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  • XX

    XX

    ★★★

    I'm a big fan of anthology movies generally, and horror ones in particular. When done well they can be a lot of fun, and the shorter run time of stories allows for premises that fail when stretched out to feature length. XX starts strong with a story that reminded me too much of real experiences with my kids ("why is he suddenly disinterested in eating?") for comfort. I felt like I had been punched by the end of it and…

  • Once Upon a Crime

    Once Upon a Crime

    ★★½

    This was a lot funnier when I stumbled on it on cable, was 15, and didn't know how old the jokes were or how they have been done better. Still, the eclectic cast sometimes makes it a funny rainy day, low expectations kind of movie even if the film ultimately runs out of energy (and laughs) too far from the finish for me to really recommend it.

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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…