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  • Twisted Nightmare

    Twisted Nightmare

    ★★½

    I can't remember the last time I complained that the acting in a movie was "bad." Even in the cheesiest horror movie, most of the actors remember their lines and hit their marks, and are comfortable enough on camera for me to not notice or care that they're not delivering Oscar-caliber performances.

    While watching Twisted Nightmare, however, I kept thinking to myself, "Wow, this acting is bad." In every scene it was like the actors had all been shaken awake…

  • Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4

    Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4

    ★★½

    Christmas seems shoehorned into this movie the way Pinhead was shoehorned into all those direct-to-video Hellraiser movies. That’s not a bad thing. I’d rather have a little Pinhead than no Pinhead, and a little Yuletide flavor to jazz up a horror movie about witchcraft in Los Angeles is fine with me too.

    Brian Yuzna’s entry in the Silent Night Deadly Night franchise has enough Christmas decorations in the background to justify its title, but the main attraction here is all…

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  • Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    ★★★★½

    What a difference six years makes. Where the Sidewalk Ends reunited Otto Preminger, the director of Laura (1944), with Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney, the two stars of Laura.

    This reunion between director and actors was nothing earthshaking. In the years between Laura and Where the Sidewalk Ends, Preminger had worked with both Andrews and Tierney again separately, and Tierney and Andrews had appeared together in the film The Iron Curtain (1948), which Preminger didn't direct.

    But comparing Laura with…

  • 2 Fast 2 Furious

    2 Fast 2 Furious

    ★★★½

    This is the lowest-grossing film in the history of the Fast & Furious, which is bullshit, because it’s a lot of fun, and the only thing it’s missing is Vin Diesel. And look, NOT seeing a movie because Vin Diesel ISN’T in it is a crazy choice to make.

    John Singleton has to be credited with introducing so much of what makes the later Fast & Furious movies work so well: a larger-than-life comic book style with crazy capers, Ludacris & Tyrese, and a bro-y hangout vibe with 10% plot advancement and 90% clowning each other.