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  • Samson

    Samson

    ★★

    Corny in a lot of the dialogue but I did sense an effort to bring in more bits of reality rather than just moralizing each and every moment. Production value was decent and at least half the acting was good. Script made sense but was pretty clunky.

  • Mary Poppins Returns

    Mary Poppins Returns

    ★★½

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

    At one point in this visual and musical circus there is a song titled “A Cover is not A Book”, wherein the lesson is mangled but clear; the important things are more than skin deep. If only this movie had learned that very lesson. 

    From the opening, drab number praising the London sky (because everyone loves smoke-filled, cloudy, rainy skies) to the horrendous portrayal of financial villainy, all the way to the shoehorned cameos and callbacks, this movie lacks any…

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    I was so completely mesmerized by this movie that I didn't even realize I had finished my popcorn until my hand reach for the bottom of the bag. Villenueve creates such intrigue with every aspect of this movie; the reveal, the language barrier breaking, the twist, the political and international disagreements, etc. Amy Adams most definitely deserves an Oscar nod for this performance.

    The most clear theme is that of the importance of language, but the thing which impressed me…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★½

    Took me a day or so to wrestle between a 4 or 4.5, the latter being a spot in the upper-echelon of superhero films. In the end any problems I had (which are very few) felt minuscule in light of the overall film. A satisfactory tone is finally reached with a DC film that fully embraces the darkness of reality, while also exalting the hope inherent in heroes like Wonder Woman or Superman. BvS, and to a lesser degree Man…