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  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Haunting
  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
  • Carrie

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  • Monte Carlo

    ★★★★½

  • Offseason

    ★★½

  • The House on Tombstone Hill

    ★★★★

  • The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★½

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  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★★★

    Sometime back in the 2000s, word leaked out that for Disney's 50th animated classic, they were planning a feature called The Search for Mickey, in which Mickey Mouse was kidnapped and his friends would hire Basil, the Great Mouse Detective to find him. Details were limited, since it was a work-in-progress, but the word was that he would be joined by characters such as Peter Pan and Aladdin, and that there would be tons of cameos from all of the…

  • Sweet Home

    Sweet Home

    ★★★★½

    Just when I thought I had seen every great haunted house movie, I stumble upon one of the best completely by accident. I cannot fathom why this is as obscure as it is. It's even a hugely influential film. A video game of the same name was released in Japan in tandem with the film and it went on to inspire the Resident Evil franchise. I mean, you would think this would at least have a DVD release somewhere, but…

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  • Monte Carlo

    Monte Carlo

    ★★★★½

    Ernst Lubitsch was the Rolls-Royce of musical comedy directors. He could dress up the most sublimely ridiculous premise and make it sing. Every shot, every note, every line of dialogue delivered with exacting precision, and yet alive with such blithe abandon that you couldn't help but be caught up in it. Monte Carlo is a remarkable film. It's joyous watching Jeanette MacDonald and Jack Buchanan play together with such sophistication and wit. The story seems so silly and twee but…

  • Offseason

    Offseason

    ★★½

    Atmospheric but empty Lovecraftian riff with a solid premise with which nothing is done. It's all shadows and fog with no palpable threat. I mean, the set-up is fine, if you can get past the idiocy of calling a graveSTONE vandalism an emergency worthy of immediate attention, but once we get on the island, the mystery is handled clumsily and there are only a small handful of threats that are easily escaped every time. People stare menacingly with demon eyes,…

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  • Things Heard & Seen

    Things Heard & Seen

    ★★★★

    Let me just say this up front: If you are a heterosexual male, you will probably hate this movie. I hate to generalize, but I've already read some bad reviews by men and I just know this is not a guy kind of movie. It's chick-flick horror. And to be fair, yes, the film does lean pretty heavily on the female spirituality thing, especially in its rather disappointing and overblown denouement. But up until that, I was loving every second…

  • The Haunting

    The Haunting

    ★★★★★

    In "Best Of" horror lists, this movie consistently ranks somewhere around number 25. But I don't care what anyone says, it will always be my #1 favorite horror film. I first encountered it around 23 years ago when I worked at a mom-and-pop video store in Manhattan. I was in the midst of getting my film education from the dusty shelves full of VHS tapes. I had always been fascinated by ghost stories and had already had one of my…