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  • In the Heat of the Night
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  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

    ★★★

  • Mr. and Mrs. Iyer

    ★★★½

  • Used Cars

    ★★★½

  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    ★★★★

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  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Right down to its unwieldy name, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is such an odd curio that I couldn't help but root for it for sheer novelty's sake. The horses don't speak or the sing the dad rock in the background. Some shots resemble stunningly beautiful paintings, while others (particularly shots of many animals + nature) are some wonkiest 2002 computer animation I've ever seen.

    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron also seeks to be an animated drama for adults (with…

  • Used Cars

    Used Cars

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A real mixed bag with a great beagle performance at its center!

    It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize the reason that Mickey reminded me of Biff. This is another Robert Zemeckis joint! You can also really see it in the great final driving sequence with all the teen drivers, including Wendie Jo Sperber from I Wanna Hold Your Hand as Nervous Nora!

    That finale is great and so is a sequence where Jeff (Gerrit Graham) saves Rudy…

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  • Born Rich

    Born Rich

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is a hard movie to rate. It's not well made, but it almost succeeds in spite of itself due to the fact that it's about rich kids, made by a rich kid: Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune. This gives him access to his rich friends that most documentarians would kill for.

    So although its sometimes embarrassingly amateurish (particularly the background music choices), Johnson perhaps doesn't know how funny some of these interviews are. If we're judging…

  • Liberal Arts

    Liberal Arts

    What if Garden State had no good parts and an even more insufferable sitcom actor at the helm? What if How I Met Your Mother let Ted Mosby be condescending to a would-be love interest 16 years his junior?

    I did add Liberal Arts with the intent of hate-watching it, so I can't say I'm surprised that it's insipid. But I was sometimes surprised that its characters were so basic. 19 year old Zibby introduces 35 year old Jesse to…