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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    ★★★½

    I think we all take this movie for granted a little bit.

    I rewatched this just to amuse myself because I'd seen it a bunch as a kid, and was honestly surprised at both how generally well-made it is, and how really damn strange it is.

    This is a movie where the main characters are played by stunt people in full costumes and rubber animatronic heads designed by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, and it works. The fact that the characters…

  • The First Wives Club

    The First Wives Club

    ★★★½

    Some of the subplots work better than others, but the central dynamic between the three main characters works all the time. I could watch them forever.

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  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows

    ★★★★

    "Yeah, some of our clothes are from victims. You might bite someone and then, you think, 'Oooh, those are some nice pants!'"

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    Excellent, riveting film. Feels like Hitchcock made a Jazz Musician Psychological Drama, but slicker, wound even tighter, etc. Most intense movie theater experience of 2014 so far. Feels like a Best Picture Front-runner, to me anyway. Only con: Its early, sudden ending feels like a cop-out.