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  • The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
  • Revenge of the Nerds
  • Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror
  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

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  • White Chicks

    ★★

  • An Autumn Afternoon

    ★★★

  • Once Upon a Time in Queens

    ★★★½

  • Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: An Inheritance to Die For

    ★★

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  • Squid Game

    Squid Game

    ★★★½

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    It’s encouraging to see more foreign projects get attention here in America. Even if it’s dubbed and the vocal performances are less than great, “Squid Game” is intense, well performed, full of great production design, and has a solid, if not obvious, social commentary at its core. Combined with its South Korean origins it’s no wonder people compare it to “Parasite.”

    But I think the closer comparison is “Battle Royale,” the unofficial inspiration for “The Hunger…

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★½

    This was surprisingly good. I’m not a fan of James Wan’s other films, but he’s always been a capable director. Here, the script and the visual style go together nicely. Wan’s camera is constantly gliding, twisting, or turning, feeling like the point of view of a monster, which is appropriate. A solid cast of unknowns additionally keeps the focus on the story rather than the actors.

    It was also a first to see a horror film set in Seattle to…

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  • Airplane Mode

    Airplane Mode

    ½

    "Airplane Mode" is theoretically a comedy feature length motion picture starring Logan Paul, an apparently famous Youtube video star. I admittedly know near nothing about him, I only was aware thanks to "I Hate Everything" that this is one of the worst movies ever made. My wife and I were browsing comedies on Paramount Plus, and I was curious after knowing that reputation. Yes, this is a terrible, terrible film, but it's strangely watchable.

    I can't even say it falls…

  • White Chicks

    White Chicks

    ★★

    Only caught the first hour on TV, but it was just about what I expected from a studio comedy from after the millennium. It also overstretches its premise with the execution of the disguises for the Wayans brothers. We see the women they are supposed to be impersonating, and then we see the face masks they wear. And it’s not even close.

    In a comedy, you can excuse some lapses in logic for the sake of a joke. Here, it…

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  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ★★★★★

    The original is a fine, humble science fiction film, made at the beginning of James Cameron’s career. By the time of this one, he had gained a high reputation and therefore high budget to craft a sequel. But in a great reversal of expectations, this improves on everything done in the original, upping the action well, the stakes, the menace and threat of the evil terminator, and adding a great new character in the young John Connor.

  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    ★★★★★

    The tightest screenplay and the best casting ever.