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  • Hannie Caulder

    Hannie Caulder

    ★★½

    A pretty standard revenge flick with the gorgeous Raquel Welch as Hannie Caulder, a woman desperate to transform herself into a gunfighter so she can track down and kill the outlaws who murdered her husband and violently assaulted her. 

    This is a mostly enjoyable western and it’s short enough to avoid over staying its welcome. The main problem is that outside of lovely lovely Raquel, it doesn’t offer up anything particularly memorable despite a few brief hints of going somewhere potentially more interesting.

  • Xanadu

    Xanadu

    ★½

    Watched as part of the Every movie wide-released in the US during 1980 list.

    80. U.S. Release: August 8, 1980

    I have formulated a theory about movie musicals -- without good songs, the movie is nothing. Doesn't matter if it's the best movie ever made, if the songs aren't memorable, the movie will be forgotten. I mean, who today really remembers or gives two shits about Best Picture Oscar winner Chicago (2002)?

    So following that theory, if the movie is…

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  • Split

    Split

    ★★½

    After a series of duds, M. Night Shyamalan’s reputation as a director was so dead in Hollywood you almost needed a Sixth Sense to see it. His film career stank the place up like a month-old corpse.

    The whiff started with Lady In the Water (2006) and then developed into a foul stench with The Happening (2008). His work-for-hire movies that followed, The Last Airbender (2010) and After Earth (2013), confirmed that his name had become so toxic that the…

  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    ★★★

    Hacksaw Ridge is the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who joined the U.S. army in 1942 with every intention of doing his part to help in the fight against the Japanese. However, as a committed Christian and the 6th commandment 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' firmly in his mind, he refused to touch a rifle, wanting to serve solely as a battlefield medic.

    If Doss did even half of the heroic deeds depicted in this movie, it's truly amazing.…