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  • The Substitute

    The Substitute

    ★★

    Arriving eight months after Dangerous Minds, The Substitute provides a not so inspirational variation on the teacher drama. Tom Berenger plays a Vietnam vet and grizzled mercenary who poses as a substitute teacher to try to clean up the Miami high school where his girlfriend (Diane Venora) teaches and was mugged. This is an analog movie all the way and the attempt to depict at risk '90s youths getting mixed up in the thug life is laughable today. As are…

  • Clifford

    Clifford

    ★★★★

    Rewatched in honor of Martin Short's 70th birthday. I can see how this movie would attract critical disdain, starring a 40-year-old comedian as a 10-year-old boy, but I've always found it to be pretty hilarious and that hasn't changed. Short is a treasure who deserves to have had more leading and even supporting roles over the years. Charles Grodin is another underappreciated gem, who completely holds his own as Uncle Martin, the flappable foil to the titular menace. A lot…

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  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic the Hedgehog

    ★★

    Two things we learned from this:
    1. James Marsden doesn't age
    2. James Marsden doesn't regret Hop

    Full review on DVDizzy

  • Murder Mystery

    Murder Mystery

    ★★½

    It seems pretty clear that Murder Mystery was conceived as a kind of contemporary take on Agatha Christie, only to be retrofitted as a venue for Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston to reunite. As in their previous film together, the pair give this one broad appeal and breezy watchability that makes it ideal as the Netflix offering that millions will choose to unwind with at the end of a taxing work week.

    Full review on DVDizzy.