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|80 61%||Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) - Dec 12, 2018
"I remember hating this movie the first time I watched it. I was probably 13 or 14 years old at the time so it's understandable. I enjoyed this movie more this time around. The story of this family of vampires mixes lore with a familial story. Cruise and Pitt are the parents to a young Dunst, who they decided to turn into a vampire. The predictability of vampire lore is challenged at times and followed at other times to good effect. The acting was very good by all. It dragged a bit in parts. "
|70 33%||She's Funny That Way (2014) - Dec 12, 2018
"I didn't know anything about this movie before watching it. I noticed that the casting was fantastic but other than that I decided to watch it because it was being delisted from Hulu. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this movie. The movie does end up hopping around too many times but it can be forgiven because it has so much charm. I'm not a fan of Owen Wilson, IMO anybody is usually better than him. Aniston was great. Imogen Poots really blew me away with her performance. "
|100 95%||Christmas Vacation (1989) - Dec 07, 2018
"Christmas Vacation is a perfect Christmas movie. The story is funny and relateable. It is one of those movies that you can always watch whenever you find it on TV. Not a year goes by that I don't need to watch this movie to get me into the Christmas spirit. Randy Quaid is forever mentioned in my family for being very much like many of the people in the small town my father is from. Chevy Chase is every white suburban father that has ever existed. "
|90 84%||Home Alone (1990) - Dec 04, 2018
"Home Alone is a Christmas classic. I have seen this movie tens of times. When it came out I remember going to the theater to see it no less than five times. The movie holds up extremely well. The story of a young boy who is tasked with protecting his house armed with nothing but a BB gun and his toys is something that would appeal to kids even today. Pesci and Stern as the bumbling cat burglars are fantastic. O'Hara and Heard as the parents do a fine job too. I'll continue watching this yearly. "
|50 6%||The Preacher's Wife (1996) - Dec 04, 2018
"Recommended as a Christmas movie by Rotten Tomatoes, this movie doesn't do much to get one into the holiday spirit. The Christmas aspects of it are in the background. The story is not bad. It's a little heavy handed. Denzel Washington shows up in this one and this was one of the movies that cemented him as America's heartthrob. Whitney Houston pulls off some likability in this movie but not much. I could tell that this movie was centered around her solos in the movie. "
|80 61%||Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) - Dec 02, 2018
"Florence Foster Jenkins was a touching film about the world that was built up around a rich woman in New York who was a patron of music. Meryl Streep plays Jenkins in this comedy drama about the life of a real woman. Hugh Grant plays Jenkins second husband. Their relationship is non-standard but quite endearing in the end. Simon Helberg plays a talented pianist who is tasked with accompanying Jenkins. The audience will question the fake world built for her but it's endearing in the end. "
|100 95%||Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) - Dec 02, 2018
"Hunt for the Wilderpeople was a heartwarming movie that would appeal to all ages. Sam Neill, who I didn't know was a Kiwi, plays a hardened bushman who helps a young boy survive in the bush after he gets lost. Neill's character foster the boy after he has run out of options in child services. The movie is chock full of great Kiwi characters who really bring the movie to life. The story has some hard moments but the comedy brought to the movie by Dennison helps alleviate the harsh feelings. "
|70 33%||Merantau (2009) - Nov 25, 2018
"Merantau is a great action movie but it falters in the over-handed drama. This is the first Gareth Evans movie with martial artist Iko Uwais. The two are better know for The Raid but this movie is a good introduction to where these two started. The director did a good job of shooting the movie and showed us quite a few different locals in Indonesia while being predominantly in Jakarta. I am glad I was able to see so much. I wouldn't watch it again but it was fun once. "
|100 95%||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) - Nov 16, 2018
"Jim Broadbent comes into Hogwarts in this movie to take over herbology from Snape. He is hiding some vital information that will lead to Voldamort's demise but Dumbledore needs to retrieve this information from him. This movie become much more of an action movie towards the end as the gang needs to race to get the horcruxes before Voldamort himself can get them. This movie shows the demise of Dumbledore at the hands of Snape which isn't completely surprising but the surrounding reason is."
|100 95%||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) - Nov 16, 2018
"The Order of the Phoenix is one of my favorite movies in the series. This movie introduces Dolores Umbridge, who I find more contemptible than Lord Voldemort himself. This movie also introduces Luna Lovegood who's character was a good addition to the tight cast of young characters that had grown stale over the last four movies. Helena Bonham Carter shows up for the first time in this movie and kills her cousin Sirius Black. This movie was packed with action and a great story. "