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  • Lost Hearts

    Lost Hearts

    ★★★½

    These M.R. James Ghost Stories for Christmas are always enjoyable, and usually they have their spooky moments. This one has those, but also left me wondering if I'm supposed to connect the eccentric sacrificing unwanted children for his research into immortality with the many powerful men who cloak abuse of poor children in charity.

  • Holiday Inn

    Holiday Inn

    ★½

    Clunky, largely misuses it’s cast, none of the cast have any chemistry together, and they jammed in a short propaganda film into the middle of the picture. All this might coast by on the better songs and dance routines, but there is the well know racist baggage. Watch White Christmas instead and skip this unless you’re a 40s musical specialist. I can’t fully speak to the much discussed blackface number because it’s Christmas and I skipped it rather than ruin…

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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…