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  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★

    or... No Country for X-Men

    Even with the wave of positivity, I was still suprised at how involved I felt in this. I've never really cared for any of the previous X-Men films, partly because they all feel exactly the same and few, if any, have any legitimate stakes on the table, but not so in James Mangold's western-inflected, arguably cerebral rumination on aging. Jackman never fails to be compelling, even in the weakest entries in the series, but here…

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★

    Don't really see why everyone is going nuts over this one. It's a perfectly fine, goofy little B-movie, but it's all over the place. Nearly every time tension is built- which is fairly well done on a number of occasions- it's squashed by cutting over to overtly comedic scenes, which by themselves garner a few laughs, but which completely took me out of the primary story.

    It's well-acted- Kaluuya is a solid lead- and is overall an ambitious debut from…

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  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★★

    To its great credit, Silence may be the most complex and challenging film about faith I've ever seen, both brutally and wonderfully honest about the joys and frustrations of belief.

    It is absolute proof of just how utterly vacant, disingenous, and horribly dishonest this recent trend of schlocky evangelical films-- Miracles From Heaven, War Room, God's Not Dead, etc.-- has really been. This is how you make a film about faith.

    I'll be thinking about this one for a long time to come.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    ★★

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a right old mess, but where to begin? With Eddie Redmayne's dull-as-a-doornail, personality-less Newt Scamander, or with the blobs of CGI poo he keeps locked in his trunk? Perhaps with the fact that the two storylines in the film- the first with Newt collecting his beasts, and the second with emo-Ezra Miller and his mum's revival of The Crucible- have almost nothing to do with one another to the point where the…