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  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★½

    There’s a few good things about this movie. Chris Pratt. The dinosaur visuals. Some thrilling action. That one upside down shot of the raptor climbing in the window was pretty great. 

    But everything else was...not great. So over the top, no subtlety in ANY aspect of it. Predictable action scenes. Ridiculous and unbelievable choices made by multiple characters. I can’t fault the actors much because I think most of the problems were script-level issues. But just really not a great movie. I liked the previous Jurassic World more than most,  but this one was a real clunker.

  • Ocean's Eight

    Ocean's Eight

    ★★

    Great performances! Really forgettable movie.

    The biggest crime I think is that it's part of a SUPER stylish franchise, and this entry captures very, very little of that style. The visual flourishes that make the original trilogy so special are attempted here, but never pulled off. At all.

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  • A Separation

    A Separation

    ★★★★★

    The plot here is so meticulously crafted but unfolds in such a seemingly effortless way, that the emotional impacts (which are many) really snuck up on me.

    There are many wonderful things about the movie, but the most wonderful is Sarina Farhadi's crushing performance as Termeh. She deserves whatever awards she got, and all of the ones she didn't.

  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★

    If there are any other film homages to William Carlos Williams out there, I bet this one's the best.