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  • The Hitman's Bodyguard

    The Hitman's Bodyguard

    ★★★

    Spends far too much time on it's overly serious villain/plot, and unnecessarily long action sequences. Trim about half an hour out of this and you've got a decent comedy.

  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    ★★½

    Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are wonderful in this. Sadly the plot is quite predictable and the ending unsatisfying. This should have been about the two leading women getting together rather than being at odds. Lively's outfits are fire.

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  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ★★★★½

    Not sure why this isn't getting better reviews. This is a surprisingly accurate, though narratively streamlined, adaptation of the original animated film. The action is sparse but well done and the rest of the film is visually interesting and well acted across the board. The film even attempts to address the accusations of whitewashing by reflecting the film's seemingly corporate driven casting decisions onto the narrative, in a clever way. I really enjoyed this and it's easily better than anything that came out of the Stand Alone Complex and Arise iterations.

  • Superman Returns

    Superman Returns

    ★★★★½

    This is the best Superman movie to date. The writing, direction, and acting are on point. Brandon Routh, while being required to ape Christopher Reeves' Superman, still brings his own charm and humor to the role, and exhibits a pathos (not a grim/dark pathos like in Man of Steel) that feels genuine. While the film has less "action" than other Superman pictures, the action we do get is top notch; Superman saving the crashing plane and stopping the bank robbery…