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  • Dark City

    Dark City

    ★★★★½

    This is for the Director's Cut (the original I'd rate in the 3.5-4 range). The DC adds about 11 minutes of footage that helps flesh out areas that seemed chopped short in the original or that give a little more depth/life to the characters, as well as making Bumstead's change of mind over time a little more clear.

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  • The Wedding Date

    The Wedding Date

    ★★½

    When a movie runs this short (especially with end credits removed), you're left wondering what hit the cutting room floor as not useful to the final edit, especially in what pans out as a mostly generic movie.

    The gist: Embarrassed by getting dumped before her own wedding a few years back, Kat hires a male escort to accompany her as her date to her younger half-sister's wedding. The plot is pretty predictable, especially as the movie nears its ending (and…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★

    Whether the reverberations of Lucas' first trilogy here are viewed as a homage and bridge between the old and new or as a lack of imagination will depend on one's personal tastes and the long-term intentions of the creative staff.

    There is a LOT of "The Force Awakens" that echoed things we've seen before. Some of the settings seem awfully familiar even if given other names, and from a high-concept level there's not much of a plot (First Order AKA…

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★★½

    In some ways, "Civil War" scans as an Avengers movie, as it is mainly concerned with the team's future on the international level and has a huge roster of probably 13-14 heroes. (At some point, I lost count.) But somehow the Russos pull this off without really diluting the characters; everyone seems to get the amount of face time they deserve based on the dynamics of plot and relationship, and each is firmly established in terms of what they want,…