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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    ★★★★★

    No that's just some salt water that got in my eye.

  • Charlie Chan at the Olympics

    Charlie Chan at the Olympics

    ★★½

    I like Warner Oland's Charlie Chan movies, but this is a minor entry. All the detective work is loaded toward the front with as much passion as Law & Order. It's just trying to get through that as quickly as possible so that it can move on to the spy story that it really wants to tell. And sadly, even though it's set at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, it's not at all interested in the political situation at the time. There's never even a mention of Hitler or the Nazi party.

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  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★

    Long past the point where the twists surprise me, I love the themes of mystery and devotion to craft. Especially how those themes intersect and become devotion to maintaining mystery about how one PERFORMS one's craft. We live in a largely transparent world and that's mostly a good thing, but some secrets are worth keeping to preserve the magic.

  • A Cure for Wellness

    A Cure for Wellness

    ★★★★★

    Best Hammer horror movie in 40 years. Weird and gothic.