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  • Hellraiser

    Hellraiser

    ★★★½

    Still surprisingly effective in spite of some pretty bad acting, that seriously-WTF ending, and Pinhead's over-exposure in later years.

  • CHiPS

    CHiPS

    ★★★½

    Surprisingly satisfying within the subgenre of Pointless Hollywood Adaptations of Long-Forgotten TV Shows Nobody Liked Much To Begin With. I hate to say it, but I came away from this thinking Dax Shepard may be some kind of weird genius.

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    ★★★★½

    Imaginative, exciting, funny, and even scary, this isn't just a great sequel — I'd say it's one of the truly great franchise films. It perfectly understands the possibilities and limitations of its cultural and industrial context, and puts them into play without being an asshole about it.

  • Man on Fire

    Man on Fire

    ★★★½

    As much as I should (and mostly do) dislike this film, I find myself returning to it time and again, probably drawn in by more than my fascination for Tony Scott's lurid high-contrast aesthetics or yet another powerful but one-dimensional Denzel Washington performance. The whole thing is politically, ideologically, and in most other ways impossible to defend, and yet it has the powerful taste of good, slippery pulp fiction, its many overblown idiocies adding to rather than detracting from its strength as a film. Moth, meet flame.