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  • Cats

    Cats

    Movies 2019 - 302. Cats (2019; written by Lee Hall and Tom Hooper; directed by Tom Hooper)

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    Cats living on the streets of London hold an annual celebration as one moves on to its next life. Cats is the kind of movie where hearing someone say that it is a bad movie isn’t enough. You have to experience the badness for yourself. It is almost admirable just how deliciously terrible Cats is. From its outlandish premise, to…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★

    Movies 2020 - 3. Uncut Gems (2019; written by Ronald Bronstein and the Safdie Brothers; directed by the Safdie Brothers)
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    A New York jeweler’s life spirals out of control thanks to his gambling addiction. There has to be a word for this, but my brain isn’t coming up with it at the moment. I’ll describe: what is it called when you desperately want someone to come out on top when you know that they will…

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  • Gangster Squad

    Gangster Squad

    ★★★

    Movies 2021 - 71. Gangster Squad (2013; written by Will Beall; directed by Ruben Fleischer)

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    A team of cops willing to bend the law team up to bring down the mob. Look. Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad is not a good movie. It is hampered by some pretty poor writing, groan-worthy performances by good performers (Baby Goose?!?!), and is shot just a bit too dark to really see what is happening. BUT despite being pretty bad, there is…

  • Profile

    Profile

    ★★★½

    Movies 2021 - 70. Profile (2018; written by Britt Poulson, Olga Kharina, and Timur Bekmambetov; directed by Timur Bekmambetov)

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    A British journalist attempts to infiltrate an Islamic group through social media. The “computer-screen” thriller is quickly becoming a genre I really enjoy. It isn’t one with a wide plethora of titles, but thus far, from Host to The Den to Searching and the Unfriended movies, I have at least liked everything I have seen. So…

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  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    Creature from the Black Lagoon

    ★★★½

    Hooptober 5 - Movie 3

    Movies 2018 - 246. Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954; written by Harry Essex and Arthur A. Ross; directed by Jack Arnold)
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    A group of scientists attempt to capture a mysterious sea creature from the Amazon. I have a special place in my heart for the Universal monsters. There is something really fun about the films that introduce these characters. They tell great stories and actually find ways…

  • Ghostland

    Ghostland

    ★★★½

    Hooptober 5 - Movie 8

    Movies 2018 - 263. Incident In A Ghostland (2018; written and directed by Pascal Laugier)

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    A single mother and her two daughters are forced to confront evil home invaders. I have gone on the record many times to express that I don’t like horror films that rely solely on jump scares. It’s a cheap storytelling convention that feels like a substitute for a deeper plot. However, when a film does…