Pete’s Dragon (2016)

David Lowery’s 2016 version of Pete’s Dragon adapts the 1977 musical and by and large maintains the spirit of the original. With a screenplay by Lowery and Toby Halbrooks and cinematography by Bojan Bazelli, this movie succeeds in crafting an environment of tenderness and compassion.

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Naked Lunch (1991)

David Cronenberg’s interpretation of William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch is the kind of transgressive and absurd thing it has to be. The 1991 film is kind of an adaptation of the 1959 book of the same name, with a screenplay by Cronenberg and Bill Strait. This is wild-ass, severed stuff. It’s weird, gloriously so.

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The Dead Zone (1983)

David Cronenberg tackles Stephen King with The Dead Zone, a conventional 1983 thriller that is not without deeper meaning. The screenplay Jeffrey Boam turns the 1979 novel of the same name into an episodic yarn and Michael Kamen’s pronounced but isolated score encapsulates the frosty environs.

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Shivers (1975)

David Cronenberg’s Shivers is a gloriously bizarre and haunting horror picture, one that really gets under the skin. Part fever dream and part snarky satire, this 1975 Canadian movie earned the attention of the government because of its federal arts funding. The hubbub over the subject matter blew over quickly, but there were some ripples […]

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Moana (2016)

Ron Clements and John Musker helm Moana, the 56th entry in the Disney animated feature pantheon (probably) and a vibrant showcase of what the House of Mouse does well. The story is one of those by-committee jobs, but there’s a beating heart within that takes popular filmmaking and classic folklore into account.

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Jack Frost (1997)

Given the catastrophic acid bath that has been 2016, it may be hard for some to get into the holiday spirit. 1997’s Jack Frost may be just the ticket, with its derision and weirdness and general disregard for Christmas cheer.

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The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

Tim Allen dons the red and white suit again for The Santa Clause 2, the 2002 sequel to the 1994 original. This outing is directed by Michael Lembeck from a busy by-committee screenplay. It is filled to the brim with stuff and often suffers under the burden of its multiple plots, especially when the movie […]

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The Santa Clause (1994)

John Pasquin directs The Santa Clause, a Christmas movie that from Disney that sits just on the edge of true curiosity. This 1994 film sprouted two sequels and plunked Tim Allen and his Home Improvement trappings in the driver’s seat, but it’s really more interesting to consider from an adult perspective.

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Fred Claus (2007)

Those with an aversion to schmaltz should steer well clear of Fred Claus, a 2007 Christmas movie so loaded with unstable sweetness it’s nearly unbearable. On the other hand, there’s somewhat of a remarkable quality to the David Dobkin comedy that suggests magic in the David Fogelman and Jessie Nelson screenplay and several surprises from […]

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Santa with Muscles (1996)

Directed by John Murlowski from a screenplay by Jonathan Bond, Fred Mata and Dorrie Krum Raymond, Santa with Muscles has the honour of landing in the bottom rated movies over at IMDb and is often found on many a “worst movies” list. That assessment seems a little excessive, especially considering the context of such a […]

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Ghostbusters (2016)

A jumbled but entertaining effort, the 2016 incarnation of Ghostbusters luckily has enough juice in the proton pack to overcome the overblown trappings of Paul Feig’s approach. The director also wrote the screenplay with Katie Dippold, who wrote Feig’s The Heat in 2013.

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Suicide Squad (2016)

A scrambled, desperate film, Suicide Squad is another entry in the DC extended universe and another advertisement for a franchise. Like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, this 2016 movie is a link in a longer chain. And like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad is pretty bad.

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The Jungle Book (2016)

Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book is a treat. The 2016 movie is another in what is becoming a long line of live-action remakes of Walt Disney classics, with this one based on the 1967 Wolfgang Reitherman animated film of the same name and on the eponymous Rudyard Kipling works.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

Back in 1990, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles introduced Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s characters in living, moving animatronics. In 1991, a sequel furthered the gambit with lesser results. 1993’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III fudges just about everything, with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop no longer responsible for the Turtles and director Stuart Gillard trying to […]

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