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  • The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

    The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

    ★★★½

    The le Carre books are generally regarded as the anti-James Bond, and on that score this is a great adaptation. Black and white where the Bond films are lush, drab costumes and sets where the Bond films are opulent, claustrophobic where the Bond films are expansive, this is everything Fleming's franchise is not.

    It mostly works well, but it does suffer from that issue some adaptations have of feeling like the Cliff's Notes version. A bit too much is pared…

  • The Undercover Man

    The Undercover Man

    ★★½

    It's fine. A pretty by the numbers procedural that is a bit too toothless to call a noir. I will probably forget everything about it by next week.

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  • Gremlins

    Gremlins

    ★★★★★

    I say this without irony: Gremlins is a fantastic Christmas movie. In many ways a Reagan-era response to It's a Wonderful Life, this film explores what happens to those who for whatever reason are unable to have a Merry Christmas, those who fall through the cracks of '80s capitalism. Marketing and consumerism is everywhere in this film, and it is no surprise that the targets of the gremlins: a gadget-filled middle-class home, a bank, a department store, and a movie…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★

    Guardians in the Galaxy was as awesome as it was billed; very much a cross between The Fifth Element and The Avengers. Speaking of The Fifth Element though, I agree that the villains are pretty lacking here (Again, Marvel) and that what a movie like this really needed was a Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg. I mean, Lee Pace, you're playing a character called Ronan the Accuser in a movie with a talking raccoon and a dude who gets inside more alien…