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The lead character’s Asperger syndrome is weaponized to drive the plot of a murder mystery in “The Night Clerk” (2020). I don’t know whether that’s progress because it normalizes the condition or whether that’s disgusting because it exploits the condition. Tye Sheridan works hard as the eponymous hotel employee, Helen Hunt is the protective mother and John Leguizamo is the detective who knows the socially awkward clerk knows a secret. They and other characters are irritatingly conflicted and the ending leaves many unanswered questions. So, if you ask me how it was, I’d have to say that’s a complicated question.

It’s been 21 years since “Twister” (1996) came out and it is amazing how dated the special effects are. With all the computer-generated crap flying at the screen, it is like watching one of today’s bad 3-D movies. And I really liked this movie when it came out. It’s a big sloppy mess of a tornado-chasing action flick, with added bonuses of Helen Hunt in a tank top, Van Halen on the soundtrack and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a scenery-chewing supporting role. And I am a big fan of master storm hunter Bill Paxton (he doesn’t make a bad movie).

“As Good as It Gets” is not. This strange 1997 romantic comedy is very 1990s (code for excruciatingly chatty and somewhat depressing) and therefore doesn’t stand the test of time very well, despite Oscar-winning performances by Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt. Groans outweigh laughs. The theme: It’s not easy being someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder; it’s even harder when you are a total a-hole; that being said, if even obsessive-compulsive a-holes can be redeemed, then there is hope for all of us. Trivia: Lisa Edelstein and Peter Jacobson from “House” play “woman at table” and “man at table” in one scene.