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  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    ★★★★

    Tom Cruise boldly enters the second era of the Mission Impossible franchise with bold action sequences led by his death defying stunts.

    Benji really turns up the comedy in this one.

    Insanely watchable.

  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    ★★★★

    Incredible action film with Tom Cruise sprinting and motorcycling his way into our hearts.

    The one weak point for me is the heist underwater because it is very CGI. However, Ethan Hunt flatlining only to ensue on a car and motorcycle chase while he is still coming to consciousness is worth that alone.

    The end sequence through the foggy back streets of London is thrilling.

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★

    “Ant-Man and the Wasp” makes the MCU to lighter, weirder, and is a breezy follow up to Infinity War.

    Again, Scott has to balance his responsibility for his daughter while being a hero.

    The multiple villains didn’t feel too cluttered, and they had motivations I could identify with.

    Overall, it’s a lot of fun while injecting weird things like a giant ant playing drums into a summer blockbuster that people will barely bat an eye at. Comic book strangeness is seeping into the culture and people are eating it up.

  • The Perfect Storm

    The Perfect Storm

    ★★★

    “The Perfect It’s a sad story about blue-collar men who have an incredibly hard job. The characters never made any idiotic choices, they just got unlucky.

    The romance didn’t work at all.

    They should have fixed the ice machine.

  • The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski

    ★★★★★

    This film is brilliant because the characters are incredibly developed. Even the smallest characters like The Dude’s dancing landlord to the Sheriff of Malibu are iconic.

  • Baywatch

    Baywatch

    ★★★

    A ton of fun, but about 30 minutes too long.

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Never bring the dinosaurs away from the island! On top of that, this film makes the same mistake as the last movie by making a dinosaur a bad guy.

    The last sequence of the movie turns full horror film and has a reveal so eye-rollingly bad that the film never bothers to expand on it.

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    ★★★★★

    Flawless execution. Every character has a satisfying arc and the effects are still amazing after all these years.

  • Damsel

    Damsel

    ★★

    "Damsel" is quite enjoyable until the film comes to a screeching halt halfway through and never regains its footing.

    Robert Pattinson is absolutely charming and Mia Wasikowska is fierce as hell.

    But man, the second half is a slog. It casts a shadow over the whole movie.

  • Wonder Wheel

    Wonder Wheel

    ★★★

    “Wonder Wheel” is more play than movie. The performances are stunning.

    The true standout is the cinematography with its rich saturated colors and elegant lighting which makes for an enjoyable watch.

  • Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity

    Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity

    ★★★

    Well done throughout. I enjoyed the live skits and appreciate the effort.

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

    Yikes. I’ve never been so unsettled. “Hereditary” is a master craft in tone.

    I won’t be watching again anytime soon.