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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★½

    The main selling point here is that this is an utterly gorgeous movie. I imagine there are so many incredible details buried in it that people will find, going through it frame-by-frame by the time it comes out on Blu-ray and 4K UHD. In addition, the entire cast is good (Shameik Moore is winning, Nicolas Cage is especially delightful, and although there's only a fleeting amount of him, Liev Schreiber going full-on Noo Yawk mobstah as the Kingpin is a…

  • A Deadly Adoption

    A Deadly Adoption

    ★★★½

    The only artistically valid route to go after stunt casting Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig in a Lifetime movie is to make a sincere Lifetime movie. Admirably, that's what this is, which may put off viewers anticipating something more like "The Spoils of Babylon."

    That said, I don't know whether or not this is a good example of a Lifetime movie (I've only seen one other, so long ago I barely remember it), even if I did have plenty of fun watching it.

    I feel like there should be another one of these with Molly Shannon in it.

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  • A Good Day to Die Hard

    A Good Day to Die Hard

    ½

    First things first: The Die Hard sequels can never be Die Hard. Despite a handful of cheesy moments, the original film is a masterpiece of action movie engineering. The writing and acting are top-notch all by themselves, but it's John McTiernan's brilliant direction that sets the movie head and shoulders above 99% of the genre, and the trajectory of Die Hard 2 (love it or hate it) established that key plot elements and the McClane character would be the backbone…

  • Vampire's Kiss

    Vampire's Kiss

    ★★★★★

    Audio commentary by director Robert Bierman and actor Nicolas Cage. 90 minutes of Bierman and Cage giggling in awe and confusion at what a ridiculous, ludicrous, insane movie they were able to get away with making, and it is glorious. Essential companion viewing to the film itself.