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  • The Santa Clause

    The Santa Clause

    ★★★

    I can't claim this is a "good" movie, but I pretty much enjoy it without fail each year. It's certainly better than both of the sequels, but that's nothing new. Most of the mileage you'll potentially get out of this film will probably come down to how you feel about somewhat vintage Tim Allen. His incredulity at becoming St. Nick carries enough of the movie for me to compensate for the stuff that's eye-rolling.

  • Housebound

    Housebound

    ★★★½

    Making a genre film with recognizable tropes into something that still feels unpredictable is a feat that automatically earns respect in my book. If it's also funny and genuinely creepy as well, then you've got something I can recommend. Definitely a candidate for a re-watch.

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  • The Kid

    The Kid

    ★★★

    Like the most heartwarming extended Twilight Zone episode ever. Actually, it's a light and funny film with decent comedy from Bruce and better from Breslin.

  • The Goonies

    The Goonies

    ★★★★

    Yes, yes, it helps to have grown up watching this film to really feel the undying love for it now, and it's hard to know what someone coming to it for the first time as an adult would make of it, but c'mon...it's still funny, still exciting, still occasionally hokey, and still makes one regret never finding that trap-laden pirate cave you were sure was somewhere in your own neighborhood. Just me?