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  • The Man Who Laughs

    The Man Who Laughs

    ★★★★

    An epic-scale production, but more than a little self-indulgent by the time it reaches its conclusion. Veidt captures the pathos of a tragic figure (as always), but Mary Philbin is easily his equal. Straddles the line between the exaggerated reality of German Expressionism with an interest in the more conventional (but no less grandiose) filmmaking that would inform the likes of Universal's "Frankenstein" 3 years later. Perhaps its status as the inspiration for The Joker has nullified Hollywood's interest in a remake, but after reading the more recent graphic-novel adaptation, I would love to see Laika attempt an R-rated animated interpretation.

  • Shutter Island

    Shutter Island

    ★★★★

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  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★★½

    Still underrated. Still chilling as hell. And still better than HALLOWEEN by leaps and bounds. And Margot Kidder gives possibly her best performance ever.

  • My Soul to Take

    My Soul to Take

    Retire already, Wes.