Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990 USA)

Despite all the naysayers, this sequel has heart. They say it’s just a cold cash-in to exploit the success of the original. But when it comes to warming my chestnuts around Christmas time, I say this is nearly as much fun as Die Hard (1988). The airport is a familiar and charming setting for the film and the inclusion of setting the story during a blizzard is great. Director Renny Harlin does not reach the standards John McTiernan did in the first tale but he delivers enough mayhem to entertain. And the inclusion of Dennis Franz means comedy gold.
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THE SIXTH SENSE (1999 United States)

sixthOne of those rare horror stories that also works as a tear-jerker. A creepy plot that might make you sad. This combination is executed very impressively, with A Turn Of The Screw tragic feel to it that Henry James himself may have recognized. Linking children to the paranormal through loss is a strong method to emotionally engage the audience.
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