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  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Oct, 2016

    I thought Into Darkness was a bit of a disappointment, so I wasn't looking forward to this at all. Glad I took the chance, though, because it's fantastic! It's over-the-top and relentless, but never feels like it's packing on the flash to make up for a lack of substance. The cast is more appealing than ever, with the losses of Nimoy and Yeltchin adding extra gravity when the story turns serious. It teases clichés and then avoids them. It's genuinely (very) funny when it tries to be. This is a great summer movie.

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Sep, 2016

    I don't think I liked this quite as much as I liked the 1st movie, but it's still surprisingly good. There's a bit less focus on April as a formidable part of the team, and the Casey Jones character is underwritten and awkward, but Bebop and Rocksteady are SO AWESOME that they mostly make up for those disappointments. Once again, the giant action set piece halfway through the movie is as good as it gets, and the obnoxious made-for-3D shots…

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  • Titanic

    Titanic 1997

    ★★★ Rewatched 12 Sep, 2015

    Having seen (and enjoyed) the Titanic exhibit in Vegas a few weeks ago, I wanted to revisit this movie. Time hasn't really helped it; the effects aren't as impressive as I remember and Jack and Rose are, if anything, even more ridiculous characters than I thought they were. But, for some reason, I liked it more tonight than I did in 1998. If someone tells me it's their favorite movie, I think I get it now. Maybe sometimes filmmaking isn't just about the writing. #shrug

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game 2014

    ★★½ Watched 11 Mar, 2015

    I think the distracting time-jumpy structure distracted the screenwriter most of all, because the characters here are all over the place. What's on the screen is actually pretty good, but it feels like a few scenes got cut accidentally and -- with three separate timelines going on -- no one noticed until it was too late. Pretty ballsy to start off with the central character demanding you pay close attention and then reward that attention with ... this movie.