St. Vincent (2014)

A divine comedy where a curmudgeonly old man finds his saintliness by helping a young boy out that lives next door. I must say, this is Melissa McCarthy’s best movie. She plays a good mom and isn’t being terribly annoying or making fat jokes about herself. The movie starts off pretty racy but has moments so sweet you’ll tear up or even cry at. Bill Murray has a great performance and Naomi Watts plays an interesting woman of the night (I assume she works at night). Check this film out, it’s funny, sweet and just a really good film.

86/100

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Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

Someone went and broke the three rules again and now we have a sequel! Gremlins 2: The New Batch isn’t quite as dire as the first film, it’s pretty cheesy… but in a good way! I think there were a lot of laughs and general goofiness. They brought back 3 of the original characters (4 if you count cute little Gizmo) and added some actual personalities to the Gremlins. They even had a female Gremlin and one that could talk! I liked the first film a lot more, because it really did have some semi-scary parts and you could call it a horror film. This one is basically just a really zany spoof of the first film. Gizmo was a lot cooler in this film, using his Rambo persona and Phoebe Cates has beautiful hair but an ugly hat. Gremlins are the talk at the water cooler. They almost make you want to burst into a rendition of New York, New York. If you liked the first film, you will like this one too, just don’t plan on feeling scared, just smile at all the fun creatures this film creates. Excellent visual effects and I love that Gremlin’s theme music.

79/100

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Gremlins (1984)

Light bright! This film about a cute little ball of fur that spawns thousands of green goblins that terrorize a small town during Christmas is a very fun holiday film! Gizmo is probably one of the cutest things ever, and you feel bad for the little guy as his evil counterparts take control of the city. This film has a lot of laughs and a few scary-ish parts as well. Even though Gizmo is cute, I wouldn’t say this is a children’s film. Phoebe Cates is very adorable, Corey Feldman is super little in this (not as little as Gizmo, but quite small and young compared to Goonies even) and Zach Galligan was good, even though I don’t remember seeing him in anything other than this movie. Now I have two favorite Christmas films: Die Hard and Gremlins. Thank you Hollywood! Now it’s past midnight, time for a glass of water and a snack, yum yums!

85/100

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Field of Dreams (1989)

This wasn’t a home-run for me, but it also wasn’t a foul ball. I thought it was just okay. I’m not much of a baseball fan, so maybe that is why I wasn’t blown away with this film. I thought Costner did an okay job, but I think James Earl Jones did a much better job being a cantankerous old man. The movie has a strange fantasy element to it, hearing voices and ghosts of old players, it also has one of the most memorable lines “If you build it, he will come”. I wouldn’t mow down my cornfield for baseball, but some people would. If this person is you, watch this film you’ll love it. If you wish he would have made it into a rectangle and painted some yardage lines for a football game then you’ll be a tad disappointed.

70/100

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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

If the movie is a hit, you must watch it. Leslie Nielsen is the king of spoofs. This movie proves it. I love this film, it has a ton of good jokes. You might not like all of them, but some will have you in stitches. It’s pretty weird to see O.J. Simpson in a film, if you can get over how you feel about him and what he may or maybe didn’t do, he has a pretty funny character in this, although you feel bad about how beat up he gets. Ricardo Montalban is terrific as the bad guy (as he always is!). Priscilla Presley is stunning and pretty funny too. David Zucker knows how to make you laugh, if you like slapstick comedy and you haven’t seen this, grab a file from the Police Squad and enjoy quite a few laughs with the deadpan detective Frank Drebin.

82/100
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Life is Beautiful (1997)

This movie is beautiful. Roberto Benigni does a fantastic job of making a movie about the holocaust beautiful and funny, which aren’t the normal adjectives that you would use for the film’s subject matter. It was sad too, but he did a good job of making it more lighthearted than sad. Benigni was an adorable father, you just want to see him succeed and survive in the harsh world of Nazi territory. There are other WWII films that I enjoy more, but this one is quite pleasant to see. Check this one out, it’s really good.

88/100

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Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

Whoa, mama! This movie had me all shook up. This movie about Elvis and John F. Kennedy who are now living in a nursing home in East Texas and they have come across a unique foe, a Mummy. Yeah, this movie is as weird as it sounds. I watched this a long time ago and thought this movie was mostly a comedy, but now that I’ve watched this again, it’s quite a bit more serious than I remember. Sure, I did laugh a lot, but they do try to be serious here and there through the film. Bruce Campbell thrives in roles like this, campy and fun. It’s not perfect as a comedy or a sci-fi/horror, but is really fun. It’s no Evil Dead, but it is Bruce Campbell vs. the dead. Look into it, baby.

81/100

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