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  • Scrooged

    Scrooged

    ★★½

    Overstuffed, cynical, and cheerless, featuring a typical Bill Murray performance in an atypically meager role as Rich TV Executive Lacking Compassion and a Basic Understanding of Basic Decency. His schtick deviates between unhinged intensity and outright hatred and/or misunderstanding of the material, resulting in a character too cartoonish and blasé to inspire sympathy.

    Meanwhile, the movie's clever opening lampooning the commercialization of Christmas quickly leads to toothlessness, later lobbing up easy jokes about VCRs and Donald Trump (maybe the latter…

  • The Natural

    The Natural

    ★★★½

    "And then when I walked down the street people would've looked and they would've said there goes Roy Hobbs, the best there ever was in this game."

    As it's played today, Major League Baseball is a grind. 162+ games, each of them at least three hours long, most of that time spent standing on the field waiting for a pitch. Highlight reels include outfielders sprinting headlong into fences, sure, but they also include Jeff Francoeur grabbing a handful of popcorn…

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  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★

    My boi Peter keepin it real

  • Harmontown

    Harmontown

    ★★★

    Completely unsuccessful as a documentary (plays more like a clip show) because its subject - Dan Harmon himself, not the titular podcast - has his mitts all over it. That being said, reading between the lines reveals that the man is surrounded by talented, genuinely caring people who more or less have to babysit an alcoholic superasshole as he floats (once literally) on the froth of the fandom he created and the lives he's touched in spite of his worst…

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  • Häxan

    Häxan

    ★★★★

    "During the witchcraft era it was dangerous to be old and ugly, but it was not safe to be young and pretty either."

    Essentially a movie about the difficulty of being a woman in the presence of men. The most illuminating sequence begins with a heartbroken woman exclaiming that her husband's sickness must have been caused by witchcraft. Multiple women are brought in, tortured, and forced to make fictional confessions to religious authorities. Eventually, the blame rides all the way…

  • Dead & Buried

    Dead & Buried

    ★★★★

    "I'm dead, Dan. Please bury me."

    This. THIS.

    I've been waiting to watch this movie for almost a decade (ever since spotting it on the Video Nasties list), but I was sure it would disappoint.

    This is not the slow-moving, dialogue-heavy, been-dere-done-dat zombie movie some reviewers have suggested it is. This is an incredibly atmospheric, EC Comics-inspired, genuinely scary late-nite hide-under-the-covers creepfest featuring incredible gore effects by Stan Winston and two great performances from James Farentino and Jack Albertson.

    I…