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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

There are a tons of awesome moments in this. The battle of Hogwarts was really well done. A ton of action makes up for very little in the first Deathly Hallows. Snape's story is heartbreaking. That final battle is intense and the ending we deserve between these two. Everyone gives a great performance. A great send off to a fantastic series. Now hopefully the Fantastic Beasts movies can start getting better.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

I wish they would of cut this down a little bit and made the second act not as long and boring. The third act is great but it just ends. Nothing really storywise to stop with. I get they are making two movies out of one book but this was too much movie for not enough plot. I know the next one is where everything happens. Still I loved Harry and Hermione dancing. The deathly hallows part was really well done.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I really dug the teenage drama in this one. Hermione being jealous of Ron is great. Hermione being jealous of Harry and his book was even better. The way Harry acts when lucky. Loves potions being used on the wrong person is funny. As is everything JIm Broadbent does, he was a great addition. While this was light at times it also has some of the darkest stuff at the end. The whole set piece with Harry and Dumbledore and then right into his death. It really brings the movie down at the end. When those two are together is when the move works best. Still I loved this one and it is one of my favorites.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I’ve seen this one the least because it was always skipped on abc family’s Harry Potter weekends. I can understand why because there really isn’t too much of a plot advance with Voldemort. Still that final duel is great. Dolores is infuriating and worse than Voldemort. The kids working together and learning spells is wonderful. A solid entry to the franchise and where everything starts to get real.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The tournament offers some great set pieces. The trio are getting older and dealing with teenage problems is fun. The return of Voldemort is a fantastic scene, Ralph Fiennes is perfect. The only bad things about this movie is the pacing, it drags at times, and Harry's hair.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

A darker and more mature turn for the series really makes this a whole lot better. Gary Oldman and David Thewlis are great additions. Michael Gambon's Dumbledore is better too. The story is great with a lot more magical toys to play with. It looks pretty good too.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

A little darker than the first but still very kid friendly. I remember the chamber of secrets part being much more scary as a kid. Still it is pretty intense for a kids movie. Kenneth Branagh is great and dobby is annoying.

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Juliet, Naked

An easy watch but nothing new or special. It's charming and fun. Ethan Hawke and Rose Byrne are great together.

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Overlord

A fun mix of war and horror. As if nazis wasn’t good enough, we get nazi zombies. Lots of creepy gory goodness. Wyatt Russell really reminds me of his dad.

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The Girl in the Spider's Web

Just a dull, boring and bland movie. Claire Foy is the only thing this movie has going for it.

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The Grinch

A decent remake of a Christmas classic but nothing special. Doesn’t have the same silliness as Jim Carrey’s. Benedict Cumberbatch does a good grinch voice. Not sure if this is going to become a yearly watch.

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Cool Hand Luke

Paul Newman is great. I really felt his pain when eating all those eggs. The movie is a little too long though, it dragged at times.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

A good start to the franchise. A little too kid friendly but I was 10 when this came out and I loved it. The score is great. Some of the effects don't look good and I never noticed that before. Still it's a lot of fun and brings back a lot of nostalgia for me.

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: 13x10 Mac Finds His Pride

That last scene was unexpected but fantastic. Probably the most artistic this show has ever been. I love how the show always does something different.

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Suspiria

The cinematography is great and dancing all looked fantastic. The score was amazing. The editing and sound design were great. It does a good job of creeping you out. A slow burn until the bat shit crazy third act. I need to see it again to even try and begin to understand what happened but I think I loved it.

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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

It’s nice to see Melissa McCarthy doing a serious role and really acting after some really bad movies. Her and Richard E. Grant had great chemistry. They are a lot of fun together. Those two make this worth watching. Otherwise the movie is pretty straightforward.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

The best part of this movie was the meta reference Mike Myers made and head banging to Bohemian Rhapsody. The music scenes are a lot of fun but this is just a generic biopic outside of that. It felt a little too long. I still feel like I know nothing about the other band members. Rami Malek was good but it doesn’t feel Oscar worthy.

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Mid90s

I loved the aesthetic of this movie. It's nostalgic by just looking at it. I thought the group of kids were a lot of fun together, especially Na-kel Smith. Katherine Waterston was great as the mom but Lucas Hedges felt miscast. I liked the music a lot. The skating video was great. Jonah Hill did a good job as a first time director and I'd be interested in seeing more of what he does in the future.

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Beautiful Boy

A devastating look at how addiction can not only ruin one person's life but also their family's too. The film can be really frustrating at times but that is what addiction is. Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell both give fantastic performances.

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12 Years a Slave

A powerful and brutal film. Steve McQueen must enjoy making everyone that watches his movies uncomfortable. The acting all around is fantastic, there were so many well known actors. Chiwetel Ejiofor was truly a standout. The cinematography was amazing. It really puts you up close and personal. That one whipping scene was shot beautifully even though it was showing something terrible.

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Hunger

Beautifully shot and very brutal. Can be very hard to watch at times. Michael Fassbender is fantastic. The 17 minute shot was amazing. I can't believe they got that in only 4 takes. Steve McQueen knocking it out of the park on his first movie.

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Cujo

The dog's acting is great. I thought the plot was going to be a lot bigger than one car but it was still intense.

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The Fog

I didn't really care for this one. I was just bored for most of this. It's not really that scary. The fog "monsters" were kind of a let down. I was comparing this in my mind to The Mist.

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They Live

An interesting idea for the story but I just wish this was a better movie.

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The Thing

Did we need a prequel to The Thing? No, and it is impossible to live up to the original. They used too much CGI. I really wish it would of been more practical effects.

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The Thing

The Thing is pretty much the most terrifying monster out there. The fact that it can be hiding in plain sight and than eat your head is crazy. The effects really are great and gross. Kurt Russell was fantastic and his bread was especially great.

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The Lost Boys

Not your typical vampire movie. A good mix of teenage drama and monsters. Feels very 80s.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

That sure was something. Not sure what actually happened but I did like the music.

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You're Next

A pretty entertaining slasher. Some goods kills and a badass chick. I liked the ending.

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Pet Sematary

Very creepy movie, especially the cats eyes. The acting wasn't great and the story is pretty mediocre but it was still worth a watch.

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