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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    Mission Impossible Fallout would hands down be the best action movie this century so far if 2018 hadn’t also brought us Paddington 2.

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★½

    Debra Granik’s films remind me of Mozart. You can take look at any piece composed by Mozart, and glancing at it, there’s hardly anything there on the page. Mozart was notorious for his sparsity of notes. Anybody like me who has a simple, rudimentary understanding of music can just stare at one of his pieces on the page, bewildered, not understanding how it could possibly work, but then you hear it played, and for some reason it just does. And that’s what it’s like watching Leave No Trace. I don’t why this works so well, on paper there isn’t much here, but just works.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    Tom Hardy torches a guy with a diesel powered flame throwing double guitar. If that isn't enough to convince you to see Mad Max: Fury Road, I don't know what else I can say.
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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★½

    Pretty much everything you see here is what you remember about the original Star Wars movies, except the stormtroopers actually manage to occasionally hit what they're aiming at.

    The practical effects look excellent and the cinematography is wonderful, there's some colorful new characters and there's a few plot developments I'm looking forward to seeing resolved in future installments, the only problem is the fact that it never seems to move beyond how cool it is that we're finally getting to…