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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★½

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

    Instead of going out to the movies this week, I opted to buy this on Blu-Ray and watch it twice, once with commentary. Part of that is a statement on the somewhat dull slate of movies currently occupying theaters, but it also speaks to how much I needed to sit and digest this movie. Unlike most Marvel movies, predictable as they may be, I had the disadvantage of going into this one pretty much knowing the shocking ending that I'm…

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    ★★★½

    Preview of Dissecting the Classics on 411mania...

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is not a great film, but it's a good one and an admiral adaptation of bizarre source material. Before Guardians of the Galaxy, before The Avengers, before Spider-Man or X-Men, this film took a franchise beloved by children and made it feel genuinely real to them. And while it is somewhat left in the dust by those movies, I think it deserves a tremendous amount of credit for these…

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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…

  • Hook

    Hook

    ★★★½

    Preview of this week's Dissecting the Classics on 411mania.com/movies...

    Hook is one of the lower quality Steven Spielberg movies. It's silly and uneven and definitely flawed. But it's also entertaining, ambitious and carries an emotional punch a movie this cheesy shouldn't be able to carry. And it's near and dear to my heart, one of those movies that I grew up on and will always enjoy watching. After all, it's a Peter Pan movie, and as long as I refuse to grow up entirely, a part of me will always love it.