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  • The Resurrected

    The Resurrected

    ★★★½

    In the context of directly being faithful to the text of a book when adapting it to the screen, "The Resurrected" is possibly the best H.P. Lovecraft adaptation ever brought to feature length form.

    The film takes "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", makes it contemporary, and frames it in the form of a detective story. Some of the supporting cast is a bit bland in a way that makes this feel like a 1990s Full Moon picture in some…

  • Who'll Stop the Rain

    Who'll Stop the Rain

    ★★★½

    AKA: "Dog Soldiers", based on the book of the same name by Robert Stone.

    This is probably Nick Nolte's first great performance. And wow, it's weird to see that he was young once. I'm not sure it says anything we didn't already know about how 'Nam ruined a lot of people's lives (might just be more to do with how many similar films on this subject I've seen first).

    But outside of that, you have a pretty decent drug-running/chase film,…

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  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★★

    Remember "Shoot'Em Up"? This is that, with more jokes, and less smarts. From what I understand about the character of Deadpool (I've never read the comics) this seems pretty true to what that character is about. A fourth wall-breaking, super-powered anti-hero hit man. Outside of some of the jokes and performances, most of the plot is ho-hum, and the action scenes were competent, but only had real sizzle when they are set-ups for jokes. No doubt the hype train and the die-hard fans of this character will make this a "classic". This was fun, but I never need to see it again.

  • Necronomicon

    Necronomicon

    ★★★

    A somewhat forgotten anthology, based on three H. P. Lovecraft stories, all featuring different directors. It features Jeffery Combs, as Lovecraft himself, sporting a Bruce Campbell-like-chin, trying to steal the Necronomicon away from creepy monks in the wrap-around.

    Like most big screen adaptations of Lovecraft, it contains a lot of stuff Lovecraft never wrote about: women, sex, and over-the-top violence and splatter. Comb's Lovecraft is almost an occult detective/action hero, and not the frail momma's boy he actually was.

    However,…