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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    ★★★½

    There's no denying that this movie is a massive mess of a film. But dang it if there aren't just so many interesting elements that are thrown in there.

    First off, Garfield and Stone have great chemistry, and were the only bearable part of the first installment of this franchise. If these characters found themselves into a screwball comedy I'd be on board in a heartbeat. They get saddled with some clunky dialogue, but they sell it well.

    Also Hans…

  • The White Ribbon

    The White Ribbon

    ★★★★½

    As the credits began to roll, I sat on my couch staring into the crisp black and white images contemplating, mulling over, my brain hurting quite a bit. Now a day later I sit here brain still hurting, but thoroughly loving and respecting this work of Haneke, a director that is certainly an enigma for me.

    As I was watching this film, the phrase that stayed at the forefront of my mind was 'The sins of the father shall not…

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  • Akira

    Akira

    ★★★

    No doubt this is a gorgeously animated and extremely influential film. I did find the characters and plot pretty lacking.

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★★½

    This one fits perfectly in my wheelhouse.

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  • ParaNorman

    ParaNorman

    ★★★★

    One of the best animated films of the last several years. The stop-motion work is stunning, and its fleshed out with fun characters and great story. Would love to spend more time with the ParaNorman gang.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★½

    I grew up watching the original trilogy on VHS tapes many times. I have a fondness for them, and until this week probably haven't seen them for ten years. I still really enjoy 'A New Hope', but overall I'm not highly nostalgic for this franchise.

    JJ Abrams does what he normally does well, beginning stories. Our new edition of the hero's journey has great vitality in its new crop of protagonists. Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) have great…