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  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★★½

    First 30-45 minutes I thought was pretty good. I was excited to see where it was going. It was headed toward a 4/5... However, there is one very specific moment that changes our heroines dynamic, and the motivations behind a couple characters are inexplicably altered as well. Much of the rest of the film operates off these abrupt shifts in characters, and so it feels disconnected to some degree from the world/character building of the first part of the film.…

  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★

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

    A few sparse moments of goodness wasn’t quite enough to get me out of ‘meh’ territory. It’s pretty disappointing because I really liked both Unbreakable and Split, the latter especially after the final reveal and potential for a superhero trilogy. 

    Glass suffers from an extreme lack of nuance. It’s as though Shyamalan assumes nobody saw the first two, so he spends extra time focusing the camera on a specific item, or person. Then he does it again. Then again. Same…

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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…