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  • The Shining
  • All That Jazz
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Crash

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  • Alligator 2: The Mutation

    ★★

  • Lake Placid vs. Anaconda

    ½

  • Anaconda

    ★★

  • Primeval

    ★½

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  • Alligator 2: The Mutation

    Alligator 2: The Mutation

    ★★

    I watched ALLIGATOR 2 only a couple of days ago, but the content of this movie seems to be going the way of baby crocs in this series--flushed down the drain.

    I firmly recall how week the leading man is, though. Joseph Bologna is a police detective who strolls around the precinct and the greater community as if he's a good old piece of humble pie that everyone just loves. He firmly dislikes the idea of working with a partner…

  • Lake Placid vs. Anaconda

    Lake Placid vs. Anaconda

    ½

    I have a theory that director AB Stone is not really a person. I think that AB Stone is merely an anagram for 'No Beast'. I'm not sure what that could be code for, but I like thinking about different meta takes on this movie rather than the movie itself.

    LAKE PLACID VS. ANACONDA is the fifth film in both the LAKE PLACID and ANACONDA series. However, this was a straight-to-TV disaster clearly thought up by a horny brain trust…

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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★½

    With all of its production value, gimmicky roving camera, and (falsely advertised) real-time narrative, 1917 is impressive to experience, but honestly is a little light on an emotional core. George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman lack the weight, it seems, to make me care about them. Honestly, the long, 'look-at-me' shots have such forward momentum and 'what's next' drama, the audience never really gets a moment to slow down and get to know these young soldiers. And, that's what I think…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    The reference to 'Nomad' in the title of Chloe Zhao's new film has a twofold meaning. Quite literally, Frances McDormand lives a nomadic existence. She lives in her van and travels across the expanse of the US countryside, stopping along the way for periods of seasonal work. She's like a member of an ancient pre-agriculture civilization, always moving, no home, following a roaming food source. Only she roams and camps in her van. In Zhao's film, Nomad also refers to…