Gremlins ★★★★★


"They're inside."

"All of them?!?!"

Master filmmaker Joe Dante has been sharper (The New Batch) and angrier (Looney Tunes: Back in Action) but never so economical. For such a quaint, little slice of Rockwellian subversion, each frame moves as if the Gremlins are already festering out of the walls. It's a cartoon that doesn't translate into the literal until the middle act, but Dante is wide-eyed and quick-witted throughout, and the payoffs are endless. Favorite moment has to be the image of a sea of gremlins enthralled by Snow White and the power of cinema, drawn to the magic of the screen. It's only slightly less rowdy than how the opening night Jurassic World screening was.

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