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  • The Ritual

    The Ritual

    ★★★½

    tense and quite creepy. pretty good horror film.

  • Fences

    Fences

    ★★★★★

    "I once wrote this short story called "The Best Blues Singer in the World", and it went like this—"The streets that Balboa walked were his own private ocean, and Balboa was drowning." End of story. That says it all. Nothing else to say. I've been rewriting that same story over and over again. All my plays are rewriting that same story." August Wilson

    One could call this film A Portrait of a Drowning Man, and boy is this film a…

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  • Absolutely Anything

    Absolutely Anything

    ★★★★

    October Scavenger Hunt 31:

    Task 12: A film featuring friendly aliens

    Okay so the aliens aren't that friendly, except to each other, but it's a comedy and the aliens are funny so I'll let it pass.

    Absolutely Anything is like Bruce Almighty except that God is replaced by aliens, Simon Pegg is the man with ultimate powers, and the movie is British. Or even better, what if Bruce Almighty had been a script written by a drunk Douglas Adams

    In…

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    ★★★★★

    I'm gonna say something which might come across blasphemous to Agatha Christie fans. I really loved Kenneth Branagh's portrayal of Hercule Poirot, I loved it even more than I loved David Suchet's.

    My wife described it well when she said that Branagh brings heart to his portrayal of Poirot. A heart, dare I say a humanity, that seemed if not lacking at least less exhibited in earlier adaptations of what is perhaps some of the best bedside table mystery novels…