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  • The Cat in the Hat

    The Cat in the Hat

    ★★★

    My family bought "The Cat In the Hat" on DVD when it was first released on DVD. I suppose my kids were about 5 and 9 years old at the time. We watched it together but none of us liked it. The kids were bored. My wife and I were bored. We may or may not have even finished watching it. The only thing I recall for certain is that I threw it in a drawer. At the time, I…

  • Exists

    Exists

    ★★★½

    I still enjoy the heck out of this. Usually, Bigfoot movies show you some shot of the beast hidden in the trees. Well, that happens here, too...at first. This is loaded with action and gets crazier by the minute. I also don't care that it's a found footage movie, it's effective and fun.

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★★½

    I don't spend much time with new comedies simply because they are more mean-spirited than funny and I get tired of non-stop dick and poop jokes. I can watch a Horror movie or gritty crime drama and not be put off by the cruelty, but I know those are going to be nasty going in. I want to laugh at something funny someone said or did and not because an uncomfortable sexual, racial or political situation makes you squirm with…

  • Barton Fink

    Barton Fink

    ★★★★

    What to jot down about "Barton Fink"? It's yet another Coen Brothers film that I really like yawn. It's filled with awesome dialog and I couldn't get enough of Barton and Charlie having their hotel room chats. John Goodman is amazing as Charlie. I've always liked him as an actor, but seeing this and his performance in "10 Cloverfield Lane" has got me seriously thinking about revisiting some of the other films I've seen him in. He has been in…

  • The Strangers

    The Strangers

    ★★

    "Because you were home" is not enough of a reason. The "strangers" were not strange they were just anonymous.

    The only impacting scene happens around 45 minutes in and it's a personal tragedy. An accident. It's far more horrific than anything that the "strangers" cause.

    Sure, there are some creepy moments. The stranger in the sack mask lurking in the background of a wide shot within the home is effective. But really, that's about it. It's pretty light on the…

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special

    ★★★★

    I could take some heat for this but I liked "Midnight Special" better than Jeff Nichols's other Michael Shannon fronted film, "Take Shelter". Shannon plays quietly tense better than anyone right now and the few moments he shows his love for his son are worth the price of a theater ticket.

    This is understated Science Fiction. It's also a chase movie with an otherworldly mystery driving it, but for a movie about a special child being pursued by both a…

  • In the Heart of the Sea

    In the Heart of the Sea

    ★★½

    I recently watched "The Revenant", another Man vs. Nature film also set in the 1820s. If that film and "In The Heart Of The Sea" have showed me anything it's that I'm thrilled that I didn't have to live during that period of time. Both films do a very good job of highlighting Man's helplessness against the world without his tools. I think the same thing holds true today, it's just that it would take a bit longer for Nature…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★

    While I liked "The Revenant", I didn't find it to be a very interesting story. It was a straight-forward tale with an extremely disgusting villain and a double-crossed protagonist who really isn't a hero, but a man seeking revenge and surviving against incredible odds.

    It is a film filled with natural and human brutality. I would say it's a beautiful film but the snowy white, grey and misty blue pallet gets overwhelming when coupled with so much violence. The director really accentuated how horrific nature is and how helpless man is without his tools and technology.

  • Split

    Split

    ★★★★

    I've said it before. I am a M. Night Shyamalan fan. His last movie, "The Visit", was a step in a positive direction after years of stumbling ("The Last Airbender", "After Earth", "The Happening"). "The Visit" wasn't a return to form, that form being my belief that he is a terrific director. Instead, it contained a number of elements and surprises that reminded me of his past successes. I'm talking about his first three films, "The Sixth Sense", "Unbreakable", and…

  • Silent Hill

    Silent Hill

    Oh goody! It's another Horror movie with a scary little girl. And to make it even more original, the baddies are not the ghosts or demons that live within Silent Hill. No, it's actually the religious fanatics that live in the church! Wow! What a great idea because, you know, like, that's like, how actual religious people are!

    If you like movies where people run around and scream a little girl's name for two hours in a world that requires a game map, then this one's for you.

  • Gamera vs. Zigra

    Gamera vs. Zigra

    ★½

    I've learned one thing while watching all of the Gamera Showa-era movies. Never start watching in the evening. Because what happens is, I'll fall asleep and then being the completist that I am, I'll have to watch it a second time and a third, etc. While watching "Gamera vs. Zigra", I think I fell asleep about eight times. I kept having to go back and re-watch chapters on the Blu-Ray because what I woke up to made no sense. Then…

  • Memoirs of an Invisible Man

    Memoirs of an Invisible Man

    ★★

    John Carpenter is one of my favorite directors. Chevy Chase is one of my favorite comedians. So this movie should be a winner for me, but it's not.

    The movie looks good because looking good is a Carpenter trademark. The special effects are fun but I can't see how they were any more effective than the original Universal Horror "The Invisible Man" from back in the 1930s. Sam Neill is really good as a ruthless villain.

    The problem for me…