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  • Jaws 2

    ★★★

  • The Shining

    ★★★★★

  • Mama

    ★★★

  • The Ghost Ship

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  • Jaws 2

    Jaws 2

    (73) Following one of the greatest blockbusters of all time, Jaws 2 was always going to have a hard time of it. Returning cast members lend this first sequel a level of legitimacy, but the familiar faces also invite far too many direct comparisons. While it can't hold an oar to Spielberg's original, Scheider and company turn out for strong performances, and no one told John Williams to bring anything less than his A-game.

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    (93) It's tough to argue with Stephen King's assessment of this 1980 film as a poor adaptation of his work. That being said, as a movie buff and horror fanatic, embarking on a review of The Shining is a daunting proposition. The film is a textbook on slow-burn suspense, enhanced by Kubrick's compelling visuals and a creeping, sinister score. Praise is often heaped on Nicholson's performance as Jack Torrence, and deservedly so, but it's Shelley Duvall's dynamic yet nuanced take…

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  • 13 Golden Nuns

    13 Golden Nuns

    (68) Having sat through a 2D presentation first, I can attest that Shogun Women is infinitely more watchable in its intended 3D format. As a vehicle for shameless assaults on the visual foreground, the film excels. Moments that might play as merely mediocre in a larger kung fu context are elevated by the joy of having the punches, kicks, and a menagerie of projectiles hurled directly at your face.


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  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★★

    (94) Just about the epitome of cool, this sophomore effort finds Quentin Tarantino at his absolute finest. On first viewing I ran through Pulp Fiction three times back to back. In all seriousness, the tape didn't leave my VCR for a week. Slick dialogue, a circus of engaging characters, and a narrative structure that was highly unusual for its time make this one of the single best films of the nineties. Nearly every line of the screenplay is quotable and they often are; watch this one and it will finally all make sense. I promise.