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  • Casablanca
  • Tokyo Drifter
  • The Last Picture Show
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  • Fright Night

    ★★★★

  • Fright Night

    ★★★

  • Antebellum

    ★★½

  • Mausoleum

    ★★★½

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  • Fright Night

    Fright Night

    ★★★★

    It's easy to throw shade on remakes: More often than not, they suck like a fleet of Dyson Bagless Vacuums. Every so often though, someone gets it right.

    The Thing may have the edge as far as sheer genius revisionist adaptation, but the updates and tweaks here work famously, as does the cast. Hell, the cast and characterizations clicked so much, I was able to forgive the final-reel inflation/expansion of the action, even as it sorta undercuts the compact, intimate creepiness established in the first half.

    Sidebar not Sidebar: Damn, I miss Anton Yelchin.

  • Fright Night

    Fright Night

    ★★★

    It dates absurdly in places, and yes, as someone who was legal voting age when this came out, I can ruefully attest that people really dressed like that back then and thought it looked good.

    That said, it's never less than entertaining, and imbued with a sense of an almost Spielbergian sense of sweetness that never gets too cloying.

    Best of all, the cast is still on-point. Chris Sarandon's Jerry Dandridge remains one of the most sublime antagonists in an '80s genre film--wolfishly charismatic, drily witty, and--when it counts--bone-chillingly menacing.

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  • Barton Fink

    Barton Fink

    ★★★★½

    One of the Coens' best; as acridly witty and insightful a Hollywood horror story as you're ever likely to see. John Goodman is solid frickin' GOLD.

  • Jackie Brown

    Jackie Brown

    ★★★★★

    An ambling, easygoing contact high of a movie, with some of Tarantino’s best, most fully-realized characterizations—none more so than the two middle-aged, real-feeling adults navigating a sorta-romance at its center. On the right night, it looks a lot like QT’s best movie by a long shot.