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  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★½

    The visuals are impressive, the focus on a core group of characters is engaging and the conflict between humans and apes (and the conflict among both of these races) is intriguing to see play out. However, nothing in this movie stands out to compel me to recommend it to people. It's simply a fun, summer movie.

    A side note on the music - the score is very unconventional towards the beginning of the movie. It then changes to standard orchestral Hollywood fare as the story progresses. It would have been bold and effective to hear that unconventional music continue.

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★

    While this movie lacks in a compelling narrative, it excels in stunning visuals and a unique structure. Three separate stories (for lack of a better word) are being told, and all three cover a different amount of time. The way these three are edited together makes the film engaging and forward moving. It is also rewarding to see the characters intersect with each other so we see something occur in different perspectives. The scenes in the air contain the most…

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★½

    -Fun action scenes, pretty exciting to see the war take to the beach like many World War II films of old.
    -Really neat to see a closer look at the Rebels. We have the more organized Rebellion with Mon Mothma and Senator Organa present. We also have the extremists who also oppose the Empire, but go about their opposition in a much more violent way.
    -Lots of nods to the original trilogy, which is to be expected. A little too…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★½

    This is a tale of two films for me. Nothing beats the opening scene, which gives us the mythology that was so present in 2012's Prometheus. It beautifully captures in depth thoughts about where we come from while also foreshadowing the capabilities of our antagonist through a power struggle of creator and creation. The beginning of the story that involves the Covenant's crew is also very effective in that it leans on the science aspect of science fiction. The technology…