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  • Miller's Crossing
  • Jaws
  • The Thing
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

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  • Double Impact

    ★★

  • The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

    ★★★½

  • Jaws

    ★★★★★

  • The Grudge

    ★★½

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  • Lifeforce

    Lifeforce

    ★★★★½

    Ah, the 1980s. It was a simpler time: a time of magic, miracles, demons and gods. A time when a cult horror director could commandeer a $25 million budget to construct an amalgamation of thoughtful British science-fiction and American horror. A time when Steve Railsback was considered a viable leading man. I speak of the infamous flop Lifeforce.

    Loosely based on Colin Wilson’s novel The Space Vampires — fairly on-the-nose for a title — director Tobe Hooper and screenwriter Dan…

  • From Beyond

    From Beyond

    ★★★★½

    Where would horror movies be without slime? It’s the perfect go-to method for disguising effect flaws while making the audience squirm with disgust. Enter From Beyond, the movie that puts the “goo” in “goopy.” Its chief monster, the dimensionally disfigured Dr. Pretorius, almost puts John Carpenter’s Thing alien to shame with its overall shape-shifting malleability and gallons of ooze.

    As if that weren’t enough, the movie as a whole is an excellent exercise in mad science, sadomasochistic inventiveness and squirrelly…

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  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    Am I the only one who wishes that the Brody’s adorable cocker spaniel had a bigger role?

  • Lifeforce

    Lifeforce

    ★★★★½

    Like it, don’t like it, that’s entirely a subjective viewpoint. But the fact that this wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar for visual effects is kind of a crime.

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  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★★½

    Mike Flanagan is, like Frank Darabont and precious few others, a director who gets Stephen King. He also gets movies, which is how his adaptation of Doctor Sleep adroitly treks the vast difference between King's The Shining and Kubrick's take. It takes Kubrick's masterpiece and infuses it with King's penchant for warm characters, resulting in a hybrid that's sometime unwieldy but always entertaining.

    I do wish it was scarier, though. Despite terrific performances from all involved, the creep factor isn't…

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★★

    A superhero movie where the entire planet isn't under threat of imminent annihilation? Thank the maker.