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  • Christmas with the Kranks

    Christmas with the Kranks

    ★½

    There's only 2-3 films I have reviewed here that I haven't been able to finish (and usually I don't write a review or even save the movie in my list... maybe I should?). Well, welcome "Christmas with the Kranks" to that shortlist.

    I thought it was a film audiences liked (which is why I started watching) but I couldn't get through more than 30 minutes before just needing to stop.

    Boring.

    Unfunny.

    It's a middle of the road performance from…

  • The Happytime Murders

    The Happytime Murders

    ★★½

    You should have heard the gasps of outrage and, "No, you can't do this," when "The Happytime Murders" trailer aired in theaters in mid-2018. There was either dead silence or scattered remnants of nervous laughter around the theater -- not a good sign for an upcoming release. Later, when I read up on Muppet history, yes, it's true that Henson never wanted his creations confined to children's programming, and they even had that early more-adultish run on SNL before bailing…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★

    Whether the reverberations of Lucas' first trilogy here are viewed as a homage and bridge between the old and new or as a lack of imagination will depend on one's personal tastes and the long-term intentions of the creative staff.

    There is a LOT of "The Force Awakens" that echoed things we've seen before. Some of the settings seem awfully familiar even if given other names, and from a high-concept level there's not much of a plot (First Order AKA…

  • Army of Darkness

    Army of Darkness

    ★★★★

    ... and yet another jump in Raimi's comedy-horror. Army of Darkness actually has a script and a plot, even if it's rather uncomplicated -- get the book, stop the army, get sent back to one's own time. Maybe the best way to summarize it is to say Army of Darkness actually has a story versus a handful of funny incidents, and all the actions and humor is in service to the story. Raimi also improves on his ability to pace…