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  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★★

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

    I didn't come into Doctor Sleep versed in Stephen King, and I've only seen Kubrick's Shining once. I'm about as casual a viewer as this film could have had. The performances are solid, particularly the top three (Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, and Kyliegh Curran). I particularly appreciated the scene in which McGregor's Dan Torrance receives his fifth month sobriety token and talks about how alcoholic rage had been something he used to connect with his deceased father, Jack. It's a…

  • Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics

    Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics

    ★★

    I didn't realize Christopher Lee narrated this, but that was exciting to realize. Unfortunately, the doc itself is a haphazard vacuous jumble. It presumes the viewer is already well versed in DC's history, so it doesn't engage much in historical background. What information is provided about specific characters is largely basic and perfunctory.

    Where Necessary Evil disappoints most is its philosophical pontification, which has all the depth one would expect from a 7th grader's language arts essay. It's not profound…

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  • Sicko

    Sicko

    ★★★★½

    Sicko came out in a particularly upsetting time in my life. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2005. Two years later, my health was so unreliable that it was a major reason my family chose to close the doors on the business we'd owned and operated for twenty years. No single topic has dominated my daily life these last eight years more than the vulnerability of the sick and injured in America. Not even Batman.

    Michael Moore is still…

  • The Sting

    The Sting

    ★★★★★

    The Sting is one of the rarest sorts of films: It's laden with plot twists and surprises, but knowing the payoffs doesn't detract from the joy of repeat viewings. Generally, stories with "Aha!" moments are thrilling the first time through but don't hold up to a second viewing. Not so with the 1973 Best Picture.

    I've seen The Sting several times over the years, most recently 7 March 2010 on DVD. I've loved it since I first saw it on…