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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★½

    Lots to like and the slower pace really works to amp up the finale. Way too much Hawkeye though, I know he’s one of the originals but I am checked out during every one of Renner’s scenes.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★½

    My least favorite of three.
    Leaves me cold like the first and the amount of agonized faces Elijah Wood has to make is cranked up to 11.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ½

    We finally have an answer to the most pressing question in the Star Wars universe.

    Is it possible to create a character more annoying than Jar Jar Binks?

    Yes. Her name is Rose.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★

    Even though the film is enjoyable, it is fairly depressing to me that this is what mainstream American movies/culture has become (or maybe it has always been like this?); a nostalgic, self-congratulatory trip down memory lane that plays it so safe that it feels as risky as knitting Christmas sweaters with grandma. Each time one of these tent-pole, big-hype blockbusters comes out I find myself overlooking the track record of previous ventures and inevitably go to the theater to watch…