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  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    ★★★ Watched 05 Oct, 2015

    Pretty spectacular visuals, I guess, and a pretty great audition by Chris Pratt for an Indiana Jones reboot, but otherwise not a very good movie. A deus ex machina climax (foreshadowed, but still REALLY absurd) and then pretty much everyone gets away safely despite the deadly dinosaurs running loose all over the island. Weird un(der?)developed subplots for Judy Greer-Andy Buckley and Lauren Lapkus-Jake Johnson. And the chemistry between Pratt and Howard is pretty meh. Honestly, I think a good Director's Cut *could* make it work really well, but as it stands now it's your basic good-visuals/bad-story summer popcorn flick.

  • Tomorrowland

    Tomorrowland 2015

    ★★★ Watched 25 Sep, 2015

    Maybe I'm just too old, but this -- the movie I was most looking forward to from this summer's crop -- felt really simplistic and preachy to me. Okay, it's meant (primarily) for children, and that's the kind of tone children's movies take, but I'm used to Brad Bird's stuff working on different levels. Beyond tone, this is fun and gorgeous but a little too manic, leaping around from location to location without really letting anything set in; maybe there…

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  • Mission: Impossible II

    Mission: Impossible II 2000

    ★★ Watched 31 Dec, 2011

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Finally got around to the last M:I movie I hadn't seen. It was way better than I expected, but the ridiculous John Woo BS was actually worse than I thought. Way worse. Throw in the horrible overuse of the mask gimmick, and I think the bad surprises cancel out the good ones.

  • 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.