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  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    ★½

    A bland, lifeless, dull, boring affair with a messier narrative than if you left 2 dozen toddlers in a room full of finger paints with no parents.

    The film spends way too long trying to explain characters and setup the backstory of each and every character that you're soon 45 minutes in and realize there's virtually no plot development whatsoever.

    And it's about 90 minutes into the film that you realize there really isn't a plot here. A "villain" is…

  • The Secret World of Arrietty

    The Secret World of Arrietty

    ★★★★★

    Possibly my new favorite Studio Ghibli film! A perfect blend of characters, atmosphere and narrative, The Secret World of Arrietty seems to have found the secret sauce that other films just could not.

    The atmosphere and world-building is top notch here, and everything is so detailed and wonderfully created there's a real sense of personal detail by the film's creators. How these small characters navigate, work, build and live day-to-day is incredibly intriguing, and as I'm sure many others have…

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  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★★★★½

    There's a right and wrong way to make a Deadpool movie, as this foul-languaged 4th-wall-breaking individual is quite different than many of his counterparts. But I feel like this film is the right way, and they've really nailed the feel of the character while maintaining plenty of humor.

    From the opening credits you quickly learn what kind of film you're in for, and it earns its R-rating immediately. But that's not to say it's extremely violent - this isn't Dredd.…

  • Badlands

    Badlands

    ★★★★★

    Good news! I have found a Malick film I enjoyed!

    I've been rather outspoken against Malick in the past, not necessarily with his films (or him as a person), just with the near-worshiping of him it seems some of his fans practice in. His recent films have been extremely pretentious to me. But Badlands is a different case.

    Being the first film Malick directed, Badlands exudes his wonderful style without sacrificing anything else. Indeed, unlike his recent works which I…