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  • Rear Window
  • Harakiri
  • King Kong
  • The Mark of Zorro

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  • The Wanted 18

    ★★★½

  • Son of the White Mare

    ★★★★

  • It's Such a Beautiful Day

    ★★★★½

  • Sword of the Samurai

    ★★★

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  • The Wanted 18

    The Wanted 18

    ★★★½

    I do like that this is a story (and a perspective) that has not been told nearly  enough, and the visual style, both the stop-motion and the comics, is an unusual (and welcome) choice for a documentary. That said, I think it needed to provide just a bit more context and background to make more of an impact.

  • Son of the White Mare

    Son of the White Mare

    ★★★★

    Pretty much every frame is a new fantastic image to wow you.

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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 of 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…