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  • Superman

    Superman

    ★★★★

    I had to rewind the train sequence and try to figure out the FX. Magnificent.

  • The War of the Worlds

    The War of the Worlds

    ★★★

    I'm obviously wrong, but it really felt like a stealthy anti-gee whiz mentality movie. Something gleeful in the way all these innocent people get turned into ash.

    It's also interesting to see how Spielberg payed his respects to this in his own version (more evident than I thought).

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  • Flight

    Flight

    ★★

    Consider a drinking game:

    Down a shot every time Zemeckis cues a classic song in an unbelievably unsubtle way.

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★★

    Might as well be Quentin Tarantino's best film (I revisited them all last year). Not my favorite of his, but the best. I don't think I will watch it again anytime soon, mostly because it's not the most rewatchable kind of movie. It's long, it's bleak, it's disturbing and it sneakily crawls under your skin. It gave me shivers.

    Quentin Tarantino made a titan of a film that works on so many levels. It is his most nuanced, most thoughtful…