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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Dances with Wolves
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  • Homebound

    ★★½

  • Black Rain

    ★★★½

  • Messiah of Evil

    ★★★

  • Vegas Vacation

    ★★★

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    Built on the icy dread that freezes human souls when trust dissipates, John Carpenter's "The Thing" stakes its claim as one of the greatest horror films every constructed. A combination of wire-tight thrills, thick atmosphere, authentic humanity, and eye-grabbing effects, Carpenter's film is a genre icon.

    Taking place in an Antarctic research station, "The Thing" revolves around the residents of the station and the incursion into their controlled existence by something that should have been left frozen in the ice.…

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  • Homebound

    Homebound

    ★★½

    A small-scale horror film that features quiet chills and off-putting children, "Homebound" finds a husband bring his new wife to remote manor to meet his children. The man's brood from a previous marriage treats the stepmother with more than passing disrespect, and certain secrets soon rise to the fore. It is a serviceable if undeveloped narrative, the limitations production communicating story with icy capability. The entire experience feels stunted as the credits roll, but the work is watchable despite its shortcomings.

  • Black Rain

    Black Rain

    ★★★½

    Ridley Scott's "Black Rain," a Japan-set crime thriller that finds Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia's New York cops dealing with local law enforcement and the Yakuza, is smooth, stylish work. The story is a straightforward potboiler, peopled with hard scrabble types and culture-clashing tropes, that clicks with a neatly assembled plot. Scott composes the film with weight, focusing on his characters' grit and personalities, and layers that weight and the energy it produces with swift construction and visual zest. The results land as mid-tier Scott and a worthy experience.

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  • Inception

    Inception

    ★★★★★

    "Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.

  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    ★★★★½

    An audacious blend of imagery and allegory, Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" is a film that may take multiple viewings to fully appreciate. On first viewing, however, the film bursts with colors, shapes, and a searing observation of the battle between youth culture and adult stolidity. Kubrick's film, based on the novel by Anthony Burgess, is a striking and layered piece of work.

    The plot of "A Clockwork Orange" revolves around Malcolm McDowell's Alex, the quintessential hooligan concerned with all…