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  • Jason Bourne

    Jason Bourne 2016

    ★★★ Added

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Matt Damon and the Bourne series' most celebrated director Paul Greengrass insisted for a long time that they'd need a compelling reason to return to the series. I guess Universal came up with several million compelling reasons, because there's no story justification for Jason Bourne (the film) to exist. This is a solid but entirely derivative re-tread(stone) of earlier chapters, devoid of the wit and inventiveness that series writer Tony Gilroy delivered every time. Greengrass and Damon famously fell out…

  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond 2016

    ★★★★ Added

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It's putting it mildly to say that I haven't been a fan of the Star Trek reboot to date, so apprehension abounded at the prospect of another entry, particularly after a number of plot points were revealed in the film's unfortunate marketing campaign. So blow me down with a tribble to find that Star Trek Beyond, while having a fair number of rebootiverse-related issues, is highly enjoyable even for a true believer like me.

    OK, so I found it odd…

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  • The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

    The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! 2012

    ★★★★½ Added

    IT'S CALLED THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS GODDAMMIT!!

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    Visually spectacular, but oddly unengaging. At times brilliant, at times painfully hamfisted, with a dying Earth premise that never quite rings true. The cast are great and the concepts weighty and fascinating, but too often it feels like parts were rushed to get to the bits Nolan was interested in (a bit bizarre in a 3-hour film). The 2001 references are likewise rather too on the nose. Admirable for it's scope and ambition, but lacking Nolan's normal skill in execution.