movie stylistics, and blood-red pouty lips on the common poster; "The Rocky Horror Picture …
reviewed Rock 'n' Roll High School. June 24, 2012
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Rock 'n' Roll High School
**** out of ****    "Rock 'n' Roll High School" is a movie that exists in its own world. Yes, it is a high school movie; but not just a high school movie, and certainly one that's …
reviewed Men in Black II. June 14, 2012
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Men in Black II
* out of ****    Barry Sonnenfeld is one of those directors who just wants you to have a good time. That seems to be the motive behind each and every one of his motion pictures so …
reviewed Men in Black. June 14, 2012
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Men in Black
***1/2 out of ****    As humans, we assume that we are alone on this earth, but we are wrong. Extraterrestrials hop from planet to planet, and eventually they will land on ours. More …
reviewed Dazed and Confused. June 14, 2012
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Dazed and Confused
**** out of ****    Perhaps I grew up in the wrong generation. The last day of school - when in High School - has never been a "thing" for me, at least not in my town, based on my …
reviewed In Bruges. June 14, 2012
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In Bruges
**** out of ****    Alfred Hitchcock once deemed it unwise to kill either a child or a dog in a movie. Well, this logic seems to have been abandoned, until now. Martin McDonagh's "In …
reviewed Fast Times at Ridgemont High. June 14, 2012
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High
*** out of ****    Cameron Crowe went undercover as a student at Clairmont High School (in San Diego) while in his early years spent as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine. He came, …
reviewed Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. June 14, 2012
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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
*** out of ****    Adam McKay's "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" is a full-time, full-force farce. A lot of comedies tend to at least try and achieve some sort of slight dramatic …
reviewed Ed Wood. May 31, 2012
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Ed Wood
**** out of ****    Often called the worst film director of all time - with his films also given the privilege of being regarded as some of the crappiest ever produced - it would seem …
reviewed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (20.... May 23, 2012
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
*** out of ****    Advertised to audiences both young and old alike, the universe that Roald Dahl created in his 1964 novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" has always been one …
reviewed Edward Scissorhands. May 23, 2012
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Edward Scissorhands
**** out of ****    An old woman with a raspy voice tells her grandchild a bedtime story on a snowy night about the strange, abandoned Gothic castle that rests on a hill that can be …
reviewed Beetlejuice (movie). May 23, 2012
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Beetlejuice
*** out of ****    Here's a movie that goes big and attempts to re-write the rules of an age-old genre and emerges with delightfully mixed but exciting results. In "Beetlejuice", a …
reviewed Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. May 23, 2012
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***1/2 out of ****    Paul Reubens might have trudged through his share of media controversy, but with Tim Burton's debut feature "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure", his legacy as a once world …
reviewed National Lampoon's Animal House. May 12, 2012
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National Lampoon's Animal House
*** out of ****    John Belushi is the heart and soul of "Animal House", the John Landis helmed comedy picture that single-handedly re-invented old genre conventions and in the process …
reviewed Hot Fuzz (2007). April 11, 2012
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Hot Fuzz (Widescreen Edition) (2007)
**** out of ****    Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) finds himself the victim of "for-the-hell-of-it" logic. An intelligent, fast-talking police officer in London's Metropolitan Police …
reviewed Shaun of the Dead. April 11, 2012
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Shaun of the Dead
**** out of ****    Edgar Wright is the kind of guy who I would best describe as nice. A director of comedy films - always has, always will be, I hope - , it's surprising that one …
reviewed Bubba Ho-Tep. April 02, 2012
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Bubba Ho-Tep
***1/2 out of ****    The charm of a Don Coscarelli film is the way in which he treats his characters and the sparks that fly between them. Seldom does he mean to do this in a romantic …
reviewed 21 Jump Street (2012 film). April 02, 2012
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21 Jump Street
*** out of ****    "21 Jump Street" is one of those comedies - one of those good, honest, thoroughly funny comedies - that appeals to at least two generations and treats them as its …
reviewed Fido. April 02, 2012
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Fido
** out of ****    I have seen my share of zombie films both good and bad; and the Canadian-made "Fido" isn't either. It's a satirical horror-comedy with an intriguing premise, but …
reviewed Pieces. April 02, 2012
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Pieces
*** out of ****    The posters and advertisements for Juan Piquer Simon's "Pieces" claim that you don't have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre; and so you don't. Most of the film …
reviewed Do the Right Thing. March 21, 2012
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**** out of ****    It's the hottest day of the summer in an all-black neighborhood somewhere in Brooklyn. Residents search for beer in a blazing wasteland of heat, while others simply …
reviewed The Stuff. March 15, 2012
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*** out of ****    Larry Cohen's "The Stuff" concerns the discovery of a mysterious bubbling goo that some man located in the arctic or somewhere like that happens upon and samples; …
reviewed Tower Heist. March 10, 2012
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Tower Heist
** out of ****    I respect that Brett Ratner designed "Tower Heist" as a film made specifically for him and his few loyal fans; those who have enjoyed his various escapist films throughout …
reviewed Duck Soup. February 05, 2012
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Duck Soup
**** out of ****    If the Marx Brothers can't make you laugh, then I don't know who - or what - can. Since the beginning of time, comedy cinema has been dominated by the purely physical …
reviewed Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. January 28, 2012
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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
*** out of ****    "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" is writer Judd Apatow - and director Jake Kasdan's - response to the modern biopic craze that started somewhere mid 2000's. The …
reviewed Cop Out. January 28, 2012
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Cop Out
* out of ****    When the end credits for "Cop Out" started to roll and the words "directed by Kevin Smith" graced the screen; I couldn't help but cry a little inside. As a strong …
reviewed Coffee and Cigarettes. January 09, 2012
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Coffee and Cigarettes
*** out of ****    Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes" will either engage or flat-out bore you. I suppose the same could go for the majority of the director's other films, but I …
reviewed Scrooged. December 30, 2011
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Scrooged
* out of ****    Sometimes, I'm afraid I wonder just a bit too much. When I approached "Scrooged", I wondered whether a modernized spin on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" could …
reviewed Bad Santa (2003). December 30, 2011
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Bad Santa (2003)
**** out of ****    Just about any film with the image of a man dressed as Santa Clause throwing up behind a bar - merged with the film's title card - is going to humor some and scare …
reviewed Re-Aminator. December 16, 2011
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**** out of ****    "Re-Animator" is the kind of movie that only a director like Stuart Gordon could make this well. It is based upon an H.P. Lovecraft short story (Herbert West - …
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