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  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

    ★★★★

    This gets better every time I see it. It's every bit a Shane Black film, from its "everything goes wrong" sense of humor to its twisty-turny plot. But it also delivers big on the superhero action; scenes like the destruction of Tony's home and the sky-diving rescue are awesome.

    It has a hard time being more than just good fun though. A lot of this comes down to the villains. I've managed to get over the Mandarin (it helps if…

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters

    ★★★★

    You're stronger than the monster under your bed. You don’t need a magic talisman, you don’t need to call your priest, but maybe call your friends. All you need is the tools, and the talent, and you too can be a Ghostbuster, kicking supernatural butt with technology. It may exist, but it isn’t as strong as you.

    Oh, and this movie is also really funny. And good.

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

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

    Few movies have truly felt like massive events quite the way "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy managed. The series took previously "unfilmable" material and brought it to spectacular life. J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy story, once the domain of literary scholars and devout fanboys, was thrust into pop culture with a trilogy of movies that made their best effort to do justice to the material. The films redefined what could be a viable blockbuster and inspired a generation of future…

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★½

    "Logan" is about disappointment, grief, and finding new purpose in the bleakest of times. It's entirely committed to letting down its audience at every turn, taking away what we want in order to give us what we need. Any fleeting moments of uplifting joy are merely a set-up for things to take a far worse turn, and only at the end do we get a sense of closure and meaning. It's the kind of dark, heavy, depressing movie that would…