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  • Jaws
  • Die Hard
  • Ghostbusters
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  • Shaft

    ★★★★★

  • Dracula and Son

    ★★★½

  • Billy the Kid Versus Dracula

    ★★★

  • The Man From Toronto

    ★★

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    Extraterrestrial shapeshifting hellbeast aside, life at an artic research station is looking pretty appealing about now. Update - Wrote that about the state of the world three years ago. Still true. Anyway, happy 40th you magnificent creature.

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    I thought this was better than the original, but then again I am not really the biggest fan of that one. I was interested in this due to the flying scenes and they did not disappoint. The stuff on the ground is marginally better but really only one earthbound scene stood out for me. The action though is phenomenal. If you are at all interested in seeing this, see it in theaters. Not sure it will have the same impact…

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  • The Shadow of the Cat

    The Shadow of the Cat

    ★★★★

    Solid Hammer gothic in which someone witnesses the murder of a friend, and then systematically takes out the perpetrators. Not entirely an original idea, except that certain someone is an adorable house cat. Glad I finally caught up with this as I quite enjoyed it. While we don't get Lee or Cushing, or even Michael Ripper, we do have Andre Morrell and Barbara Shelley on hand. Also, the black and white photography and set design are suitably atmospheric. And at…

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Obi-Wan Kenobi

    ★★★

    While overall I thought it was ok, due to my anticipation it was a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping Ewan McGregor would get a compelling narrative to go along with his terrific portrayal of Obi Wan. But this was very hit and miss. It mostly suffered, for me anyway, from the the fact that we know how this all ultimately turns out, so there are no real stakes. I honestly couldn't help hearing Ron Howard's narration from Arrested…

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  • Color Out of Space

    Color Out of Space

    ★★★★½

    Time will tell but this may give Re-Animator a run for it's money as my favorite movie based on H.P Lovecraft's stories. This is Nicolas Cage's best performance since, well Mandy a couple of years ago. But he's been in roughly 100 forgettable movies between now and then. Yes, his crazy is dialed up to 15 (I expected him to start singing the alphabet) but there are also moments of true emotion. Joely Richardson is also good. It was nice…

  • The King

    The King

    ★★★★

    Reading up on this movie, it is supposedly based in part on the works of William Shakespeare. It's been awhile since I have read any of those but I don't recall too many F-bombs being dropped. However, taken from the standpoint of being a medevial war/action movie I thought it was above average. And forget Batman. Robert Pattinson should be the new Inspector Clouseau.