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  • Heal the Living

    Heal the Living

    ★★★★½

    Simultaneously striking in its rejection of the cliches that come with a film about a bunch of interconnected people and stories, and also effortless and unassuming in executing that subversion.

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    ★★★½

    When showing this to my friends, I forgot a dog dies. Oops.

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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.