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  • Seven Samurai
  • The Warriors
  • My Darling Clementine
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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  • Malignant

    ★★★½

  • National Lampoon's European Vacation

    ★★½

  • Darkman

    ★★★★

  • Lust for Love

    ★★★½

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  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★½

    Malignant is a fun and scary horror film, although I guessed the main conceit about a fourth of the way in. (Maybe I've just seen too many movies.)

    Madison Mitchell (Annabelle Wallis) comes home from work early because her pregnancy is causing her pain. Her husband doesn't seem too sympathetic. When Madison talks back to him, he angrily pushes her into the wall. He apologizes to her, but the back of her head is bloody. Later that night he is…

  • The Big Store

    The Big Store

    ★★★★

    I don't know if The Big Store merits four stars, but I loved it, from beginning to end. One thing you can say about this movie: they don't make 'em like this anymore!

    The Big Store has a simple premise: Tommy Rogers wants to sell his share in a department store, but a greedy manager named Mr. Grover wants to take over the store by rubbing Tommy out and marrying his rich aunt, Martha Phelps (Margaret Dumont). Martha doesn't know…

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  • Darkman

    Darkman

    ★★★★

    Imagine Darkman being a much angrier, more vengeful Batman (1989)—except that the main character has significant burns and he isn't a billionaire. (Maybe Batman crossed with The Phantom of the Opera [1925]?)

    The movie begins with Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson) working on a new type of synthetic skin. Unfortunately, the skin only lasts 99 minutes before it disintegrates. He then discovers that darkness is the key ingredient: in the dark, the skin won't dissolve.

    Meanwhile, Peyton's girlfriend Julie (Frances McDormand)…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    I just read Dune (1965) and Dune Messiah (1969). (I've got the other books in the queue!) And I've seen the 1984 film, which isn't great. So I was primed and ready to see this latest Dune movie by Denis Villeneuve.

    (On a mildly humorous note, when the movie began to roll and the title Dune came on screen, it was subtitled Part One. The people in the row in front of me said, "What?!" In case you didn't know,…