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  • The Night Comes for Us

    The Night Comes for Us

    ★★★★

    Every bit as mental as I had been led to believe. Let down a touch by somehow being both overly simple AND convoluted (and it could have lost 15 minutes), but its hard to deny the energy and sheer audacity, skill and excess on display.

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    ★★★½

    As a story in its own right its a total mess, but as an episode in a larger universe there are fun reveals and some great conceptual/world buildy stuff. But definitely not one for the casuals.

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  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond

    ★★★★

    Like all the Bad Robot Treks, it comes from the gut, not the heart or the head, and the aesthetic is somewhat un-ambitious, but Beyond is enjoyable in its unpretentious simplicity and delivers on the possibility offered by the 2009 film. In a lot of ways it feels a lot like a throwback to films like The Last Starfighter and (ironically) Galaxy Quest, and the problem solving chemistry  of the cast goes a long way. A moment about twenty minutes from the end may make some eyes roll, but I punched the air.

  • Kickboxer 2: The Road Back

    Kickboxer 2: The Road Back

    ★★★

    Sasha Mitchell lacks the weird charisma of JCVD, but KB 2 adheres so rigorously and unironically to the formula (whilst dialing up the crazy a notch) that its difficult not to enjoy.