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  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • WALL·E
  • Return of the Jedi
  • Repo Man

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  • Seed of Chucky

    ★★★

  • X2

    ★★★½

  • Singles

    ★★★½

  • Love on a Leash

    ½

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  • Seed of Chucky

    Seed of Chucky

    ★★★

    Five movies into this franchise and it continues to surprise me. There were things I appreciated about this sequel. It retained the silly comedic tone of the previous chapter, and went all-in on this absurd puppet show version of a slasher movie. I found parts of it aggressively unpleasant, and the trans stuff hasn't aged well. The gross-out gore stuff went a bit overboard for my taste. Not the worst in the series, but it was a big step down from Bride.

  • X2

    X2

    ★★★½

    I didn’t like this as much as part 1.  There were some fun additions to the cast, but too much rested on characters that were never successfully established, namely Storm, Cyclops, and Jean Grey.  I enjoyed the continuation of the Professor X, Wolverine, and Magneto stories, but the rest of it felt like it was asking me to care about really boring characters that I had no relationship with.  So, a mixed bag overall but still a fairly effective superhero movie, and I can see why they would make more after this.

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  • The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead

    ★★★★

    I really loved Bruce Campbell's performance in this. The movie is overflowing with these over-the-top action sequences and gore effects, but Campbell manages to be totally committed and grounded throughout. This is a pretty stunning directorial debut for Raimi, and serves as an excellent showcase for his innovative and kinetic visual style. I think I like the second one a bit better, but this one has a lot to love as well.

  • Firestarter

    Firestarter

    ★½

    I didn’t love the original but this is way worse.  I’m not sure why they thought audiences would want a Firestarter remake in a post-Stranger Things world. It doesn’t help that the script is garbage and it looks like it was shot for TV.