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  • Bird Box

    Bird Box

    ★★★★

    Definite enjoyed more than I thought I would, solid throughout. I would be onboard if Netflix wanted to turn this into a series.

  • Mortal Engines

    Mortal Engines

    ★★★½

    Very solid actiony-blockbuster, it's too bad this bombed as hard as it did. I enjoyed Mortal Engines more than Bumblebee and Aquaman which both had better RT scores and hugely more box-office take. Releasing in December was a mistake in hindsight, too many movies targeting the same demographic.

    Anyhow, here we have a young man, Tom, who gets caught up in intrigue onboard a giant-moving city in a fairly benign post-apocalyptic future. I didn't really get the point of the…

  • You Might Be the Killer

    You Might Be the Killer

    ★★★

    Passable meta-horror/comedy, You Might Be the Killer could have used more laughs and more kills. I feel like if I were a Buffy fan I might have gotten more enjoyment from screen-time with Alyson Hannigan, but since I never rode that bandwagon her segments were middling at best. The lead actor though was solid, and there are a couple of good laughs (cleaning away blood so FaceID works), a couple of decent kills, and a short runtime that bring this up to a pass.

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★

    Like Dr. Strange, I enjoyed this more on a rewatch, and have bumped from a 3.5 to 4-star review. The whole family enjoyed this, colorful action and non-stop humor throughout. Another great watch in prep for "Avengers Infinity War," which the family hasn't seen yet, and which we're watching Christmas Day.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    An absolute treat all around, Into the Spider-Verse is one of the best cinematic surprises in years.

    First off, visually the movie is astounding. It has a fresh aesthetic that perfectly combines comic books and CG, mixing in split-screen cuts, on-screen text, and other visual treats effortlessly. The climax is a colorful smorgasbord that wouldn't work in a live-action film, although I did fine it went a tad long.

    The characters are fantastic. In particular, I loved Miles Morales. Even…

  • Terrified

    Terrified

    ★★★

    Creepy ghost-creatures and a plot that isn't on rails are the highlights of this Spanish horror. Unfortunately the movie falls into the terrible trap of moronic characters making poor decisions, which isn't terrible if the film is winking at the audience or flat-out mixing in comedy with the horror. However when it is playing things as straight as Terrified does, these tropes bring it down several notches.

  • Overlord

    Overlord

    ★★★½

    Man I had this up to a 4 or 4.5 for the first half of the movie. FINALLY an exciting, guys-on-a-mission WWII movie like we haven't had in decades. I knew of course about the zombies, but I was thinking if they can integrate them as well as they absolutely *nailed* the first act of this flick, it will be pure gold. Unfortunately, they didn't.

    I liked that they went hardcore with the gore, but ultimately they didn't do anything…

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

    Ralph Breaks the Internet

    ★★★

    Fine animated flick, one or two laughs, but I'm two days removed and it is fading fast.

  • Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation

    Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation

    ★★★

    Not as funny as Equanamity, but still pretty good.

  • Dave Chappelle: Equanimity

    Dave Chappelle: Equanimity

    ★★★½

    I found out I am 100% politically aligned with Dave Chappelle.

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★

    Another film where I feel I fell victim to internet hype: Mandy was neither as overly violent and crazy (see The Night Comes For Us for a movie that delivers in that regard) as I thought it would be, nor does Nic Cage go as flat-out bonkers as I thought he would.

    Entertaining, but to be honest I saw this 2 weeks ago and just now am sitting to bang out a quick review, and already it's fading fast from the memory banks. Go in with lower expectations and I'm sure you'll find lots to love. It's coming to Shudder, if you're in the US, shortly.

  • The Beyond

    The Beyond

    ★★

    The Beyond is known as a gore-fest, and in that regard it doesn't disappoint. The gore is plentiful and inventive, although in many cases looks dated and inferior compared to better late 70s / early 80s entries such as Dawn of the Dead. However the film exists solely as a vehicle for this gore, and otherwise is completely nonsensical: it features 70s porno-music guitar riffs during character deaths, hilarious character decisions and actions, and bizarre side plots that go nowhere.…