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  • Hooper
  • Smokey and the Bandit
  • White Lightning
  • Sharky's Machine

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  • The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

    ★★★

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★

  • Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★

  • Time Bandits

    ★★★★

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  • The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

    The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

    ★★★

    I described "Conan the Destroyer" as PG-for-1984, well, "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" is rated G-for-1973, so Caroline Munro's wardrobe is barely there and Tom Baker's evil wizard draws blood from his arm to make liberal use of "the demons of darkness." John Phillip Law, of "Barbarella" and "Danger: Diabolik" fame, stars as the titular sailor, and he certainly looks the part of a matinee idol, but the real star here is Ray Harryhausen's dynamite stop-motion animation. I was particularly…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★

    I'll never say a bad word about Sam Raimi—the filmmaker grew up not far from me and he's the definition of "Michigan boy made good"—but if you had told me that Scott Derrickson had directed this film, I would believe you. I also can't imagine a multiverse in which it's possible for me to still give a shit about the 28th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I think introducing a bunch of fan favorite characters and then killing them…

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  • Cat People

    Cat People

    ★★★★★

    "But I love silence. I love loneliness. And they—they are in me. Their strength, warmth. They're soft, they're soft." A Jungian fever dream of life in the urban jungle. Pop psychology, sexual repression, and marital regrets stir in the film that kicked off Val Lewton's string of RKO greats. Might be the most effective use of light, shadow, and fog in the history of its genre. The Criterion Blu-ray looks incredible.

  • DragonHeart

    DragonHeart

    ★★

    Whew, boy! I wanted to rate this one on a curve because, outside of the 80's fantasy boom, the fantasy genre has always been underserved by Hollywood, particularly during the 90's, when studios just didn't know what to do with the material—hence "Dragonheart," ostensibly a PG-13 action film featuring a fire-breathing dragon. Only, the movie feels aimed at the littlest ones in the audience, with a campy tone and slapstick humor (maybe "The Fast and Furious" director Rob Cohen is…