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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★½

    Perhaps ill-conceived expectations threw me off, as this rubbed me the wrong way a little bit from the start. The opening with Baby Groot dancing about looked more like a show reel for the animators to get used to "drawing" the character than the fun way to avoid a tedious fight that I assume is the intention.

    Watching this without getting on the right wavelength makes it easy to find flaws in the attempt to build on a surprise success…

  • Iron Man 2

    Iron Man 2

    ★½

    While the first movie was a bit boring and a disappointing reminder how uncharming I find Robert Downey Jr, this sequel is more aggressively bad. I could have sworn that this was written during a writers' strike, but the timelines don't really support that.

    To fit the direction of the franchise Tony Stark is even more obnoxious here, which would be fine if we weren't supposed to still be on his side against evil politicians and humanitarians. He is the…

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★½

    I don't understand how the Coens manage to make stories that appear cynically dark but infusing them with a warmth and humor. This story of a singer-songwriter with a romanticized self-image is a hilarious tribute to struggling artists and the way they can sabotage themselves. Llewyn Davis writes nonsensical lyrics as he hasn't lived anything to write about, since that would cramp his artistic style and not let him live. This type of warped self-image is standard for the Coens…

  • 3-Iron

    3-Iron

    ★★★★½

    The first time I watched this movie I enjoyed it but wasn't blown away. I think I was expecting something more surreal after loving Dream (Bi-mong). This time around I was struck by how similar those movies are, and I'm a bit surprised I didn't appreciate it more before.

    The gradual introduction to the protagonists' world says enough about the whole movie. You get an image of the male character looking for something that he doesn't have, and then you…