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  • Star Wars
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Jaws
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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  • Smile

    ★★★

  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

    ★★

  • Blonde

    ★★

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    ★½

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  • Smile

    Smile

    ★★★

    Simple but solid horror hook that leads to more than a few fun shocks. Some missed opportunities when the tensions starts to ramp up in the back half and bit of a weak climax that reaches for some emotional weight that's way out of its depth, but overall a good October trip to the movies.

  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

    ★★

    Straightforward horror sequel that's honestly just kind of boring, despite some fun bits and a good dose of Donald Pleasance.

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  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★½

    Tricky combination of perhaps one too many elements, where the overly fantastical Jack Kirby concepts and grounded myth making don't quite mix cleanly with the usual Marvel superheroing. There's more than a few times where it seems like it's going to turn into something really unique and eccentric, but it never fully commits. That said, there's a lot of interesting ideas being played with here, far more than in your usual Marvel film. Where the movie mainly trips up is…

  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★★★

    A sequel to a Kubrick classic 39 years later really has no right being this good. The Shining never struck me as the kind of film that needed or should ever have a sequel, but this works surprisingly well, not the least of which because it's mostly telling its own story, with its own characters, concepts, and themes (of course, being based off a book by the original author helps). And then when it finally does get into sequel territory,…