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  • Back to the Future
  • Toy Story
  • Evil Dead II
  • It's a Wonderful Life

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  • Nope

    ★★½

  • Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★

  • The Rocketeer

    ★★★½

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    ★★★★

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  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★½

    Some fairly strong visual concepts, but the movie built around them feels listless and bloated, with none of the tension and urgency found in Peele’s previous films. Also: far too many titular “nope”s!

  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★

    The true story of what happened to Brad Pitt’s character directly before the events of Cool World.

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  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    ★★★★

    In 1990, I was given the choice between seeing this and Dick Tracy, but I chose the latter out of fear that Gremlins 2 (directly marketed to kids like me) might be too scary. 32 years later, I now recognize I was a coward and a fool. I felt kind of lukewarm about this one when I last watched it over a decade ago, but after podcasting so long about '90s media, I truly appreciate its of-the-time send-ups of business…

  • The Rescuers Down Under

    The Rescuers Down Under

    ★★½

    The titular Rescuers seem mostly irrelevant in Down Under, a 73-minute movie (before credits) that doesn't feature their first appearance until the 18-minute mark. From the very beginning, it's clear the entire story is leading to their inevitable confrontation with the villain—who, by virtue of the film's rules, can't know they exist—so everything until then just feels like procrastination. Still, it's not awful, and the great character animation mostly saves it. Plus, it contains a John Candy performance, something that hasn't been possible for almost 30 years!