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  • Back to the Future
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • MacGruber

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  • The Furies

    ★★★½

  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

    ★★

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★½

  • Summer Wars

    ★★★½

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  • The Furies

    The Furies

    ★★★½

    The forty-first film from the 2021 Criterion Challenge (#33: Western)

    Barbara Stanwyck is always a force to be reckoned with. We kinda picked Anthony Mann's The Furies out of a hat for the Western category. It's not exactly what I would have expected from the genre, focusing heavily on family drama, though it does feature many of the tropes; there is a good shootout and some horse-riding out on these plains. The main attraction here is watching Stanwyck and Walter Huston play off of one another. They are both so damn good.

  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

    The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

    ★★

    The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause is a bit of an improvement on the second movie; there are some fun sight gags throughout and enjoyable performances moments mixed in from Alan Arkin, Ann-Margaret, Judge Reinhold, and Martin Short as Clifford-but-cold.

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  • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

    To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

    ★★★½

    The best moment in Beeban Kidron's To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar may be its opening in which it introduces us to Patrick Swayze, practically the masculine ideal for much of the 80's and early 90's, and proceeds to feminize him to an almost unrecognizable extent alongside another man's man, Wesley Snipes. We never see the Swayze and Snipes with whom we are already familiar again in this movie, and that's an excellent decision by Kidron and screenwriter…

  • Passengers

    Passengers

    ★½

    Passengers is fucking gross. I don't watch trailers, so I'm not sure how much of the premise is known to the general public. With that in mind, I'll toss out a SPOILER ALERT, because I cannot talk about why this movie is awful without talking about particulars of the plot that come into play at around the 30-minute mark.

    I love the opening of the film. For the first five minutes or so, we just watch the Starship Avalon hurtle…