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  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    ★★★★

    Refreshingly comic book-y in its storyline. There’s so much plot here – something is always being thrown at the viewer – but the movie trusts the audience to keep up. Even with hordes of massive action sequences, the film still takes time for some slow-paced character moments. James Spader’s Ultron is a delightful villain and Hawkeye actually makes himself useful.

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    ★★★½

    Prepare for an unprecedented amount of dino-carnage. Which moment was better? Starlord and his squadron of charming raptors? The pterodactyl rampage? The spectacular Mosasaur? Or the three-way dinosaur battle? The script has some minor issues and the Indominous Rex is perhaps overdone as a threat. There was a reason this was the popcorn event of the summer though.

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  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    ★★★★

    Every year, I endeavor to see a newly released horror movie, preferably in the theaters. Because, while Halloween is about revisiting old favorites, it should be about new discoveries too. Of course, I did see a new horror movie in the theater this season, “Dracula Untold.” But that barely counts. I had other options, like fucking “Ouija,” ugh. The horror movie I really wanted to see, though, was “The Babadook,” a new Australian film that had been getting rave reviews…

  • The Return of the Living Dead

    The Return of the Living Dead

    ★★★★

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

    While watching “Scream” this summer, I spent a lot of time thinking about post-modern horror. Naturally, Kevin Williamson didn’t do it first. Dan O’Bannon, a hugely successful and influential screenwriter that never got his due in his life time, beat him by a decade. Originally designed for director Tobe Hooper, O’Bannon injected the screenplay with his trademark inventiveness and quirky humor. “Return of the Living Dead” is textbook post-modern, referencing “Night of the Living Dead” explicitly. O’Bannon makes his intentions…