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  • Evolution

    Evolution

    ★★½

    Lands in a Venn diagram exactly between "better than it seems" and "worse than it should be." I'd probably give it a tiny edge over Ghostbusters II, with the caveat that I hold Ghostbusters II to a higher standard.

    On this viewing, I thought about Julianne Moore choosing to try and branch out from the kinds of indie dramas she became famous for to play a full-on slapstick role (the script fails her, but she's pretty amusing!), and how much of a specific character Dan Aykroyd is trying to craft here.

  • The Last of Sheila

    The Last of Sheila

    ★★★½

    An amusing comic mystery full of big personalities and melodramatic secrets, buoyed by big performances from an impressive ensemble, led by an excellent Richard Benjamin, the wonderful James Mason, and James Coburn hanging around like the Cheshire Cat (plus, an impossibly young Ian McShane).

    The extended finale drags on a bit, but the weirdest aspect of the movie is definitely the fact that one of the film's most enjoyable characters is also a child molester (which, at Movie Night, led to learning that before the '80s, child molestation wasn't considered nearly as ghastly as it is now. Gross!).

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  • 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.

  • 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…