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  • The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein

    ★★★

  • Minions: The Rise of Gru

  • Fourth of July

  • Murina

    ★★★★

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  • Dracula and Son

    Dracula and Son

    ★★★

    Have been curious about this forever, since the Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film described the movie and bemoaned its comedically dubbed (ostensibly) U.S. version. I had not been able to see either. So Severin is doing great service by including a very good transfer of Molinaro's original along with the benighted U.S. version in the "Eurocrypt of Christopher Lee Volume 2" package. The original is a reasonably clever and enjoyable supernatural farce in which, yes, Christopher Lee speaks excellent French and…

  • All Through the Night

    All Through the Night

    ★★★

    Fun, but would be more fun if it were REALLY a "gangsters versus Nazis" story. To placate the Hays Office, I gather, Bogart's character is a "sportsman" (pro gambler, essentially) rather than a mobster. While his support crew, particularly Demarest and McHugh, is a delight, this is definitely Warners in more buttoned-up mode.

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  • Hustlers

    Hustlers

    ★½

    A flat script, poorly directed. Every frame is all about whatever's in focus, in foreground; there's no background action, no production design; it's like they shot in a series of vacant lots. Jennifer Lopez's Terry Molloy impersonation is kind of funny, but anyone seeing Constance Wu for the first time in this movie might well wonder how she became a working professional actor. Julia Stiles shines as "Concerned Woman." The fact that this is getting so much praise indicates we…

  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives

    ★½

    So relentlessly full of shit it's relatively hilarious. Interesting idea to cast Kristen Scott Thomas as Courtney Love though.