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  • The Sacrifice

    The Sacrifice

    ★★½

    I didn't really feel this one. I loved Andrei Rublev and Stalker, and they are both challenging films, but this is pretty opaque even in comparison to them. It also is much more didactic, feeling more like a sermon than his earlier films. It is beautiful to look at though.

  • Day of the Outlaw

    Day of the Outlaw

    ★★★★

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

    A unique film in many ways. It ratchets up the tension slowly and effectively, building towards what seems to be an inevitable blood bath, but instead goes out on a bleak, very effective whimper. The exterior, snowscape cinematography is absolutely gorgeous. The performance are solid all around, but Burl Ives is the standout. Great stuff.

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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…