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  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    ★★★★½

    Revelatory.

    This film has commonalities with Swiss Army Man, but told with more imagination and color, as befits a story with a child at its center. It's touching - deeply sad at times - while still maintaining a hilarity throughout. I loved it.

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★

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

    "The Matrix" is one of those movies that I remember with nostalgia, which sometimes makes me doubt whether it was as solid as I recall. Particularly when I rewatch the sequels and cringe a bit at how off-the-rails those movies get when injected with franchising steroids.

    But when I sit down to rewatch the original, it all comes back to me. This movie is *solidly* entertaining, blending philosophy with action in a way that many recent action movies can't pull…

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  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Edge of Tomorrow

    ★★★★

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

    Overall, a modern sci-fi gem with one of Tom Cruise's best performances of his career.

    The first half is amazing fun and well-composed while still being thought-provoking. The second half starts to wear, even before we lose the central plot gimmick. We get hit over the head too often with the fact that Rita and Bill are getting attached and it causes the second act to drag.

    And I'm glad that the movie has a complete resolution and brings back…

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short

    ★★½

    The movie *wants* to be a dramatic and tragic critique of how the system failed everybody - but it's too self-conscious to do so and it goes for cheap and inconsistent fourth-wall antics, patronizing its viewers as assholes who will only pay attention when meta-humor is applied and celebrities are pulled in. That's aggravating.

    It all builds up to a horrifically non-self-aware preachy bit that oversimplifies the core problems of the financial system. Hand-waving everything away as "things would have…