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  • The Chase

    The Chase

    ★★½

    I see a lot of love for this one, but other than possibly inspiring later, weirder, better filmmakers like David Lynch and Guy Maddin this one just feels like lazy plot shuffling in a desperate attempt to make a low rent production stand out. Peter Lorre and Steven Cochran are fun as the bad guys and Michelle Morgan is dreamlike and haunted, but Robert Cummings is dull in the lead role, which doesn't help matters. I saw an absolutely terrible print so it may be that a better copy would give this one a real boost.

  • The Borrower

    The Borrower

    ★★★

    Idiosyncratic mix of something like a more violent, gory Brother From Another Planet with a more comedic body switching alien fugitive murderer a la The Hidden  with a buddy cop/police procedural. The result is weird but well made and sometimes very funny.

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  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer

    ★★★★

    Very well made, fun piece of sci-fi with just enough of a message about class to make it qualify as actual sci-fi rather than just an action movie set in the future. The eclectic cast (all on the money) ads to the charm and helps smooth over some occasionally dodgy effects. Wish more "blockbuster spectaculars" had this much personality and effort behind them. Chris Evans continues to show that he really needs to be in more good roles than just playing Captain America.

  • The Getaway

    The Getaway

    ★★★★

    Just my second time watching this, this time on the big screen (though it was "digital" not a print, so not as good as it should have been). The Peckinpah action scenes are amazing in that setting, and the score by Quincy Jones is quite good, and a little out of the ordinary for both the director and genre. A great cast of character actors is backing McQueen and McGraw, but it's McGraw (and her poorly written character-I blame Walter…