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  • Chopping Mall

    Chopping Mall

    ★★

    Movies 2018 - 248. Chopping Mall (1986; written by Jim Wynorski and Steve Mitchell; directed by Jim Wynorski)

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    Eight teenagers in a mall after hours are stalked by malfunctioning robotic security guards. Chopping Mall is the prime example of 80s horror cinema. Not only do you get a slasher movie with teens engaging in premarital sex, but hey, there are robots, too. Chopping Mall isn’t the brightest bulb in the horror genre, but it knows that and…

  • Gate of Hell

    Gate of Hell

    ★★★★½

    Movies 2018 - 247. Gate of Hell (1953; written by Teinosuke Kinugasa and Masaichi Nagata; directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa)

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    A samurai falls in love with a married lady-in-waiting after saving her life. As I mentioned yesterday, I love samurai films far more than their American counterpart, the western. Watching Teinosuke Kinugasa’s Gate of Hell made me want to go back and lower the scores of both High Noon and Shane as neither one of those…

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  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    Creature from the Black Lagoon

    ★★★½

    Movies 2018 - 246. Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954; written by Harry Essex and Arthur A. Ross; directed by Jack Arnold)
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    A group of scientists attempt to capture a mysterious sea creature from the Amazon. I have a special place in my heart for the Universal monsters. There is something really fun about the films that introduce these characters. They tell great stories and actually find ways to make the monsters somewhat…

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation

    ★★★½

    Movies 2018 - 237. The Invitation (2015; written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi; directed by Karyn Kusama)

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    A grieving father is invited to a mysterious dinner party by his ex-wife and her new husband. Recently, I have watched a handful of movies (and a season of a television show) that were completely derailed by their lackluster endings. It is refreshing when a film goes the opposite direction. The Invitation is an entertaining film for…