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  • Molly

    Molly

    ★★★

    A fun post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller made in the Netherlands for $300k, Molly can't breathe life into its scavenged Mad Max plot, but scores big with the central relationship between wandering wasteland warrior Molly (Julia Batelaan, twitchy and feral) and lonely 10-year-old Bailey (Emma de Paauw, pensive and sweet). Co-directors Colinda Bongers and Thijs Meuwese go for broke with superpowers, multiple fight scenes, and most of all, a 31-minute finale designed to look like a single shot. The results are not…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★½

    If what you're looking for is a fun audience-goosing slasher movie that plays with the world and characters of the original Halloween, then you'll probably be satisfied with this new movie. David Gordon Green makes nice use of his camera to reveal death and destruction with a bit of patience and fluidity. Michael is frightening in his brutal efficiency (I wouldn't call the movie scary, per se, but I felt the psychological fear of being murdered and the impact of…

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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.