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  • The Wandering Earth

    The Wandering Earth

    ★★★

    I liked this more than the quality of the movie warranted.

  • Elf

    Elf

    ★★

    I'm disappointed. I've had so many people tell me how much they love this film (favorite Christmas movie, etc.), and yet it's ... just so-so. There are some very funny bits in it, but on the whole, it is only somewhat funny, while being somehow too predictable and too sappy. And finally, it doesn't do enough to develop the Elf character, leaving the ending unsatisfying.

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  • Samson and Delilah

    Samson and Delilah

    Saw this as a kid, in a double feature with "Shane". While Shane is clearly the better of the two, there are moments in this film that stand out in my memory. I had never seen a historical epic, and scenes depicting cultural practices (like the wedding scene) were fascinating to me. I was too young to pick up on the overacting and melodrama mentioned by other reviewers, but "big" scenes like the final scene in the arena were amazing…

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    ★★

    A strange ending to Sergio Leone's amours trilogy. The extended version doesn't seem to have done it any favors, the movie is too long , too slow, has too much repetition of shots, and has scenes that drag on. The music choices are an odd fit, and while the main theme is famous, it is overused and strangely executed in places. Much of the incidental music is too loud, has not aged well, and so does more to distract than…