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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★

    A thoughtful, intellectual sci-fi film that offers more than just explosions, action heroes, and laser swords. Much appreciated.

  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond

    ★★★

    Not quite the actionified, rock-em sock-em Star Trek that I was expecting, and that's what saved it. Oh, that was still there, almost too much, but there were still some more quiet, thoughtful, and non-shakey-cam filled moments to save it from itself.

    Some of the writing is fun, some of it hacky as hell. They made an effort to pull back from Spock beating the shit out of the bad guy and screaming, but even despite that, the people making…

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  • Ninja III: The Domination

    Ninja III: The Domination

    ★★★½

    Sort of like mashing together The Exorcist, Poltergeist, Samurai Cop, any Sho Kosugi movie, Flashdance, and Tron.

    So, awesome, obviously.

  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★★½

    Even without having ever read the comic, I somehow feel that I can assure any fan that this is the best adaptation they will ever hope to see. The action is great, the conceit is superb, and it doesn't try to put on airs or be something it isn't. It's just a great action film, with some great characters.

    Removed a star because, let's face it, that helmet is just a tad too big for Urban's head. That or his…