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  • Ronin

    Ronin

    ★★★½

    A silver case as the MacGuffin
    Robert De Niro as Ronin De Niro
    in a movie with some of my favorite car chases

    1990s S8s and 535s drifting through France with few explosions or supurfulous effects to get in the way

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    Rogue One handily delivered on just about every scene my 10-year-old mind could have imagined playing with Star Wars action figures in the mud and rocks of my backyard. Seeing gritty, ground-level shots of AT-AT Walkers, X-Wing boosters glowing red in the rain, and TIE Fighters flying near huge Star Destroyers flying near huger Death Star lasers lowering into huge AF Death Stars left me utterly contented.

    But…

    WTF is up with the uncanny valley throwback characters? Has Polar Express

  • Moana

    Moana

    ★★★★

    Probably my favorite recent Disney release. Damn—Q3 2016 really needed a feel-good animated musical.

    Bonus star for doof warrior coconuts

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    ★★★★½

    “Scotch on the rocks. And I mean ice!”

    Another one of Zemeckis’s best—similar to Back to the Future, every single element sets up a gag or a plot point to come. Such tidy and efficient storytelling make this screwball-noir well worth a rewatch.

  • Ernest & Celestine

    Ernest & Celestine

    ★★★★

    A clearer, more charming take on the learning-to-embrace-our-differences-and-accept-others storyline offered in Zootopia

  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    ★★★★★

    Back to the Future is the greatest time travel movie of all time—especially when paired with the Carl Sagan approved extended explanation offered in BTTF 2.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    ★★★

    As fun as it is to see Rowling’s magical world back, I don’t know what to make of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It oscillates between a slapstick, lighthearted tone as the cast of protagonists seek to round up magical critters and a darker intensity as the long game plot is revealed.

    This oscillation was distracting and left many of the key players underdeveloped by the end of Fantastic Beasts’ runtime. The one thing that was clear, however, was that this was a franchise builder. With five movies planned, it’ll be interesting to see if things pick up after this relatively slow start.

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★

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

  • ARQ

    ARQ

    ★★★★

    A nice little 88-minute sci-fi punch. It reminds me of Moon or Primer when I think about how much it achieves without heaps of sets and effects. It’s a little more straightforward than those movies, however, but that didn’t make it any less fun.

    I hope writer/director Tony Elliot (also a writer for Orphan Black) gets to do more like this.

    Watch it on Netflix

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★½

    rewatch: ultimate edition

    Ok. minus ½ star this time around. I don’t disagree with many common gripes: disorganized script, lack of focus, too many set pieces & plot points, etc.

    I like how Evan Puschak (Nerdwriter) frames it—BVS’s fundamental flaw is Snyder’s preoccupation with moments rather than scenes (+moving the story forward). In other words, beautiful, iconic moments are presented with little underneath to lend substance.

    Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns left quite an impression on me, so I’m probably…

  • X-Men: Apocalypse

    X-Men: Apocalypse

    ★★★½

    No amount of Marvel movie villain makeup can hide Oscar Issac’s charming grin. Seriously—look at this face. I wanted to give him a high-five and a hug. I think Issac is great, but it makes me appreciate how hard Lee Pace leaned into Ronin.

  • Sinners and Saints

    Sinners and Saints

    ★★★½

    via Todd Gaines’s review

    As far as low budget action movies go, I don’t think it’d be fair to expect half as much as Sinners and Saints brings to the table.