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  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★½

    The great cast elevates this mystery/comedy. I wish more of the actors had more to do. Daniel Craig is very good. This is the best acting I've seen from him so far. He looks like he's having a lot of fun, and I liked his character quite a bit. It was nice seeing actors like Don Johnson and Frank Oz on screen again. But, the mystery plot is every bit as convoluted and contrived as any standard whodunit, and I didn't find it that compelling.

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★½

    Too much forced Whimsy for my taste. Too many people trying too hard to be funny and not succeeding. Too much aping of Wes Anderson's style. The little kid in the glasses was cute, though.

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Ford v Ferrari

    ★★★½

    To me, it was just okay. Bale and Damon were fine. The production was slick. It's professionally made. The special effects were good. It held my interest and entertained me, it just felt a bit overcooked for my tastes (and I'm speaking as someone who loved "Speed Racer.") But I can't imagine ever wanting to watch this one again.

    I think the basic problem is that it's hard to root for the Ford Motor Company when the Ford Motor Company…

  • Friday the 13th Part 2

    Friday the 13th Part 2

    ★★★

    The ending is good, the cast is attractive, and Mark's death (the wheelchair going down the stairs) is one of the most memorable kills in the entire franchise. Amy Steel is a superior Final Girl when the action starts; Ginny is strong and resourceful. But there's still a lot of boring stuff going on and it's a bit of a ramshackle mess. The characters are paper thin and given nothing interesting to do other than get killed. The moment the girl sucked on the guy's Adam's Apple was the only time I've covered my eyes and said "Ewww" while watching a Friday the 13th film.

  • Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

    Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

    ★★

    I don't follow football, so I was unfamiliar with Hernandez and his story. This 3 episode, 3 hour documentary got a little better in the final half hour with some exploration on what is is like to be gay in the National Football League and the effects of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy on players, but mostly "Killer Inside" was infuriating.

    The story is interesting and there's a lot of material, but I could not STAND the way this documentary constantly kept…

  • Friday the 13th

    Friday the 13th

    ★★★

    I think this is the first time I've seen the original "Friday the 13th" in High Definition. Overall I enjoyed it, but this may be mostly nostalgia talking. Objectively, it's not a very good film. The cinematography looked a lot better than I remembered it.

    The film is a bit strange now since horror movies have changed so much in the last forty years. "Friday the 13th" 1980 is slow, not scary, rarely suspenseful, and takes a long while to…

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★½

    A movie made mostly of negative space can sometimes seem more profound than it actually is as the viewer ends up projecting their own personal narrative onto the story to fill up the lack of action.

    Let me be clear: There was a lot of this film that I did NOT like at all and found pretentious beyond belief. That guy at the party was painfully bad. I don't like Casey Affleck, but he's silent and under a sheet for…

  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    ★★★

    I think this is only the second time watching this. When I saw Episode III in the theater in its initial release back in 2005, I was completely mentally checked out before the first frame. I just didn't care at all about any of it any more and was watching more out of obligation than of genuine interest. That's how badly I was disappointed in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones."

    I actually ended up liking Episode…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

    I liked "The Lighthouse" quite a bit, but I could see why it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. It's an arthouse midnight movie at heart, and the most aggressively weird mainstream film I've seen since mother!. The cinematography is excellent. Willem Dafoe is great, perfectly cast and doing amazing work. Robert Pattinson is good and gets a lot of credit for throwing himself completely into it.

    I seriously felt "The Lighthouse" was essentially a black comedy, just one that…

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    ½

    This movie is just miserable. Looking for good things in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones" is like looking for diamonds in dogshit. Even the art department and the ever-reliable composer John Williams seem to have given up. Christopher Lee is about the only respectable element, and he's barely in the film as well as saddled with a character name so stupid that I hope he fired his agent.

    Hayden Christensen only does a serviceable job if…

  • In the Tall Grass

    In the Tall Grass

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Not amazing, but entertaining and different, with enough fresh ideas to make it worth a watch. I especially liked the part where the guy fell onto a pile of his own dead bodies.

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★½

    Even with the nostalgia factor, foreknowledge that this is a depressingly underwhelming movie, and that the "Star Wars" saga actually gets worse from here, "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" still manages to disappoint.

    The good parts: John Williams's score and especially his composition "Duel of the Fates", far and away the best single thing about the entire Prequel Trilogy. The art direction and sound designs; I love the look of the cities and the sleek chrome ship,…