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THE APARTMENT (1960)
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THE APARTMENT (1960)

A serious comedy about loneliness, infidelity, predatory men, workplace harassment, and attempted suicide? Sounds like the perfect Christmas movie for The Unenthusiastic Critic.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is making first contact with Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic, and asking the question: Is it about a space-age prophet, or just an intergalactic deadbeat dad?

Richard Gere and Louis Gossett Jr. in AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN
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AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN (1982)

This week we're discussing "Magical Negroes," and The Unenthusiastic Critic is eyeballin' Taylor Hackford's 1982 romantic military melodrama.

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in THE BIG SLEEP
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THE BIG SLEEP (1946)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is celebrating #Noirvember with Bogie & Bacall in Howard Hawks' adaptation of Raymond Chandler's classic detective story.

Chris Tucker and Ice Cube in FRIDAY (1995)
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FRIDAY (1995)

In honor of the great John Witherspoon's passing, we're f–ing up the rotation this week, as Nakea introduces Michael to a '90s comedy classic.

Kiefer Sutherland in THE LOST BOYS
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THE LOST BOYS (1987)

Sleep all day, party all night, never get old, never die. It's good to be the Unenthusiastic Critic.

Jennifer Connelly in PHENOMENA (1985)
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PHENOMENA (1985)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is bugging out, as our Halloween Movie Marathon continues with Dario Argento's weirdest movie.

Donald Sutherland and Sharon Williams in Don't Look Now
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DON'T LOOK NOW (1973)

Our horror marathon continues with Nicolas Roeg's masterpiece of grief, marital disintegration, and impending doom. (In other words, it's business as usual for The Unenthusiastic Critic.)

Emily Blunt in A QUIET PLACE
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A QUIET PLACE (2018)

It's quiet in here—a little TOO quiet—as The Unenthusiastic Critic continues her 2019 Horror Movie Marathon with John Krasinski's muffled monster movie.

Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff in BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
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FRANKENSTEIN (1931) & BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)

It's alive! The Unenthusiastic Critic's 2019 Halloween Movie Marathon gets underway with a classic creature double-feature from the golden age of the Universal movie monsters.

Andie MacDowell in sex, lies, and videotape
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SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE (1989)

We're recording our deepest, most intimate thoughts on Steven Soderbergh's seminal debut feature, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
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BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)

The fall's probably gonna kill us, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Newman and Redford's quintessential buddy western with The Unenthusiastic Critic's first viewing.

Armageddon
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ARMAGEDDON (1998)

It's the end of the world as we know it, and it can't come fast enough for The Unenthusiastic Critic, as she endures her first viewing of Michael Bay's disaster porn.

THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982)
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THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982)

It's the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational episode of The Unenthusiastic Critic yet.

Dudley Moore in ARTHUR (1981)
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ARTHUR (1981)

This week, The Unenthusiastic Critic is caught between the moon and New York City, as we sit down for Steve Gordon's dipsomaniacal comedy.

Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now (1979)
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APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is venturing into the heart of darkness for her first viewing of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, released 40 years ago this week.

Hopper, Fonda, and Nicholson in EASY RIDER (1969)
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EASY RIDER (1969)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is firing all of her guns at once at a counterculture classic.

Live and Let Die (1973)
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LIVE AND LET DIE (1973)

Last year, the Unenthusiastic Critic met Sean Connery's James Bond. Now, she's ready for Moore.

Albert Brooks in REAL LIFE (1979)
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REAL LIFE (1979)

We're celebrating the 40th anniversary of Albert Brooks' seminal, and absurdly prescient, comedy.

Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in POINT BREAK (1991)
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POINT BREAK (1991)

Surfing? Bank robbery? Homoerotic bromance? We've found a film The Unenthusiastic Critic can be enthusiastic about.

Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne in THE QUIET MAN
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THE QUIET MAN (1952)

For St. Patrick's Day, we're heading back to the Emerald Isle with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara for some John Ford paddywhackery.

Zelda Harris in CROOKLYN
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CROOKLYN (1994)

We're switching seats this week, and The Unenthusiastic Critic is picking the movie: Spike Lee's semi-autobiographic joint Crooklyn.

Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder in STIR CRAZY
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STIR CRAZY (1980)

That's right, we bad, we bad…and so, to be honest, is STIR CRAZY.

Sidney Poitier, Warren Oates, and Rod Steiger in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)
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IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)

They call him MISTER Tibbs: we're celebrating Black History Month with one of Sidney Poitier's greatest performances.

Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino, and Joe Pesci in GOODFELLAS
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GOODFELLAS (1990)

Damn it feels good to be a gangster, as The Unenthusiastic Critic enjoys her first viewing of Martin Scorsese's classic mob movie. Plus: Oscar talk!

Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter in BROADCAST NEWS (1987)
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BROADCAST NEWS (1987)

This week we're discussing all the news that's fit to podcast (and some that isn't).

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
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SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is an avowed hater of musicals, but can even her cold heart resist the infectious charms of the most beloved musical of all time?

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THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1972)

For New Year's Eve, we're rockin' the boat with Master of Disaster Irwin Allen and a star-studded, ultimately disposable cast.

gremlins
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GREMLINS (1984)

In which we learn the true meaning of Christmas (and never to feed The Unenthusiastic Critic after midnight).

BRAZIL
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BRAZIL (1985)

In this holiday season, we're all in it together…except for The Unenthusiastic Critic.

Bruce Willis in DIE HARD
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DIE HARD (1988)

It's the holiday season, so we're holding The Unenthusiastic Critic hostage for her first viewing of the Christmas-adjacent action classic Die Hard

Stripes
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STRIPES (1981)

I didn't talk the Unenthusiastic Critic into this: she needed this.

EVIL DEAD 2 (1987)
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EVIL DEAD 2 (1987)

The Unenthusiastic Critic's 2018 Horror Movie Marathon turns to Ash.

Garance Marillier in RAW (2016)
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RAW (2016)

Finger-food is served as The Unenthusiastic Critic's Horror Movie Marathon continues.

THE INNOCENTS (1961)
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THE INNOCENTS (1961)

This week, we're giving The Unenthusiastic Critic's Halloween Movie Marathon another turn of the screw.

suspiria
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SUSPIRIA (1977)

This week, we're beginning our 2018 Halloween Movie Marathon, and The Unenthusiastic Critic is seeing red.

Watership Down
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WATERSHIP DOWN (1978)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is having a bad hare day.

grease
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GREASE (1978)

With summer days drifting away, we're hopelessly devoting this episode to a campy cultural touchstone.

there will be blood
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THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007)

We're drilling down on our first viewing of Paul Thomas Anderson's celebrated American epic.

manchurian candidate
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THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

Remember the good old days, when the idea of a Russian-controlled U.S. president was still the stuff of fiction?

midnight run
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MIDNIGHT RUN (1988)

This week we're celebrating the 30th anniversary of Martin Brest's classic buddy-comedy. I'll get donuts.

a fish called wanda
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A FISH CALLED WANDA (1988)

The Unenthusiastic Critic has never seen A Fish Called Wanda? Sorry, that's a chip up the nose.

terminator
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THE TERMINATOR (1984)

The Unenthusiastic Critic can't be reasoned with, she can't be bargained with, she doesn't feel pity or remorse, and she will not stop EVER…

Footloose
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FOOTLOOSE (1984)

The Unenthusiastic Critic needs a hero, and she doesn't find one in 1984's Footloose. 

Dog Day Afternoon
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DOG DAY AFTERNOON (1975)

Will The Unenthusiastic Critic appreciate Sidney Lumet's 1975 masterpiece? You can pretty much take that to the bank.

on golden pond
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ON GOLDEN POND (1981)

"It's like a Hallmark card with loons on it." The Unenthusiastic Critic is heading into summer with Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda.

RETURN OF THE JEDI
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RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983)

Fear leads to anger, and anger leads to hate, as The Unenthusiastic Critic searches her feelings about 1983's Return of the Jedi and the Star Wars films in general.

Dawn of the Dead
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DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978 & 2004)

It's a creature double-feature this week, as we devour George Romero's 1978 zombie classic and Zack Snyder's 2004 remake.

Mamma Mia
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MAMMA MIA! (2008)

In a winner-takes-it-all Mother's Day episode, Michael is taking a chance on Mamma Mia!, and Nakea couldn't escape if she wanted to.

Better Off Dead
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BETTER OFF DEAD (1985)

This week we're watching Savage Steve Holland's cult teen comedy, and The Unenthusiastic Critic wants her two dollars.

Amadeus
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AMADEUS (1984)

Rock us, Amadeus! On this week's podcast, we're composing ourselves for Milos Forman's Oscar-winning tale of music, madness, and murder.

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2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is opening the podcast doors for Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.

ROCKY
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ROCKY (1976) & ROCKY IV (1985)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is like Ivan Drago: whatever she hits, she destroys. This week, she's lacing up her gloves for a marquee matchup: 1976's Rocky and 1985's Rocky IV.

saving private ryan
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SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)

This week, we're hitting the beach for Steven Spielberg's homage to the Greatest Generation.

goldfinger
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GOLDFINGER (1964)

It seems The Unenthusiastic Critic may be the only woman alive that 007 can't seduce.

Avatar
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AVATAR (2009)

This week Nakea is opening Pandora's box, and sitting down for her first viewing of James Cameron's $3 billion blockbuster. Also: Oscars talk!

The Godfather
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THE GODFATHER (1972)

We're going to the mattresses—and hitting the vino—for Nakea's first viewing of Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar-winning classic.

black panther and shaft
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BLACK PANTHER (2018) & SHAFT (1971)

This week Nakea is picking the movies, as we discuss two cats who won't cop out when there's danger all about.

PRIDE & PREJUDICE (2005)
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PRIDE & PREJUDICE (2005)

It's Valentine's Day, and what woman could possibly resist Jane Austen's immortal romance? Well, maybe The Unenthusiastic Critic…

Top Gun (1986)
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TOP GUN (1986)

This week we're flying into the danger zone, and The Unenthusiastic Critic is setting her sights on Tony Scott's ode to American testosterone.

The Maltese Falcon
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THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)

The Unenthusiastic Critic goes in search of the stuff that dreams are made of, with her first viewing of John Huston's seminal film noir.

Dead Poets Society
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DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989)

On this week's podcast, Nakea is sucking all the marrow—and most of the fun—out of Peter Weir's Oscar-winning classic.

My Fair Lady
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MY FAIR LADY (1964)

By George, I don't think she gets it. The Unenthusiastic Critic, an avowed musical-hater, sits down for her first viewing of eight-time Oscar winner My Fair Lady.

Back to the Future
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BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)

Where we're going, we don't need roads. It's The Unenthusiastic Critic, now in podcast form! Listen to our pilot episode, as Nakea and I sit down for her first viewing of Back to the Future.

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AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957)

"'If you can paint, I can walk.' Well, he can't paint. And, by the way, that's not how science works, bitch!"

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THE WICKER MAN (1973)

"They're hanging umbilical cords on trees. This is where you get back on your plane and let these people do whatever the fuck they want to do."

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HALLOWEEN (1978)

"At least pick up something to hit somebody with! I mean, white people live there: there's gotta be a golf club somewhere!"

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GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) – Part Two

"Let's be real. You can't detach this nostalgia and romanticizing of this entire civilization from the fact that it was born on the back of chattel slavery. So to ignore this whole piece of the narrative, and create this idea that you are the oppressed people is just disgusting."

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GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) – Part One

"I'm not doing this. In the time it would take to watch this movie, the polar icecaps would be melting further, and we could all end up dying in a flood. And my last activity on this earth would be watching Gone with the Fucking Wind. And it would be your fault."

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BLADE RUNNER (1982)

"So I think I've always just put Blade Runner in that Waterworld, Thunderdome type of movie genre, where people are fighting wars over pee, or using pee as water, or whatever. I don't know."

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JU-ON: THE GRUDGE (2003)

"I don't need to investigate shit! Something ain't supposed to be there, I'm getting the fuck out! Peace!"

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RE-ANIMATOR (1985)

"Ohhhhhhhhhhh-kay. Oh, No. NO. OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHH I am out of here. I am done. No. NO. NO! Are you fucking kidding me?"

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THE HAUNTING (1963)

"I don't like this director. And I didn't like the remake. Therefore, I'm not really sure why we have to do this dance."

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THE EVIL DEAD (1981)

She: "That's the fakest ankle-stabbing I've seen in my entire life."
Me: "Just how many ankle-stabbings have you seen, exactly?"

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)

"Zombies aren't really the way to scare me anyway…On the other hand: white people with guns? That's scary."

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MAGIC MIKE (2012)

"Here's my problem with male stripping: I don't want your penis in my face. I don't want to worry about getting herpes of the eye. That is not a turn on."

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ALIENS (1986)

"Burke needs to die. Because he's an asshole. In a vest. This isn't Outward Bound: why's he wearing a fucking vest?"

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ALIEN (1979)

"Fuck that shit! Donate to PETA when you get home, but do NOT go back for the fucking cat."

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THE HELP (2011)

"It's going to make me want to vomit. And you know, I always leave these movies hating white people, so that's just going to be bad for you."

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IT (1990)

"DON'T TALK TO SEWER CLOWNS!"

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FREAKS (1932)

"I mean, that would require seriously expert surgical skills, and most of them had feet for hands. So…I don't think it's feasible. "

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THE THING (1982)

"Fuck this shit. I would just kill everybody, day one, and lock myself in a closet. 'Sorry, but somebody here is fucked up, and I know it's not me, so everybody gotta go.'"