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  • Bad Santa 2

    Bad Santa 2 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Nov, 2016

    The most interesting part of "Bad Santa 2" is how it keeps Billy Bob's character development from the first film. His drunken crook Willie is a better man than the one we first saw in "Bad Santa," not as eager to drink himself to death or steal. But for all the talk of this being more vulgar than the first, it's decidedly less edgy, as Willie's rancor has dulled, so has the cut of the humor. Kathy Bates and Brett…

  • Morris from America

    Morris from America 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Nov, 2016

    Nuanced and amusing fish-out-of-water dramedy with an unusually mature perspective on coming of age and parenting. Craig Robinson for Best Supporting Actor, yo.

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  • Live Free or Die Hard

    Live Free or Die Hard 2007

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Jun, 2007 2

    Myopic fanboys largely just complained that this didn't have enough profanity, but as an exciting look at another bad day for Willis' John McClane, this does the trick. Wiseman's competent handling of action scenes is bolstered by Willis' enthusiastic performance, while the pacing makes it feel leaner than it actually is. Serious foul with the fighter jet/semi-truck battle, though, a scene so stupid and unnecessary that it nearly wrecks the climax.

  • Escape from New York

    Escape from New York 1981

    ★★★★ Added

    Kurt Russell always sat on the periphery of the A-list, a charming lead, convincing macho man, and fine actor, a household name yet never the sort of star who put asses in the seats by his name alone. This movie features perhaps his defining performance as Snake Plissken, a gunfighter whose ruthlessness is weighted by a conscience, a dry joker who cares for the decent people who cross his path and yet is content to watch the whole world come crashing down. People are worth saving, humanity isn't, every good anti-hero knows. Expect this role at the top of Russell's obituary, and with good reason.