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Home Alone Review


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Back in 1990, Home Alone was a movie sensation. Believe it or not, it earned more than $285 million during its theatrical release, more than Monsters, Inc., Raiders of the Lost Ark, and The Incredibles.

While those films will surely endure, Home Alone has since turned into the butt of numerous jokes. (Literally: It's used as a fabulous gag in an episode of Kids in the Hall during with Scott Thompson is asked to watch a movie by his boss. His response: "Home Alone???" Turns out it's a porn tape starring Thompson.) Indeed, Home Alone is now the fallback film for anyone looking to pinpoint the decline of cinema as art.

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Deranged Review


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Norman Bates is back (well, his alter-ego, anyway) in this silly slasher flick from 1974, about an older man who's trying to keep his dead mother's body intact by harvesting the flesh of his lady friends. Inspired by the handiwork of Ed Gein (and interrupted frequently by a Reefer Madness-style narrator), Deranged isn't much of a movie, though it should entertain fans of high (and unintentional) camp.

Escape From Alcatraz Review


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Our man Clint got another peek at San Francisco as Frank Morris, the legendary criminal who is believed to have been one of only three men who, well, escaped from Alcatraz. While it's pretty low-budget, the movie is quite authentic and was filmed at the actual prison. Eastwood is dour and gruff, yet he's quite engaging as the unlikely hero. And while a few things have been obviously upped for drama's sake, the movie is still quite good on the whole, and definitely worth a look for any fan of history.
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