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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★★

    A 2018 biopic titled “First Man” invites expectations of, if not a chest-thumping celebration of NASA and its success in landing men on the Moon, then at least a celebration of the life of Neil Armstrong, the titular man itself. The film is neither. It’s not a celebration at all. It’s an relentlessly interior dive into the emotional stultification of the sort of man that could conceivably draw a throughline between his grief over the death of his daughter and…

  • I Saw the Devil

    I Saw the Devil

    ★★★

    “I Saw the Devil” starts out as a well-executed, particularly gruesome revenge horror/thriller movie, with the sort of tropes and violence that come with that. When it turns to the “by the protagonist pursuing revenge, they are in fact becoming like the monster they are pursuing!” morality play in the second act, it feels a bit trite for all of how well-made it is (the lead two performances are particularly captivating, as is how the director deftly handles the kinetics…

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★★½

    This film should not exist.

    It is a three-hour relentlessly gloomy epic about a murderous, deranged Batman trying to kill a depressed Superman. It’s utterly bizarre the film exists in the form it came in. A $250 million US dollar budget went to a film about a pop culture figure, beloved by children worldwide, earnestly trying to murder the embodiment of “truth, justice, and the American way”. The film had tie-in toys, cereals, snacks, as if everything was normal, business…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★½

    “Avengers: Infinity War” is a strange film to really consider. More sequel to “Thor: Ragnorak” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” than its titular predecessors, it’s a significant juggling act of nearly all the principal characters Marvel Studios have built films around for the last ten years. The division of screentime for the glut of characters isn’t always intuitive - one of the five Guardians of the Galaxy getting vastly more screentime and dialogue than multiple of the titular…