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  • Anthropoid

    Anthropoid

    ★★½

    This film is so utterly depressing that I am fighting to write anything about it. I don't even know if I liked it.

    This is a drama about the German occupation of Czechoslovakia at the start of World War II. I am hot and cold with war movies, but am becoming more and more fascinated with the sacrifices people made, especially during the World Wars.

    The horrors of WWII are well-documented, but this film is based on a seldom told…

  • The Dark

    The Dark

    William Devane stars as an old hippie and Cathy Lee Crosby as a spunky reporter that's hot on the trail of a serial killer. Except that the killer is an alien who shoots lasers from his eyes and blows up people.

    It's even worse than it sounds and I could rate it lower, but I'm sometimes nostalgic for Cathy Lee Crosby. She was a minor league pin-up girl during my formative years. And this has one of the coolest movie posters I've ever seen.

  • Digging Up the Marrow

    Digging Up the Marrow

    ★★★

    More funny than scary, it's got more potential for a better sequel. The monsters, as few of them as there are, make a decent impact in only seconds of total screen time. I'd like to see a second entry that follows the creatures on their next fight to keep their world secluded.

    Oh, and three words...Ray Wise rules!!!!

  • Storks

    Storks

    ★★½

    From the company that brought you "Osmosis Jones" (and to be fair, "The Iron Giant" and "The Lego Movie") comes "Storks", an absolutely crazy, unnecessary Warner Bros. Animation film.

    There's really only one thing that stands out about this and that's the Wolfpack. Strangely, the pack borrows from the "Super Friends" and the Wonder Twins Zan and Jayna. During chase scenes, the alpha wolf calls out "Wolfpack! Form of...a submarine!" Or a minivan. Or whatever the pack needs to pursue…

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    ★★★

    Nothing more that a good movie overall. The villain was weak and I would have liked this to be a Marvel movie that isn't all about delivering one-liners. All of the Marvel characters have to be funny and snarky. It's gotten old.

    The alternate dimension scenes that Doctor Strange travels through courtesy of the "Ancient One" are absolutely breathtaking and also very odd. I would have loved to see more of those visuals in this movie. Also, the confrontation between…

  • Just Desserts: The Making of 'Creepshow'

    Just Desserts: The Making of 'Creepshow'

    ★★★★

    A great documentary of one of my favorite movies. The format is great with many film clips mixed in with all of the stories told by the primary creators (Romero and Savini) and also by actors, cast members and key staffers.

    The only thing that would have made this better is if Stephen King had actually been interviewed. His absence sticks out like a sore thumb.

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★½

    The story has now become David's. What a compelling turn this series took with "Prometheus". The search for a creator has identified a destroyer. There is a major twist about halfway through this film that floored me. I did not expect a certain character to be capable of such an act.

    There is a lot of blood and gore in this edition of the Alien franchise. It's probably the most visceral entry in the series. I don't mind that, but…

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel

    ★★★★

    I watched this again and continue to be impressed by the all-out action. The fights featured here are how I think a comic book come to life would be. I'm upping this to 4 out of 5 for the hyper kinetic action.

  • Prometheus

    Prometheus

    ★★★★

    It's been almost five years since I watched this the first time. I gave it a lukewarm review back then and I really got hung up on some of the silliness. Janek (Idris Alba) getting Vickers (Charlize Theron) to sleep with him by singing her a stinking old Stephen Stills song. A biologist and a geologist get stoned in their spacesuits. Let go of the hippie '60s already, Ridley!

    Anyway, my second watch was much more enjoyable. I really liked…

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★

    A really enjoyable film with some great performances. Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges were highlights. The dialogue was natural and the story was engrossing. I saw this about a month previous to writing this and have forgotten some of the detail. It makes for a boring review, I suppose. But I remember enough to highly recommend "Hell Or High Water". I'd watch it again right now if I had it lying around.

  • The Secret Life of Pets

    The Secret Life of Pets

    ★½

    This was so underwhelming and unfunny. From seeing the trailer, it looked to have some real potential for clever bits and gags. Maybe a look inside what pets might be doing while their owners are away. As it turns out, all of those moments were in the trailer.

    There's a lot of New York City ass-kissing. The pets all have one-trick, a single way that they behave. The animation is nothing that you haven't seen a million times before.

    I can't think of anything else to note about this. It's ordinary at its best and boring by default.

  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    I'm very glad I didn't fall for the hype when this was released because this was one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time. The "Squad" is loaded with what are supposed to be villains, but for some reason they are set up as if they are just misunderstood or at the very least dysfunctional.

    Deadshot and Harley Quinn are ill-equipped to handle an Earth-ending bad-gal witch and her tentacled brother and their blue lazer-thingy death machine…