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Created Dec 16, 2010 02:23AM PST • Updated Dec 16, 2010 02:23AM PST

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1st The Last House o...
1972 Good 3 Points
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Anyone who finds themselves a particular fan of horror and more so Wes Craven, will find this film quite good. But in saying that, there seems to be no other reason to give it a higher score as the overall atmosphere and story presented in this 1972 horror shocker, is one of those rare films where the actual plot and horrifying scenes make you not want to like it.

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1st From Dusk Till Dawn
1996 Pretty Bad 15 Points
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Almost the perfect mix between what one would expect from a B-horror movie and the generic crime thriller. Don’t let this underrated Robert Rodriquez shocker trick you, the first half hour or so of the film surround two robbers/killers in all their tyranny getting ready to lay their hands on major cash and a certain level of “sanctuary” in mexico. They try to take a campervan and end up with a family of three as their hostages. A cosy trip over the border and towards El Ray, brings them to a bar with the sophisticated title “titty twister” to make the big exchange…seems like a certain str…

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1st Signs
2002 Great 68 Points
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M. Night Shyamalan peaked with Signs. Wonderfully creepy and magnificently manipulative, it’s a self-consciously old-school scary movie. Even this non-horror fan enjoyed it.

Mel Gibson’s Muted Max performance anchors writer-director Shyamalan’s achingly heavy story. Leading a great cast that includes Shyamalan himself, Mel proves the value of a great star, especially in a film told as much through glances as dialog.

Signs will either give you nightmares or cure them, given how ultimately silly it is. Still, an exquisitely performed and consummately constructed scary movie is…

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1st Little Miss Suns...
2006 Perfect 71 Points
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A contemporary classic: bracing, funny and ultimately heartwarming. LMS mines the modern American family, in all its dysfunctional glory, for more than enough laughs to leaven a harshly judgmental movie. The result is something lovable, real and durable, not unlike most families.

This effects-free movie creates movie magic by combining a first-rate ensemble cast with first time writer Michael Arndt’s Academy Award winning screenplay.

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1st Scream
1996 Really Great 5 Points
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Simultaneously embracing and lampooning the conventions of the slasher genre while re-inventing the genre wheel in it’s infectious tone, “Scream” is one of horror maestro Wes Craven’s greatest films, comfortably ranking alongside the likes of his brilliant “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Cookie-cutter characters bite the dust as the more fleshed-out ones try to makes heads-or-tails of the unpleasant goings-on, and comedy ensues while traditional horror elements play out in the director’s loving, loveable slasher gem.

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1st Scream 2
1997 Good 5 Points
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Louder, flashier, funnier than the predecessor, loaded with more ambitious set-pieces and a more self-parodying tone than even the first “Scream.” What “Scream 2” lacks, however, is the same scare factor, and what it adds to the formula is a far-out final twist in the revelation of a villain who doesn’t appear until that point. A good slasher film that basically repeats the original movie to a more Hollywood-serving degree, “Scream 2” has solid performances and good enough production quality to make it worth watching. Still, when compared to “Scream” it feels more superficial and lightweight.

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1st A Nightmare On E...
1984 Perfect 25 Points
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Nancy (Lagenkamp) begins having horrible dreams. A burned man with knives for finger nails is out to kill her. These nightmares seem so real. The only cure seems to be to avoiding sleeping. After her friend, Tina (Wyss) is murdered she begins to fear these nightmares even more. The suspect for the crime is Tina’s boy friend, Rod Lane (Garcia). He was the only one in the room with her when she was killed but he insists that he is innocent. Nancy wants to believe him and is persuaded further when he tells her that there was someone else in the room and describes a nightmare he had been hav…

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1st Mrs. Doubtfire
1993 Really Great 6 Points
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What comes to mind when you hear women’s body suit and nude stockings? No, it’s not TO WONG FU…, it’s Robin Williams as the title character in MRS. DOUBTFIRE. Add in a British accent and a pair of bifocals and you can’t go wrong. This is classic Williams. One of the first kid-friendly tranny movies! No, Mrs. Doubtfire wasn’t having gender identity issues, Daniel Hillard (Williams) simply disguised himself as a woman an applied for a nanny position in order to see his kids more often, who live with his ex-wife, Miranda (Sally Field). Filled with hilarious memorable lines: "My first day…

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1st French Kiss
1995 None Yet Points
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1st Atonement
2007 Great 105 Points
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Hardly a chick flick, though focused predominantly on a doomed love affair and populated largely by talkative females, Atonement delivers its real wallop when it goes to war, offering a stunning battle scene not out of place in the first rank of war movies.

A legitimate Best Picture candidate, Atonement unrolls one dizzyingly great scene after another, all connected via a tragic romantic mystery that pops at the end like a literary Sixth Sense.

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1st American Gangster
2007 Really Great 123 Points
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Denzel and Crowe at the top of their games, combined with a compelling (if familiar), interesting and assured story make this an almost perfect gangster movie, just shy of the Godfathers and Goodfellas. It joins Eastern Promises – the other great gangster movie of 2007 – in near perfection.

American Gangster’s shortcoming is a lack of memorable supporting characters. There basically are none, though Josh Brolin’s bad lieutenant com…

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1st The Shawshank Re...
1994 Perfect 93 Points
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Ultimate male bonding, pungent dialogue, and charismatic performances make this a classic fairytale for grown men. Tim Robbins’ steely, understated banker-behind-bars buddies up with Morgan Freeman’s laconic, decent con to form a duo for the ages.

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1st Goodfellas
1990 Perfect 114 Points
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Is there a better crime movie? Other classics such as Godfather 2 equal Goodfellas, but none top it. If you like the genre and are not easily dismayed, this is the ne plus ultra.

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