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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    I'm one of those superhero movie curmudgeons, in that I suffer from fatigue of this genre due to over-saturation. It's really hard for me to get excited about a new one, no matter what character. I can still enjoy them if they're well-made enough, but only occasionally do I get truly excited when I see a new one that I end up wanting to see again very soon. "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is that rare exception.

    This movie is so…

  • Blindspotting

    Blindspotting

    ★★★★★

    Holds up beautifully the second time. Revisiting it again at the end of the year, after seeing many other movies in 2018 that tackled many of the same subjects and themes, this one still stands out over the rest. The film effortlessly glides through a variety of different tones, from buddy comedy to thriller to serious look at race in America. It has a lot to say without offering easy answers or obvious statements.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★★

    Hard to say where it ranks. Definitely up there with the best, though. Is it THE best? Time (and a few more viewings) will tell. It is certainly the "busiest" of all SW films. Every character is either escaping, hiding, planning, fighting, wisecracking, sword-swinging, piloting, plotting, rescuing, screaming, shouting, training, being trained or... meditating. There is a lot going on in this 2.5 hour extravaganza and it's all fun. At times, it can be incredibly moving. One moment that could…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★★

    The closest thing you'll get to a spoiler here is that BB-8 sounds nothing like the Spheero toy. Still very cute, though. Okay, there. How's the movie?

    As a film critic at this time of year, I am watching tons of award screeners, many of which are incredibly depressing (even if they're great, they're mostly downers). Watching The Force Awakens yesterday, I felt like I was transported back to 1977, when moviegoers were finally treated to something incredibly fun and…