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  • 10 Things I Hate About You

    10 Things I Hate About You

    ★★★★½

    It's such a generous, warm, good-hearted movie, and I think that's why it's viewed so fondly even after twenty-one years. While the movie may initially have hitched its wagon to the 'Clueless' star in transposing the classics to a contemporary high school setting, to my mind '10 Things' now endures as the better movie.

    Director Gil Junger has taken the moral stance of peak John Hughes to heart. At it's core, '10 Things' is fundamentally about decent people trying to…

  • The Mighty Ducks

    The Mighty Ducks

    ★★★½

    Coming at the tail-end of the early-90's Hollywood vogue for yuppie lawyers who reform their avaricious ways and locate their inner child and renew their sense of purpose in life ('Regarding Henry', 'Hook'), 'The Mighty Ducks' now looks distinctly of its time.

    While the screenplay dutifully hits all the expected beats with efficiency if not aplomb, (what do you think the chances are that the former player-turned-coach will end up in the final game pitted against the former coach who…

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  • The Old Guard

    The Old Guard

    ★★★

    The biggest problem with 'The Old Guard' is that they don't seem old enough. These are immortal beings whose speech rhythms, worldview and interactions with outsiders come over as contemporary, even hip.

    Compare this group of four (and the newbie whose induction and integration into the group marks the main through-line here) to the True Knot in 'Doctor Sleep'. That particular group of immortals seemed genuinely otherworldly, and existed at a remove from society, it's values and moral imperatives. I…

  • Being John Malkovich

    Being John Malkovich

    ★★★★

    It's always cool to revisit a movie that you haven't come back to in a while and reverse-engineer all the influences hat you can spot on movies that have been made since. Such a phenomenon occurs when you come back to 'Being John Malkovich' and realise that Jordan Peele must have paid a lot of attention when he watched it, because traces of this movie are all over "Get Out'.

    Why'd I never spot this? For one thing, you've got…