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  • Wheels of Terror

    Wheels of Terror

    ★★★

    October 2017: Flounder's Halloween Scavenger Hunt
    TASK #9: A horror film that first aired on TV!

    Director Christopher Cain’s overreliance on slow-motion gets old after a while and a few performances (specifically from the child actors) are rather wooden and occasionally quite obnoxious, but Wheels of Terror is a mildly entertaining made-for-TV chase horror thriller with Joanna Cassidy delivering a terrific lead performance and having a genuinely strong character to play.

  • Ringu 2

    Ringu 2

    ★★★½

    Hooptober 4.0 Film #27
    TASK #1: Six sequels (mix-and-match or the same)!

    FRANCHISE #6: Ringu/The Ring

    It’s not quite as good as the original, but Ringu 2 manages to come out an above-average sequel as director Hideo Nakata still retains the engaging, likable characters and thick, creepy, hugely effective atmosphere that made its predecessor work so well and helped it influence many future genre entries.

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★½

    With its intense and exciting action sequences, excellent performances (with the exception of a laughable turn from Jesse Eisenberg), and dazzling visual spectacle being let down by an overstuffed and incoherent script that's filled to the brim with poorly written characters and needlessly convoluted plotting, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice tries to be another Batman reboot, a Man of Steel sequel, and a Justice League set-up all at once with results that are nothing short of depressing to watch.…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    Yet another terrific entry in director Denis Villeneuve's filmography, Arrival is one of the most intelligent, visually stunning, and thought-provoking science fiction films in recent memory, led by a career-best performance from Amy Adams and a pensive, poignant screenplay by Eric Heisserer.