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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ½

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

    I wish that this film had a better name so I could make this joke. The Force Awakens would have worked for it. "Star Wars: Deus Ex Machina Awakens." Alas, I won't be able to force in that joke.

    Deus ex machina is defined as "an unexpected power or event saving a seemingly hopeless situation, especially as a contrived plot device in a play or novel." This plot device is as old as Ancient Greece, and it's worse than ever.…

  • Spider-Man

    Spider-Man

    ★★★★½

    I'm not a fan of modern superhero films. DC's universe is failing due to Zack Snyder and their insistence on rushing to catch up to Marvel. Marvel films have essentially become ads for future Marvel films. The best of the Marvel cinematic universe films are the ones that stand on their own.

    I recently binged Nolan's Batman trilogy, and those films were great. They showed a real dark side to the typically upbeat superhero movie genre and they did it…