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  • Running Scared

    Running Scared

    ★★★★

    I loved Crystal and Hines' chemistry, and I'm a sucker for action comedies set in Chicago. It's streaming on Amazon Prime right now, and Jon Gries is in it. I feel like that's all I need to say.

  • Running Scared

    Running Scared

    ★★½

    Judge Reinhold's first film and John Saxon has a wonderful, questionable accent and fabulous mustache, so there's your ticket price right there. Otherwise, this is a fine little action period piece (watch Judge learn The Twist!) and would probably be a good double bill with Walter Hill's SOUTHERN COMFORT.

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  • Creep 2

    Creep 2

    ★★★★½

    I enjoyed and admired the approach of the first, and I thought this was a wonderful way to do a sequel to something you wouldn't think would do a sequel. Keep the tone and style, stay true to the main character, but bring in new layers and a true match for them to play off of. I liked CREEP and I really, *really* liked CREEP 2. More original horror like this, please!

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    This was the second time I saw this--the first was well over 10 years ago, and I hated the experience. It felt grimy, mean and I felt unsafe; basically, it did exactly what it was supposed to do. Years later, I feel like I can fully appreciate it on its terms.

    While everything feels effortlessly Just Right to induce terror, I think the core is that we were in the van with these kids. We were another kid in the…