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  • Poltergeist II: The Other Side

    Poltergeist II: The Other Side

    ★★½

    Enjoyable in sporadic bursts - and the effects on some of the creatures are absolutely wonderful - but ultimately an uneven let-down with some really rocky pacing and script elements.

  • Poltergeist

    Poltergeist

    ★★★★

    Rewatched after a particularly illuminating podcast that I helped record on Saturday.

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  • Fletch

    Fletch

    ★★★★★

    Michael Ritchie's Fletch is an endlessly re-watchable -- and quotable -- comedy/action flick with a solid plot adapted from the book of the same name. The kind of movie that I can watch any day of the year (and in any mood) and I'll love it no matter what.

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★½

    No surprise, I loved this; aside from a few small speed bumps of expository dialogue that doesn't land just right in the opening stretch, this was just fantastic.

    Here's a mainstream, Hollywood blockbuster that plays almost 75 - 80% in subtitles and sign language, yet totally and completely sells every character's opinion, vantage point, emotional core, etc.

    I see a lot of hand wringing about Hollywood movies being a factory, churning out the same movies over and over, but here's…