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

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  • Pastor Hall

    ★★★½

  • A Summer Without Boys

    ★★★★

  • Our Modern Maidens

    ★★★½

  • Studio 666

    ★★★★

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  • Pastor Hall

    Pastor Hall

    ★★★½

    A somewhat fictionalized account of a real-life Protestant pastor who, to a point, defied the Nazis who overtook his small village and spread their hateful ideology and methods. The final third of the film veers heavily away from the truth in favor of dramaticism, but the general message is still strong and the film is well-made. Wilfrid Lawson is a mighty dramatic actor, shaping a meek character into a powerhouse without changing his basic traits. It's not necessarily an easy…

  • Sharknado 5: Global Swarming

    Sharknado 5: Global Swarming

    I GAVE THIS MOVIE ITS TITLE! Sort of...
    Well, no... fuck "sort of." HELL YEAH, I DID.

    I've actually never seen the movie, but I just wanted to toot my own horn a little for attention.

    See, after the first movie was such a surprise hit, SyFy immediately ordered a followup. So they announced a contest to title the second movie. All you had to do was go on Twitter and enter. So, I came up with this title, clever…

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  • A Summer Without Boys

    A Summer Without Boys

    ★★★★

    A powerful wartime coming-of-age story about a teenage girl, Ruthie (Kay Lenz), caught between feuding parents, who is taken to stay at a summer resort by her mother (Barbara Bain). The resort is home to many wives whose husbands are fighting in WWII and to an obnoxiously pushy girl, Lenore (Debralee Scott), who befriends Ruthie and exposes her to things beyond her youthful experience. As her parents' relationship deteriorates, and as Lenore gets her into deeper and deeper trouble, Ruthie…

  • Our Modern Maidens

    Our Modern Maidens

    ★★★½

    Joan Crawford is astounding in this follow-up to Our Dancing Daughters, with a naturalistic acting style that outshines everyone else in the cast. Unfortunately, it's hard to identify with her character, or anyone else's, because they all act incredibly selfishly. I suppose it was making a statement about how "moderns" were perceived at the time. But at least Joan is able to redeem herself somewhat with a self-sacrificial act in the end. Can't say so much for the rest of…

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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…