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  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    ★★★★

    This was super engaging and a lot of fun. I liked that I didn't trust any of the characters (except Miles) because that added to it. So, yeah, the Gone Girl comparisons have been made and they're apt because this is like Gone Girl, only with actual likeable characters.

    I wasn't clear on how long Stephanie and Emily actually knew each other before declaring they were best friends, but given their romantic relationships I guess it doesn't really matter, honestly.

  • A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting

    A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting

    ★★½

    This was like a The Baby-Sitters Club, Labyrinth, Adventures in Babysitting, and Beetlejuice mash-up. The movie started strong but I lost interest about halfway through and had it on as more of background noise. I think, for me, the two big issues are the lack of humor and that the chemistry of the actors/characters never quite gels.

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  • Prescription: Murder

    Prescription: Murder

    ★★★★★

    If you, like I, already love Columbo but haven't seen this before, it's such a great distillation of what the character and the (eventual) show are all about. Everything about every great Columbo episode/movie is there, and the way I want Columbo to take down these moneyed, smug a-holes remains a constant. Columbo is the actual best and Peter Falk is perfection.

    I screened this for my students last year, and many of them had never seen the show so…

  • Deidra & Laney Rob a Train

    Deidra & Laney Rob a Train

    ★★★½

    There is a lot I liked about this movie, including the casting. I thought Deidra, Laney, and Jet all actually looked like siblings whose mom was the actress playing the mom, which was nice. I also, of course, loved that it's about two super smart and badass girls.

    I loved the casting of Claire because I love a plus-sized mean girl. I was not expecting that at all (and, in fact, thought the story was going to go a different…