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  • House of Dark Shadows

    House of Dark Shadows

    ★★★★½

    Written by Sam Hall & Gordon Russell. Directed by Dan Curtis.
    The feature-length version of the daily soap opera. Condensed almost to nonsense, it's mostly enjoyable to those who watched the show. Barnabas Collins is pure evil in this telling. His turn to tragic-hero happened on the series.

  • House of Dark Shadows

    House of Dark Shadows

    ★★★★½

    Written by Sam Hall & Gordon Russell. Directed by Dan Curtis.
    Feature length version of the daily soap opera. Condensed almost to nonsense, it's very enjoyable for those who watched the show. Barnabas Collins is mostly a villain here. His turn to tragic hero happened on the show. Ah, well...

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  • A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    ★★

    Screenplay by Hugo Butler, from the novel by Charles Dickens. Directed by Edwin L. Marin.

    Nearly everything is wrong in this, the worst adaptation of the Dickens' classic. Reginald Owen makes a terrible, one-dimensional Scrooge, complete with bad bald cap. Gene Lockhart is the plumpest, most well-fed Bob Crachit ever. All the poor people have beautiful MGM-style homes, as if Mayer just couldn't bear to have poverty depicted on his glamorous screen. It's all the more heart-breaking when one learns…

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★

    Written by Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, from the comic book by Stan Lee & Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby.
    Directed by Taika Waititi.

    Deliriously wonderful comedy, directed by New Zealand wunderkind Taika Waititi, of WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS and HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE. It's amazing that Marvel films allowed Waititi's sensibility to survive the group-think of modern blockbuster movie-making. See it. Enjoy it. Laugh.