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  • Practical Magic

    Practical Magic

    ★★★

    Alternate parts charm and chore, Practical Magic is better than its reputation, but not by much. A vibrant cast, a witty, colorful script, and meticulous production design somehow aren’t enough to keep one’s attention through the dull bits—and yet, there’s just enough actual entertainment in this one that I still feel I can comfortably recommend it. I don’t think I’d ever call it a well-made or exemplary film—Griffin Dunne’s direction on this film is some of the most distracted hack…

  • Power Rangers

    Power Rangers

    ½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A buddy and I tried watching this. Tried really hard. The half star is for the character of Billy, who was a fun, engaging character in a movie otherwise bereft of fun or engagement. The characters spend an hour bonding over being misfit teenagers, Breakfast Club style, then they spend the next half hour slowly and excruciatingly learning the boring lore secrets of the Power Rangers universe, which mostly involve morphin' (of a less-mighty variety than we remember,) fake fighting,…

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  • G.I. Samurai

    G.I. Samurai

    ★★★★★

    One of the strangest, and most unforgettable, movies I've ever seen. Anything that has time travel and Sonny Chiba shooting a boat while hanging off of a helicopter has got to be considered a masterpiece, if only for this particular combination of elements. Not to mention the CRAZY soundtrack.

  • Snowtown

    Snowtown

    ★★★

    This film is not bad--it is, in many ways, quite admirable, being on one hand a very respectful portrayal of a very horrific series of crimes (Australia's worst series of murders on record,) as well as a very good, very even-handed look inside the minds of these killers (whose reasons for killing vary individually, but all of whom are apparently in some way being manipulated by the mastermind John Bunting, who is the most fascinating of all) which presents their…