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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 4K UHD Review: Calamitous Christmas Classic

Clark Griswold, the epitome of the American Middle-Class male, is on a slow burn. He has a vision of perfection. ...
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The Polar Express 4K UHD Review: Dead-eyed and Dreaming

The Polar Express (2004; dir. Robert Zemeckis; rated G) is a weird, dark flick that should be darker. A motion-capture ...
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A Christmas Story 4K UHD Review: You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!

A Christmas Story (1983; dir. Bob Clark) is a charmer—a sweet and funny yuletide gem that’s never too cute for ...
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Planes, Trains and Automobiles 4K UHD Review: Thanksgiving’s Annual Lesson

Neal Page is not a bad guy. He's tightly wound, a little too serious, but the most important thing to ...
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Elf (2003) 4K UHD Review: Farrell and Favreau Hit

Elf is a strange premise, anchored on a strange performance. Will Ferrell plays the grown-up version of a baby from ...
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Blue Hawaii 4K UHD Limited Edition Review: Death by Half-baked Clambake

When did Elvis Presley’s decline start?  From the cradle. I’m no Elvis scholar (I’ve listened to dozens of his albums ...
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The Company of Wolves 4K UHD Review: Little Red’s Wolf Fetish

The Company of Wolves (1984) is only kind of a werewolf movie, in that werewolves in the 20th century took ...
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Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Vol. 2 4K UHD Review: They Don’t Make ’em Like They Used To

Halloween is over, but we can celebrate it all year long—am I right? I’m always in a mood to watch ...
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Casablanca 4K UHD Review: Here’s Looking at UHD

There's an old joke about a woman who saw Hamlet for the first time and hated it. "It was all ...
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Dressed to Kill (1980) 4K UHD Review: Hitchcock Outdone

To ‘get’ Dressed to Kill, you probably have to bear a soft spot in your heart for slasher movies. And it ...
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Army of Darkness 4K UHD Limited Edition Steelbook Review: Long Live the Medieval Dead

Army of Darkness was my personal introduction to the Evil Dead. Because of Universal's awful marketing at the time, however, ...
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The War of the Worlds (1953)/When Worlds Collide 4K UHD Review: They Came From the ’50s

Producer George Pal’s thumbprint on science-fiction and fantasy films was big. A new limited edition, two-disc set from Paramount Pictures ...
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Scream 2 4K UHD Review: You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream… For Less Scream

I doubt the horror movie was ‘dead’ before Wes Craven’s Scream (1996) came out. Hadn’t The Silence of the Lambs ...
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Poltergeist (1982) 4K UHD Review: This Movie Is Clean

Director Tobe Hooper is most famous for Poltergeist (1982) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). Chainsaw’s a sick, stone classic ...
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The Lost Boys 4K UHD Review: Flashy ’80s Vampire Flick

Half of the The Lost Boys is a moody gothic music-video styled horror movie. The other half is the '80s ...
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture: The Director’s Edition 4K UHD Review: The Starship Ponderosa

Upon its release in 1979, Trekkies greeted Star Trek: The Motion Picture as an Event. Green-lit by Paramount in a ...
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God Told Me To 4K UHD Review: Holy Mindscrew

Larry Cohen, the writer-director of such cult faves as It’s Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent, and The Stuff, was a ...
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Event Horizon 4K UHD Review: Atmospheric Space Chiller

At first glance, Event Horizon looks like a rip-off of Alien. A crew in space, far from any aid, investigating ...
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Flatliners (1990) 4K UHD Review: Visually Stimulating Psychological Thriller

Doctors lead very exciting lives in movies. Every doctor I've known in real life has been a little dull. Intelligent, ...
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Edge of Tomorrow 4K UHD Review: Groundhog D-Day

It is a strange time to look at a film that earned hundreds of millions at the box-office and wonder: ...
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True Romance 4K UHD Review: Sick Love, Slick Film

True Romance isn't a Quentin Tarantino movie. His name is on the screenplay. It has many scenes which no other ...
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Raiders of the Lost Ark Limited Edition Steelbook 4K UHD Review: Cinematic Adventure Perfection

Watching as a child, I knew that Raiders of the Lost Ark was a great adventure. It had everything you ...
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Candyman (1992) 4K UHD Review: Urban Legend, Urban Horror

Of the many great things about Bernard Rose's Candyman, one of the best is that it isn’t structured like a ...
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The Untouchables 4K UHD Review: De Palma Lite

Great artists sometimes create beneath their gifts, just for a lark. This describes the role Brian De Palma plays in ...
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12 Monkeys (1995) 4K UHD Review: Time-Travel Tragedy

Terry Gilliam lives to be idiosyncratic. In a British comedy troupe, Monty Python, he was the American. In Hollywood filmmaking, ...
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Wild Things 4K UHD Review: High Level Sleaze

Wild Things is trash. But it's a kind of exquisite trash. It's the best Cinemax-style soft porn ever made. It's ...
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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 4K UHD Review: End of the Classic Western

The ubiquity of the popularity of the Western is a cultural phenomenon that is hard to fathom. It wasn't just ...
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Singin’ in the Rain 4K UHD Review: A Pure Joy

Chances are, you’ve seen Singin’ in the Rain. You already know how good it is. (If you’ve not seen it, ...
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RoboCop (1987) 4K UHD Review: FrankenCop

When it came out in 1987, RoboCop (dir. Paul Verhoeven) was one of my favorite movies. I was seven. I ...
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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) 4K UHD Review: Loud, Blaring Classic Adaptation

There's so much to love about Kenneth Branagh's take on the story of Frankenstein and his monster, but there is ...
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The Godfather Trilogy 4K UHD Review: A Restoration You Can’t Refuse

The most written about American films in history have to be Citizen Kane, Psycho, and The Godfather. All are epochal ...
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An American Werewolf in London 4K UHD Limited Edition Review: He’s a Monster and He’s Not Alright

At 97 minutes, An American Werewolf in London (1981) is a good short horror film that should have been shorter. ...
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Shooter 4K UHD Review: American Sniper-ish

As a mindless piece of action, Shooter is an entertaining ride. Director Antoine Fuqua never seems less than committed to ...
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The Matrix Resurrections 4K UHD Review: Welcome to the Meta-Verse

One of the things that The Matrix: Resurrections does is acknowledge that it feels pointless to make a sequel to ...
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Alligator (1980) 4K Ultra HD Review: Jaws in the Sewers

It's always nice when a movie tells you exactly what it's about in the title. This film is a monster ...
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Catwoman: Hunted 4K Ultra HD Review: DC Goes Anime

DC’s latest animated film answers the question you probably never asked: what would a DC film look like as anime? ...
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The Lover 4K UHD Collector’s Edition Review: Fall in Love Again

Famed director Jean-Jacques Annaud’s adaptation of this steamy semi-autobiographical tale by author Marguerite Duras caused a sensation upon its 1992 theatrical ...
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The Toolbox Murders (1978) 4K Ultra HD Review: Gruesome Grindhouse Exploitation

The difference between exploitation and horror is attitude. In a horror movie, you sympathize with the victim. In exploitation, your ...
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Krampus: The Naughty Cut 4K Ultra HD Review: Anti-Santa Extended Edition

A fan of folklore often feels a pang of loss when one of the creatures or legends you cherish suddenly ...
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Mad Max Anthology 4K Ultra HD Box Set Review: Work in Progress

You know how all major video games launch with issues that have to be fixed after release? Well, sometimes it ...
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The Hills Have Eyes (1977) 4K UHD Review: Hellbilly Pie

Sounding like a lame retread of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974; dir. Tobe Hooper), The Hills Have Eyes (1977; dir. ...
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Middle Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD Review: Beautiful Box but Incomplete

The Lord of the Rings is a landmark of modern cinema. New Line's audacity of committing to a trilogy before ...
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Batman: Year One Commemorative Edition 4K Ultra HD Review: Good Batman Story Unexceptionally Told

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns made a bigger splash, but of the two famous Frank Miller revisionist Batman stories of ...
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Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Collection 4K Ultra HD Review: Four Classic Horrors

The longevity of the iconography of the Universal monster films in popular culture is truly remarkable. A single image of ...
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Deep Red (1975) 4K Ultra HD Review: Argento’s Giallo Swan Song

In Deep Red, Dario Argento finally synthesizes his art and obsessions, and creates a film where the entire visual strategy ...
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Dune (1984) 4K Ultra HD Review: Beautiful, Fascinating Mess of an Adaptation

Dune is probably unfilmable. The problem is not the special effects required, nor is it the scope of the action. ...
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Children of the Corn (1984) 4K Ultra HD Review: Beating Up Kids in 4K

In the cottage industry of Stephen King adaptations, it's strange that one of his early stories about killer kids has ...
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The Cat O’ Nine Tails 4K Ultra HD Review: Convoluted Giallo Murder Mystery

The frustrating thing about Dario Argento is not the bad parts of his movies: it's the good ones. When he's ...
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Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection 4K Ultra HD Review: 4K, The Final Frontier

In celebration of the 55th anniversary of the debut of the Star Trek TV series this month, Paramount has released ...
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The Transformers – The Movie 35th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook Review: Still More Than Meets the Eye

Thirty-five years ago, The Transformers took to the big screen in what is, arguably, still the best Transformers movie ever. ...
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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage 4K Ultra HD Review: Dario Argento’s Debut Giallo

Dario Argento is one of those "stylish" directors who, at some point in his career, allowed the style to completely ...
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Dead & Buried (1981) 4K Ultra HD Limited Edition Review: Uncovered ’80s Horror Gem

Dead & Buried takes place in a small town, which is always bad news in a horror movie. Those are ...
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Indiana Jones: 4-Movie Collection 4K Ultra HD Box Set Review: Dolby Atmos to the Rescue

Just in time for this month’s 40th anniversary of the theatrical debut of Indiana Jones, this new box set presents ...
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The Final Countdown (1980) 4K Ultra HD Limited Edition Review: Great Planes, Great Set-up, No Story?

The scenario and set-up are almost perfect for an alternative history science fiction story: a fully loaded modern (in 1979) ...
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Django (1966) 4K Ultra HD Review: A Spaghetti Western Icon

Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy might have signaled the international recognition of the spaghetti western, but it was Django that launched ...
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Santa Sangre 4K UHD Limited Edition Box Set Review: Jodorowsky’s True Vision

Alejandro Jodorowsky is the quintessential Renaissance man, although he’s most widely known as a feature film director. His true definition ...
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Perdita Durango 4K Ultra HD Review: An Evil, Evil Love Story

An important key to understanding Perdita Durango, the character: her boyfriend is a bank-robbing Santeria priest who, in front of ...
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The Day of the Beast (1995) 4K Ultra HD Review: Surrealist Spanish Horror Comedy

With solemn music, steady angles and serious lighting, The Day of the Beast opens with a pair of priests in ...
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Tremors (1990) 4K Ultra HD Review: Monster Movie in Perfection

Tremors takes place in a town called Perfection (population: 14). It’s an ironic name, because the only thing perfect about ...
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Vigilante (1982) 4K Ultra HD Review: Gritty Death Wish Redux

Vigilante, a Death Wish-inspired action drama from 1982, does so many interesting and fun things that it's a shame it ...
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Weathering with You (Limited Collector’s Edition) 4K Ultra HD Review: Prettier Colors, More Insight

Whatever misgivings I had about 2019's Weathering With You when I reviewed it a couple of months ago in its initial ...
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Chernobyl (2019) 4K Ultra HD Review: Harrowing, Horrifying Disaster Story

Chernobyl is a horror story with two monsters. One is technological, the other is human. The human horror caused the ...
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Daughters of Darkness (1971) 4K Ultra HD Review: Mysterious, Sensuous Vampire Story

On the first level, Daughters of Darkness is a film about a newly married couple who encounter an intriguing, if overly familiar ...
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Flash Gordon (1980) 4K Ultra HD Review: Garish and Spirited Comic Action

George Lucas's inspirations for Star Wars were many. He was a voracious reader of golden age science fiction, and picked elements he ...
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Pitch Black 4K Ultra HD Review: Riddick Starts Here

Pitch Black was released in 2000, and it feels very much like the last science fiction action film of the '90s. ...
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The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection 4K UHD Review: Four Masterworks of Suspense

Alfred Hitchcock is known as the master of suspense, but that's too limited a title for him. Where his talents ...
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The New York Ripper 4K Ultra HD Review: Sleazy Exploitation American Giallo

The New York Ripper is sleazy. It contains sleaze. It is about sleaze. In its semi-coherent narrative, it indulges in the ...
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The House by the Cemetery 4K Ultra HD Review: ‘Damn Tombstones!’

It's probably not accurate to say Lucio Fulci is an acquired taste. It's more accurate to say, of all the ...
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The Wizard of Oz 4K UHD Review: Somewhere Over the HDR Rainbow

Dorothy and the gang are back in a sparkling new 80th anniversary edition of the classic film, released in 4K ...
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Wonder Woman: Bloodlines 4K Ultra HD Review: All Hail the Princess

The latest DC animated film starts off poorly, with a prolonged 10-minute origin story on Wonder Woman’s home island of ...
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Batman: Hush 4K Ultra HD Review: The Bat, the Cat, and Villains Aplenty

DC's animated films tend to be adaptations of their classic comic-book works, with this story in particular being one of ...
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The Batman Four Film Collection 4K UHD Review: Long Live the Bat

It seems impossible now, but 30 years ago there was only one blockbuster cinematic superhero: Batman. In celebration of the ...
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