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  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★★

    Spider-Man: Homecoming is not my Spider-Man. That's not a criticism, but more of an inescapable observation. I had my Spider-Man; Sam Raimi's 2002 and 2004 blockbusters were perfect superhero movies, and I saw them when I was barely a teenager. This movie came out thirteen years later, for an entirely different teenage audience in an entirely different cultural climate. While I don't think it's as good as those original Raimi movies, mostly because it's a bit emotionally empty and lacks…

  • Battlefield Earth

    Battlefield Earth

    ½

    Possibly the worst movie I've ever seen.

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

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

    Few movies have truly felt like massive events quite the way "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy managed. The series took previously "unfilmable" material and brought it to spectacular life. J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy story, once the domain of literary scholars and devout fanboys, was thrust into pop culture with a trilogy of movies that made their best effort to do justice to the material. The films redefined what could be a viable blockbuster and inspired a generation of future…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★½

    The best and boldest of these since "The Winter Soldier". The most original and imaginative since "Guardians of Galaxy". And while time will tell, this may have more impact on the blockbuster landscape than any movie since "The Avengers". It's an instant masterpiece and it deserves all the success it is having.

    If Ryan Coogler was one to watch before, he has officially arrived. Keeping your artistic and political voice within the confines of the Marvel Studio is no easy…