How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (Jim Carrey) who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town. (IMDb)
Giving the Grinch a backstory and making the Whos materialistic and snobby creates an interesting new dynamic but it means the mountaintop climax where the Grinch learns the meaning of Christmas misses the mark entirely: it was the Whos alone who needed redemption for their consumerism and fear-mongering; the Grinch just needed some love (and speaking of, the Cindy-Lou/Grinch relationship is a cute one). The film looks pretty bad, but Carrey’s wisecracking, slapstick schtick is fun as always.
6.5/10 (Alright)

 

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

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A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth. (IMDb)
You can see it coming from a mile away thanks to the douchey Derek, but the character arc for Susan is a nice one (“I’m not going to shortchange myself ever again!”), adding substance to the bare-bones plot, while appreciably not feeling the need to pair her off with someone else at the end. A great gaggle of quirky secondary characters, meanwhile, keep the chuckles coming quite consistently (Rogen’s dimwitted blob monster is a standout: “I think that jello gave me a fake phone number”).
7/10 (Good)

The Death of Stalin (2017)

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Follows the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death. (IMDb)
Quite an entertaining script: Takes the prim and proper genre of historical drama and the dark subject matter of dictators and deathly politics and injects it with some Monty Python-esque flair, as a charmingly accuracy-apathetic hodgepodge of accents and expletives craft one hilarious skit after another (see the Council’s bickering at board meetings, their game of telephone at the funeral, figuring out Stalin’s last gesture) which are all tied together in a solid political power games-plot.
8/10 (Great)