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  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 04 May, 2015

    I didn't have high hopes for this, but it was a lot more fun than I expected. The shark hasn't been jumped yet. Lots of plot mumbo-jumbo and too much CGI in the action scenes (good CGI, but still), but it's well-paced for a 140-minute movie and the character stuff is again top-notch. Surprisingly few easter eggs, though, and developments that push the Avengers franchise forward but not the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. Ant-Man, as the "official" Phase II finale, has some work to do IMO.

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Apr, 2015

    Except for the mind-numbingly spectacle-heavy climax (that tower must be as tall as the Furious 6 runway was long!) and the general difficulty I had telling one ape from another, this was a really fun watch. Some nice post-apocalyptic ideas/images, mostly impressive CGI (which impressiveness only makes the fake-looking parts look that much more fake, sadly), and satisfying plot progression -- at least until we learn that Kirk Acevedo isn't the only moron in the human camp. It's not as good as Rise, and it's not as good as it might have been had the ending not already been written, but I enjoyed it.

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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.