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  • Legally Blonde

    Legally Blonde

    ★★★½

    Funny! Kinda dated, but charming. My wife has been talking about how I should watch this movie for years, and it definitely has its moments. I like the fish-out-of-water-meets-don’t-underestimate-me-or-I’ll-cut-you, even as I wanted a lot more out of it. The ending came way too easy, and if they had spent less time on nonsense they could’ve emphasized her cleverness more without relying on obvious mistakes from a boof-haired Linda Cardellini. That said, I want a series that’s basically Perry Mason but with these characters.

  • Next of Kin

    Next of Kin

    ★★★★

    Well that was a pip! A slow and atmospheric spookfest of the haunted-house-slash-is-she-going-crazy variety, covered in a thick layer of Aussie dust and sweat. Builds to a nutty and explosive finale, with references to all the classics from Clouzot and Hitchcock and Carpenter. It's a shame we didn't get more from director Tony Williams or star Jacki Kerin. Absolutely worth a look.

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  • The Descent

    The Descent

    ★★★★

    Finally got around to seeing this one. The horror element was fun, and the claustrophobia was genuinely felt, but what I found most compelling was the film's surprisingly progressive representation of gender. The principal cast is made up entirely of women, which seems bold enough (for a film that doesn't take place in a sorority house), but the movie doesn't go out of its way to draw attention to this. These are just people whose friendship is based on their…

  • Something Wild

    Something Wild

    ★★★★½

    The music, the cast, the cars, the shirts, Ray Liotta’s laugh, the Feelies, the scotch, the haircuts, the extras, the locations, the motels, the cameos, the camera. Immersive, funny, sweet, dark, and a perfect balance between laid back and hellishly tense. Virginia is for lovers.