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  • Miller's Crossing
  • Jaws
  • The Thing
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

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  • Spy

    ★★★★½

  • Possessor

    ★★★½

  • Godzilla

    ★★★½

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★

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  • Lifeforce

    Lifeforce

    ★★★★½

    Ah, the 1980s. It was a simpler time: a time of magic, miracles, demons and gods. A time when a cult horror director could commandeer a $25 million budget to construct an amalgamation of thoughtful British science-fiction and American horror. A time when Steve Railsback was considered a viable leading man. I speak of the infamous flop Lifeforce.

    Loosely based on Colin Wilson’s novel The Space Vampires — fairly on-the-nose for a title — director Tobe Hooper and screenwriter Dan…

  • From Beyond

    From Beyond

    ★★★★½

    Where would horror movies be without slime? It’s the perfect go-to method for disguising effect flaws while making the audience squirm with disgust. Enter From Beyond, the movie that puts the “goo” in “goopy.” Its chief monster, the dimensionally disfigured Dr. Pretorius, almost puts John Carpenter’s Thing alien to shame with its overall shape-shifting malleability and gallons of ooze.

    As if that weren’t enough, the movie as a whole is an excellent exercise in mad science, sadomasochistic inventiveness and squirrelly…

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★½

    This movie may be the ultimate definition of 'cozy.' Taking Anderson's fondness for telling stories within stories (within stories) to new heights, this is part New Yorker pastiche, part anthology film, and part "hey, that's [insert actor here], I love [insert gender pronoun here]!"

    If you're not a Wes Anderson fan, this won't be for you. But if you dig his deliberately artificial style, you'll be delighted.

  • The Last Shark

    The Last Shark

    ½

    Preceded by The Last but One Shark!
    Followed by There Was Another Shark Afterwards!
    Concluded in Sharks Galore!

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  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★★½

    Mike Flanagan is, like Frank Darabont and precious few others, a director who gets Stephen King. He also gets movies, which is how his adaptation of Doctor Sleep adroitly treks the vast difference between King's The Shining and Kubrick's take. It takes Kubrick's masterpiece and infuses it with King's penchant for warm characters, resulting in a hybrid that's sometime unwieldy but always entertaining.

    I do wish it was scarier, though. Despite terrific performances from all involved, the creep factor isn't…