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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★½

    Not knowing what to expect is a core principle to successful horror movies, but Get Out is different because I didn't know what to expect on multiple levels. While the narrative is full of those types of moments, the film's existence is entirely an unknown. Jordan Peele, the film's screenwriter and director, is new to the scene. You may know the name, from the Comedy Central hit show Key & Peele, where he does funny things with fellow funny man Keegan-Michael…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★½

    When John Wick came out in 2014, it made a splash. It was a surprise hit which relaunched the action career of Keanu Reeves, who had made a name for himself within the genre with such films as Point Break and The Matrix, yet had disappeared mostly from the genre landscape. It marked the directorial debut for longtime stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski, and proved that fresh air could be breathed into the genre once more. The film has since had…

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★½

    Everything we've seen to this point in either Batman or Superman movies is one simple fact: they're good superheroes. Anyone familiar with these characters knows their backstories, knows their accolades. With decades of content behind them, I think it is fair to say these are beloved good guys in print, television, and cinema. Each has had it's exemplary vehicle, though ask fans and I'm sure their favorites are not the same. For me, the Christopher Nolan Batman movies are my…

  • The Good Dinosaur

    The Good Dinosaur

    ★★★

    It seems rare to receive two Disney/Pixar films in the same calendar year. Since I can remember it has been my tradition to celebrate my June birthday with the release of the latest in the line of great Pixar films, but this year, we get an added treat of a fall, Holiday Pixar release, The Good Dinosaur. And while it could, and has been, argued that Pixar has declined with its recent releases, not releasing great work as consistently as…