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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★

    A dumpster fire of narrative hot mess, with more holes in the first half hour of plot than a prarie dog village.

    That being said, it's still a fun swashbuckling space opera adventure that might have functioned on its own, if not for the crushing weight of its own franchise.

  • Jack Frost

    Jack Frost

    ★★

    An aggressively low budget horror comedy, that's earned a spot in the dorm party watch hall of fame.

    Tongue firmly inserted into cheek, a cavalcade of recognizable character actors take to the screen and tell the story of a snowman possessed by a maniac killer. Not without its schlocky charm, the movie mostly feels like its failing the reach the heights it aspires to. Feeling more like an Asylum retread of Child's Play, than funny stand alone concept.

    Not quite…

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  • Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

    Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

    ★★★★

    A fascinating look at small town jurisprudence in the era of MTV. While far from comprehensive, the roots to such projects as the SERIAL podcast, Netflix's MAKING A MURDERER, or HBO's THE JINX are undeniable. Although it becomes clear as the film goes on (a full two-and-a-half hours) that the filmmakers are convinced of the three suspects' innocence, there is an attempt to let both sides have their say, although access to the prosecution's side of things was not as…

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★

    Shades of grand guignol surround this film, which is simultaneously beautiful and macabre. Beautiful for craft and artistry, macabre for thinking Dracula needed another adaptation.
    Coppola employs dated-for-the-time techniques to showcase a very unique monster movie. Old style effects, tricks, and makeup paint a world that feels familiar yet uncomfortable.
    Unfortunately, I'm just not a fan of Dracula as a story. As a mostly-faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel, Coppola's movie suffers from a lot of pacing and point-of-view switches…