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  • Jaws
  • The Thing
  • Scream
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  • The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

    ★★

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★★½

  • Doctor Who: The Night of the Doctor

    ★★★½

  • Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★★

    The key ingredient in a cinematic epic, is weight. In a true massive epic, the likes of Laurence of Arabia, The Lord of the Rings, Malcolm X, The Longest Day, we have to feel that the events are witnessing are of great importance, with implications that will have massive ramifications for generations. An attempted that either undersells the importance and feels false, (Midway) or oversells it (Exodus: Gods and Kings) and feels silly, will not succeed.

    Denis Villeneuve and his…

  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    The Thing is John Carpenter's Masterpiece. He has other movies that are scarier, cooler or smarter, but The Thing is his magnum opus. This is a movie that John Carpenter made that nobody else could've. His vision is pure and visceral and utterly bleak. Every shot, every scene is orchestrated for maximum impact. Even people without any love for horror get sucked into his apocalyptic vision. It's brilliant and despite many attempts, nobody else has come close to replicating the feel of this film.

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  • The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

    The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

    ★★

    Man, this was just not for me. I think it's probably very much targeted at kids younger than me, but are they even gonna know who Kevin Bacon is? I thought all the LA stuff was pretty goofy and felt cheaply done, the Knowhere material was a little more interesting and strong. James Gunn said he was trying to make a good version of the Star Wars Holiday special. While this is definitely better, I'm not sure if that's really saying much.

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★★½

    Second viewing is just as superb as the first. Not only does everything fall into place, but more than a few scenes play way stronger on round 2. Clearly Johnson has plotted it out to the last detail. Daniel Craig and Janelle Monae are phenomenal, and I thinking the editing is the sharpest of the year. Try and catch this one with a live audience while you can.

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  • The Rock

    The Rock

    ★★★★★

    One of the best action movies of all time, absolutely no doubt. The energy in this film is off the charts. If I had to show one movie to explain the concept of action movies to someone who had never seen one, it would probably be The Rock, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Die Hard or Speed. Casino Royale or Skyfall takes the fifth slot depending on how I'm feeling that day. These are movies that take shootouts, chases, fights…

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★★

    Hitchcock used to talk about suspense using the example of a bomb under a table. If the bomb goes off, that's action, if the audience knows there is a bomb, and is waiting for it go off, that's suspense.

    In Leigh Whannel's new film, the heroine knows about the bomb, and she's trying to warn everyone. The problem is, the bomb is invisible and nobody believes her. This is a bluntly feminist statement here. The tagline for this movie could…