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Recent Attractions (2012-19)

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January

Alpha
Beast
Upgrade
Io: Last on Earth
BlacKkKlansman
Glass
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau
Jodorowsky's Dune
Unlawful Killing
The Favourite
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Total Recall (1990)
Bird Box

2018

December

Mary Poppins Returns
Insignificance
Journey's End (2017)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Roma
Aquaman
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
The Christmas Chronicles
Leave No Trace
First Reformed
You Were Never Really Here
Only the Brave


November

Widows
This Sporting Life
The Dead Zone
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Bohemian Rhapsody
They Shall Not Grow Old
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Outlaw/King
Bad Times at the El Royale
They'll Love Me When I'm Dead
The Other Side of the Wind
Mandy


October

First Man
Suburbicon
Wind River
I, Tonya
Isle of Dogs
The Commuter
Train to Busan
Early Man
Halloween (2018)
Tully
Phantom Thread
Tomb Raider
Apostle
A Star is Born (2018)
A Fish Called Wanda
Venom

September

Hold the Dark
Sorcerer
The Witches (1990)
Crazy Rich Asians
Screamers
It Couldn't Happen Here
The Predator
The Equalizer 2
The Hitman's Bodyguard
Married to the Mob


August

Warlock
The Meg
Den of Thieves
Gringo
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Mission: Impossible - Fallout


July

Hotel Artemis
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983) (TV)
The Sign of Four (1983) (TV)
Incredibles 2
Sicario 2: Soldado
Braveheart

June 

Ocean's 8
Hereditary
Despicable Me 3
Robin Hood (2010)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

May

Solo: A Star Wars Story
Body of Lies
Deadpool 2
The Discovery
American Gangster
Avengers Assemble
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
The Monster Squad


April

Thor
Avengers: Infinity War
A Good Year
The Snowman
Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut)
Iron Man 2
The Florida Project
A Quiet Place
Jaws: The Revenge
The Incredible Hulk
Ready Player One
Jaws 3-D
Ben-Hur (2016)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

March

Jaws 2
Lady Bird
Jaws
Annihilation
Red Sparrow
Iron Man
Game Night
The Holcroft Covenant
Not Now, Comrade

February

Mute
Black Panther
The Shape of Water
Dreamscape
Mudbound
Colossal
The Big Sick
The Cloverfield Paradox
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Day the Earth Caught Fire

January

Matchstick Men
Good Time
The Post
Freejack
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Darkest Hour
Okja
Brawl in Cell Block 99
All the Money in the World
The Fog (1980)
Lady Macbeth
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
The Foreigner
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

2017

December

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Bright
Home Alone
Elf
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Jingle All the Way
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Scrooge (1970)
Santa Claus: The Movie
Transformers: The Last Knight
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Justice League
The Ward
Hulk

November

The Death of Stalin
Black Hawk Down
Dark Star
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Aftermath
Paddington 2
A Cure for Wellness
Star Trek
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Free Fire
Heathers

October

Thor: Ragnarok
The Lost City of Z
Fifty Shades Darker
Brainstorm
Star Trek: Nemesis
The Great Wall
Toni Erdmann
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Blade Runner 2049
Soldier


September

Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Elle
Hidden Figures
Some Kind of Wonderful
mother!
It
Christine
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze
The Running Man
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage
Nocturnal Animals
Star Trek: Insurrection
Detroit
Sing
American Made
War Dogs


August

In the Mouth of Madness
Kubo and the Two Strings
One More Time with Feeling
The Edge of Seventeen
Atomic Blonde
Star Trek: First Contact
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
Ice Age: Collision Course
Trolls
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Star Trek: Generations


July

Dunkirk (2017)
War of the Planet of the Apes
Don't Breathe
American Pastoral
Silence
Criminal Law
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Collateral Beauty
Fright Night Part 2
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Baby Driver


June

Vamp
The Company You Keep
Snowden
Blood Father
The Falcon and the Snowman
One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing
The Mummy (2017)
The Light Between Oceans
Moana
Sneakers
Wonder Woman
Fright Night (1985)
War Machine
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge
Big Trouble in Little China


May

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Lost Highway
Victor Frankenstein
Me Before You
Captain Fantastic
Gimme Danger
Supersonic
Alien: Covenant
Paterson
Forsaken
Central Intelligence
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
School for Scoundrels (1960)

April

Predators
Swiss Army Man
Rock the Kasbah
Alien vs. Predator: Requiem
AVP: Alien vs. Predator
Fast & Furious 8
Alien Resurrection
Get Out
Truth
Now You See Me 2
Alien 3
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Life (2017)


March

Beauty and the Beast (2017)
De Palma
Dial M for Murder
Criminal
By the Sea
The Huntsman: Winter's War
Hell or High Water
Moonlight
O.J.: Made in America
Kong: Skull Island
Full Metal Jacket
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Split
Logan
Jamaica Inn
Jane Got a Gun
All That Jazz
Fences
Manchester by the Sea
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore


February

John Wick: Chapter 2
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years
13th
Pete's Dragon (2016)
Nine Lives
The Angry Birds Movie
The LEGO Batman Movie
Lion
The Witch
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
T2 Trainspotting
Trainspotting
The BFG
Norma Rae
War on Everyone
Hacksaw Ridge


January

The Neon Demon
Money Monster
La La Land
The Invitation
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Assassin's Creed
Florence Foster Jenkins
Green Room
The Legend of Tarzan
Kung Fu Panda 3
Passengers
Monte Carlo or Bust

2016
December



Legend (1985)
Die Hard
Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Batman Returns
Alice Through the Looking Glass
They Live
The Conjuring 2
Sully
Spectral
Blade Runner
Allied
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Point Break (2015)

November



Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Wild at Heart
Arrival
Blue Velvet
The Accountant
The 5th Wave
Joy
Gods of Egypt
Doctor Strange
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
G.I. Jane

October



Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Z for Zachariah
A Hologram for the King
Love & Friendship
Son of Saul
Willow
In the Heart of the Sea
The Last Boy Scout
The Girl on the Train
Youth
Event Horizon
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Tale of Tales
Knight of Cups
The Girl with All the Gifts
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Seven Samurai

September



The Hidden
The Arrival
The Swimmer
A Fistful of Dynamite
High-Rise
Bone Tomahawk
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
The Divergent Series: Allegiant
Our Brand is Crisis (2015)
Dune
The Elephant Man
The Dressmaker
London Has Fallen
The Fifth Element

August



Sea of Love
Concussion
A Bigger Splash
Eraserhead
The Peanuts Movie
Goosebumps
Looker
Suicide Squad
Jason Bourne
Triple 9
Anomalisa
Finding Dory
Finding Nemo
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

July



Star Trek Beyond
Ghostbusters (2016)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Robocop 2
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
No Escape (2015)
Young Sherlock Holmes
The Last Witch Hunter
Suffragette
The Secret Life of Pets
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Life (2015)

June


Dick Tracy
Independence Day: Resurgence
Independence Day
Krull
Hook
Peter Pan (1953)
Peter Pan (2003)
Pan
The Nice Guys
Crimson Peak
Carol
Warcraft: The Beginning
Our Kind of Traitor

May



Strange Days
Piranha II: The Spawning
Rambo: First Blood Part II
First Blood
Aliens of the Deep
Expedition Bismarck
Ghosts of the Abyss
True Lies
The Abyss
The Long Kiss Goodnight
X-Men: Apocalypse
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
The Good Dinosaur
Last Action Hero
Hellzapoppin'
White Squall
Captain America: Civil War
The Wicker Man (1973)
The Wicker Man (2006)

April



Eye in the Sky
American Ultra
Hotel Transylvania 2
Hotel Transylvania
Aliens
The Jungle Book (2016)
The Lobster
Straight Outta Compton
Alien
Horror Express
Midnight Special
Tootsie
Ricki and the Flash
Missing
Minions
Poltergeist (2015)
Eddie the Eagle
Solace
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch, Reflecting on Existence
Zootropolis
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Run All Night
Cinderella (2015)
Gandhi
Contact
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

March


Predator 2
Predator
10 Cloverfield Lane
Someone to Watch Over Me
Mr. Holmes
The Hole (2009)
Macbeth (2015)
Piranha (1978) (2016 review)
Hail, Caesar!
San Andreas
While We're Young
Hollywood Boulevard
Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Jackie Brown
The Second Civil War
Deadpool
Room

February


Southpaw
Monsters: Dark Continent
Trapped Ashes
Zoolander 2
Zoolander
Coming Home
The Verdict (1982)
Communion
Spotlight
45 Years
Spy
Leviathan (1989)
Nomads
F for Fake
The Big Short
Exorcist II: The Heretic
Meet the Applegates
The Plague Dogs
The Hateful Eight
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Insidious: Chapter 3
Love is Strange
Watership Down

January


Creed
Force Majeure
Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)
Quick Change
The Hobbit - Extended Editions
Basquiat
The Revenant
12 Angry Men
Home
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
Amy
Slow West
The Gift (2015)

2015
December


The Jungle Book (1967)
Inside Out
Robin Hood (1973)
The Polar Express
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Bishop's Wife
Arthur Christmas
Steve Jobs
The Gunman
Selma
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Black Mass
Skyfall
Quantum of Solace
Bridge of Spies
It Follows
Penguins of Madagascar
Casino Royale (2006)

November


Citizen X 
Child 44
Survivor
Die Another Day
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
A Most Violent Year
Foxcatcher 
The World is Not Enough
Tomorrow Never Dies
The Walk
Wild
Unbroken
Army of Darkness
Evil Dead II
The Evil Dead (1981)

October



Spectre
Sicario
Kill the Messenger
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Lost River
The Gambler (2014)
Goldeneye
Sliver
Black Sea
The Judge
Highlander II: The Quickening
The Martian

September



Midnight Run
Legend (2015)
The Krays
Where's That Fire?
Blackhat
12:01
The Age of Adaline
Citizenfour
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Inherent Vice
The Russia House
Sole Survivor (1970)
Millennium
Chappie
Taken 3
Slipstream
Point Break
Sky Riders
The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Fifty Shades of Grey
The Early Bird

August



Nothing But the Night

The Black Windmill
Exodus: Gods and Kings
The Voices
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Jupiter Ascending
Big Eyes
Still Alice
The 'Burbs
Fantastic Four (2015)
Big Hero 6
Who Killed Captain Alex?
Mortdecai
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

July




Ant-Man

Ex Machina
Predestination
Leviathan
Batman (1989)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Burying the Ex
The Homesman
Boyhood
Terminator Genisys
Terminator Salvation

June




Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The Terminator
Automata
The Drop
The Babadook
Into the Woods
Jurassic World
What We Do in the Shadows
The Skeleton Twins
WarGames
The Duke of Burgundy
The Giver

May




Tomorrowland: A World Beyond

The Maze Runner
Two Days, One Night
The Duellists
Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Enemy
St. Vincent
Mad Max: Fury Road
Maps to the Stars
Spooks: The Greater Good
Hannibal
Gladiator
Jurassic Park III
Good Kill
Magic in the Moonlight
Dracula Untold
Dead of Night

April



Chef

The Boxtrolls
Before I Go to Sleep
Fruitvale Station
The Last Wave
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Furious 7
Mr. Turner
Blue Ruin
The Next Man
The Last Starfighter
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Sin City
The Rewrite

March




The Secret of NIMH

Cold in July
The Rover
Licence to Kill
3 Days to Kill
Draft Day
Focus
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
1492: Conquest of Paradise
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Man of Tai Chi
The Fault in Our Stars
American Sniper
300: Rise of an Empire
The Expendables 3

February




John Wick

How to Train Your Dragon 2
Haunter
Black Rain
Deliver Us from Evil
Sex Tape
Hercules
Flight of the Navigator
Frank
Whiplash
A New York Winter's Tale
A Most Wanted Man
Kingsman: The Secret Service

January




Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Starred Up
Jersey Boys
Mad Max 2
The Theory of Everything
Mad Max
The Guest
Million Dollar Arm
Eureka

2014
December


Dean Spanley

22 Jump Street
It's a Wonderful Life
Paddington
Heaven is for Real
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Earth to Echo
You Must Be Joking!
'71
Begin Again
Bad Neighbours (aka Neighbors)
Only Lovers Left Alive

November




The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The Imitation Game
Vampire Academy
Extraterrestre
Interstellar
Space Station 76
Last Vegas
Nightcrawler
Maleficent
Joe
Small Soldiers
Wake in Fright
Stretch
The Ballad of Tam Lin
No Blade of Grass

October



Fury

Sabotage
Grudge Match
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
Need for Speed
The Two Faces of January
Gone Girl
Rio 2
Pompeii 
Venus in Fur
The Equalizer
Divergent
Muppets Most Wanted

September




A Walk Among the Tombstones

The Rapture
Locke
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Capricorn One
Sitting Target
Dallas Buyers Club
The Lego Movie
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
47 Ronin (2013)
The Way Way Back
Ride Along
Lucy
Labor Day
Runner Runner

August




Calvary

Tracks
The Raid 2
The Double (2013)
Under the Skin
The Machine
Guardians of the Galaxy
Odd Thomas
Frozen
Snowpiercer
42
Stolen

July




The Zero Theorem

Out of the Furnace
Insidious: Chapter 2
Song of the Thin Man
The Harry Hill Movie
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Philomena
Fearless (1993)
August: Osage County
Tim's Vermeer
The Thin Man Goes Home
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Her

June




The Living Daylights

Promised Land
Oldboy (2013)
The Counselor
Homefront
Shadow of the Thin Man
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
The Heat
Edge of Tomorrow
Turbo
Warm Bodies
Robocop (1987)

May




Another Thin Man

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Short Term 12
Bubba Ho-Tep
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Miami Blues
About Time
The Croods
Godzilla (2014)
Blue Jasmine
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
We're the Millers
Only God Forgives
R.I.P.D.
Transcendence
The Dunwich Horror (1970)
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
The Conjuring

April




Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

The Family
Escape Plan
Lock Up
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Dom Hemingway
Noah
Saving Mr. Banks
The Running Man
After the Thin Man
Blue is the Warmest Colour
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall
John Dies at the End
Paranoia

March




Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Safety Not Guaranteed
Hummingbird
Non-Stop
The Thin Man
Short Circuit
White House Down
Prisoners
The Great Beauty
Filth
Blow Out

February

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November



Thor: The Dark World

Much Ado About Nothing
Rise of the Guardians
JFK: Director's Cut
Gravity
Ender's Game
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Crazy Heart
All the President's Men
D.O.A. (1988)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Highlander
The Howling 
D.O.A. (1950)

October




Winter Kills

Escape from Alcatraz
The Parallax View
Phase IV
Groundhog Day
Captain Phillips
Eagle Eye
Mud
Behind the Candelabra
Broken City
A View to a Kill
Bear Island
Repo Man
The Quiller Memorandum
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Barry Lyndon
Rush
Byzantium
Dead Man Down
After Earth
Fast and Furious 6
MacGruber

September




Riddick

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
The Mechanic
Blitz
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
Elysium
Congo
Westworld
First Knight
Rising Sun
The Amazing Mr. Blunden
Always
Gold
Final Analysis
Family Business
Beverly Hills Cop III
The Hoax
2 Guns
Death of a Scoundrel
Side by Side
Octopussy
Young Guns
Seven Days to Noon

August




Into the Night

Passion
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Robot & Frank
The Place Beyond the Pines
The Lone Ranger
Amazon Women on the Moon
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
The Wolverine
Pacific Rim
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Jack the Giant Slayer
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Welcome to the Punch

July




Cargo (2009)

The World's End
Stoker
Side Effects
Oz The Great and Powerful
Arbitrage
Matinee
Now You See Me
Innerspace
A Field in England
Explorers
Clue

June



World War Z

For Your Eyes Only
The Legend of Hell House
Man of Steel
Gambit (2012)
Bullet to the Head
Quartet (2012)
A Good Day to Die Hard
Wreck-It-Ralph
Flight
Gangster Squad
Cloud Atlas
Titanic
Zathura
The Last Stand
The Lake House
Face/Off

May




Chariots of Fire

Gulliver's Travels (2010)
Hamlet (1990)
Macbeth (1948)
Coriolanus
Paycheck
In Dreams
10 Rillington Place
The Omen (2006)
Django Unchained
Premium Rush
The Hunt
A Perfect Murder
Murder on the Orient Express
Les Miserables
Meet Dave
Robin and Marian
Star Trek Into Darkness
Godzilla (1998)
The Golden Child
Wild Hogs
The Whistle Blower
Moonraker
Trance
Iron Man Three
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls

April




Seven Psychopaths

King Kong (1976)
Avatar
Air Force One
Rounders
Olympus Has Fallen
Jurassic Park
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Beverly Hills Cop II
The Addams Family
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Unbreakable
300
Executive Decision
The Scorpion King
The Mummy Returns
The African Queen
Muppet Treasure Island
Scary Movie 4
Oblivion
Cold Creek Manor
One of Our Aircraft is Missing
Thirteen Days
In Which We Serve
The League of Gentlemen
Invaders from Mars (1953)
The Mummy (1999)
The Constant Gardener
The Interpreter
Out of Africa
Breaking and Entering
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
White Mischief
Red Dragon
Bird on a Wire
An American in Paris
Kill List
127 Hours
Saturn 3
Killer Elite (2011)

March




Argo

The Master
Amour
A Beautiful Mind
The Year of Living Dangerously
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
On the Town
Skyline
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Air America
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Green for Danger
The Prince and the Showgirl
The Spy Who Loved Me
Van Helsing
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Julie and Julia
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
Miss Potter
Tristan + Isolde (2006)
The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
Striking Distance
The Big Steal
Heist
City of Ember
Fifty Dead Men Walking
The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Princess and the Frog
(Dr Seuss') Horton Hears a Who
Inland Empire
The Electric Horseman
Bug
Race to Witch Mountain
The Bucket List
Untraceable
Couples Retreat
2 Fast 2 Furious
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Killing Them Softly
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

Earlier Highlights



Zardoz
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty
Ghost
The Man with the Golden Gun
Silkwood
Unforgiven
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Live and Let Die
Presumed Innocent
Walkabout
Picnic at Hanging Rock: Director's Cut
Life of Pi
Diamonds are Forever
Three Days of the Condor
Jack Reacher
Hudson Hawk
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
The Last Mimzy

2012




The Man in the White Suit

You Only Live Twice
Thunderball
Goldfinger
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
From Russia with Love
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Dr. No
End of Watch
Cosmopolis
Skyfall
Silver Linings Playbook
Looper
The Man Who Would Be King
Altered States
Silent Running
Dirty Harry
The Shining
Total Recall (2012)
The Bourne Legacy
Dressed to Kill (1980)
The Adventures of Gerard
The Dark Knight Rises
Lifeboat
The Amazing Spider-Man
A Clockwork Orange

To Catch a Thief
Notorious
Lolita (1962)
Spartacus
Spellbound
Rebecca
Wrong is Right aka The Man With the Deadly Lens
Prometheus
Dark Shadows
The President's Analyst

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The Blob (1988) (SPOILERS) The 1980s effects-laden remake of a ’50s B-movie that couldn’t. That is, couldn’t persuade an audience to see it and couldn’t muster critical acclaim. The Fly was a hit. The Thing wasn’t, but its reputation has since soared. Like Invaders from Mars , no such fate awaited The Blob , despite effects that, in many respects, are comparable in quality to the John Carpenter classic – and are certainly indebted to Rob Bottin for bodily grue – and surehanded direction from Chuck Russell. I suspect the reason is simply this: it lacks that extra layer that would ensure longevity.

Are you telling me that I should take my daughter to a witch doctor?

The Exorcist (1973) (SPOILERS) Vast swathes have been written on The Exorcist , duly reflective of its cultural impact. In a significant respect, it’s the first blockbuster – forget Jaws – and also the first of a new kind of special-effects movie. It provoked controversy across all levels of the socio-political spectrum, for explicit content and religious content, both hailed and denounced for the same. William Friedkin, director of William Peter Blatty’s screenplay based on Blatty’s 1971 novel, would have us believe The Exorcist is “ a film about the mystery of faith ”, but it’s evidently much more – and less – than that. There’s a strong argument to be made that movies having the kind of seismic shock on the landscape this one did aren’t simply designed to provoke rumination (or exultation); they’re there to profoundly influence society, even if largely by osmosis, and when one looks at this picture’s architects, such an assessment only gains in credibility.

That, my lad, was a dragon.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) (SPOILERS) It’s alarming how quickly Peter Jackson sabotaged all the goodwill he amassed in the wake of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. A guy who started out directing deliciously deranged homemade horror movies ended up taking home the Oscar for a fantasy movie, of all genres. And then he blew it. He went from a filmmaker whose naysayers were the exception to one whose remaining cheerleaders are considered slightly maladjusted. The Desolation of Smaug recovers some of the territory Jackson has lost over the last decade, but he may be too far-gone to ever regain his crown. Perhaps in years to come The Lord of the Rings trilogy will be seen as an aberration in his filmography. There’s a cartoonishness to the gleeful, twisted anarchy on display in his earlierr work that may be more attuned to the less verimilitudinous aspects of King Kong and The Hobbit s. The exceptions are his female-centric character dramas, Heavenly Creat

Twenty dwarves took turns doing handstands on the carpet.

Bugsy (1991) (SPOILERS) Bugsy is very much a Warren Beatty vanity project (aren’t they all, even the ones that don’t seem that way on the surface?), to the extent of his playing a title character a decade and a half younger than him. As such, it makes sense that producer Warren’s choice of director wouldn’t be inclined to overshadow star Warren, but the effect is to end up with a movie that, for all its considerable merits (including a script from James Toback chock full of incident), never really feels quite focussed, that it’s destined to lead anywhere, even if we know where it’s going.

This risotto is shmackin’, dude.

Stranger Things Season 4: Part I (SPOILERS) I haven’t had cause, or the urge, to revisit earlier seasons of Stranger Things , but I’m fairly certain my (relatively) positive takes on the first two sequel seasons would adjust down somewhat if I did (a Soviet base under Hawkins? DUMB soft disclosure or not, it’s pretty dumb). In my Season Three review, I called the show “ Netflix’s best-packaged junk food. It knows not to outstay its welcome, doesn’t cause bloat and is disposable in mostly good ways ” I fairly certain the Duffer’s weren’t reading, but it’s as if they decided, as a rebuke, that bloat was the only way to go for Season Four. Hence episodes approaching (or exceeding) twice the standard length. So while the other points – that it wouldn’t stray from its cosy identity and seasons tend to merge in the memory – hold fast, you can feel the ambition of an expansive canvas faltering at the hurdle of Stranger Things ’ essential, curated, nostalgia-appeal inconsequentiality.

Haven’t you ever heard of the healing power of laughter?

Batman (1989) (SPOILERS) There’s Jaws , there’s Star Wars , and then there’s Batman in terms of defining the modern blockbuster. Jaws ’ success was so profound, it changed the way movies were made and marketed. Batman’s marketing was so profound, it changed the way tentpoles would be perceived: as cash cows. Disney tried to reproduce the effect the following year with Dick Tracy , to markedly less enthusiastic response. None of this places Batman in the company of Jaws as a classic movie sold well, far from it. It just so happened to hit the spot. As Tim Burton put it, it was “ more of a cultural phenomenon than a great movie ”. It’s difficult to disagree with his verdict that the finished product (for that is what it is) is “ mainly boring ”. Now, of course, the Burton bat has been usurped by the Nolan incarnation (and soon the Snyder). They have some things in common. Both take the character seriously and favour a sombre tone, which was much more of shock to the

Gizmo caca!

Gremlins (1984) I didn’t get to see Gremlins at the cinema. I wanted to, as I had worked myself into a state of great anticipation. There was a six-month gap between its (unseasonal) US release and arrival in the UK, so I had plenty of time to devour clips of cute Gizmo on Film ’84 (the only reason ever to catch Barry Norman was a tantalising glimpse of a much awaited movie, rather than his drab, colourless, reviews) and Gremlins trading cards that came with bubble gum attached (or was it the other way round?). But Gremlins ’ immediate fate for many an eager youngster in Britain was sealed when, after much deliberation, the BBFC granted it a 15 certificate. I had just turned 12, and at that time an attempt to sneak in to see it wouldn’t even have crossed my mind. I’d just have to wait for the video. I didn’t realise it then (because I didn’t know who he was as a filmmaker), but Joe Dante’s irrepressible anarchic wit would have a far stronger effect on me than the un