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  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★½

    I have very mixed thoughts on this film. One one hand it's so similar to the original that I questioned its existence (besides profit), but on the other it feels like a pale imitation that didn't understand the directing choices of the original and what made that film work so well. It's kind of similar to this year's live action Full Metal Alchemist - all the core elements are there, but it was done much better in the original (or in Brotherhood in this example).

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

    The performances are surprisingly not bad, but the average screenplay combined with awful lighting and very unfocused directing made this a difficult watch.

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  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★½

    I'm sure his would be fun for kids, but all the Jurassic Park films are the same. The first one at least had a coherent theme; everything since then has been progressively worse simulacra.

  • Extinction

    Extinction

    ★½

    I was interested to see what Ben Young would do after Hounds of Love, but all key aspects which made that film good are completely missing here. It seems to me like, unlike Hounds of Love (which took years to develop and write), this project was put into production very quickly and didn't allow for the same level of care that went into that first film. This unfortunately comes off as another shitty made-for-the-paycheck Sci-Fi movie.