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  • Creed II

    Creed II

    ★★★

    Sacrifices almost all of Coogler's emotional intelligence and nuance for, well, a pretty generic ROCKY sequel with Adonis' arc one of masculine pride restored. In fact it's the Dragos who have the more succinct and novel underdog story (honestly I was sort of rooting for them, and anyway it's great to see Dolph in a dramatic role, no matter how small). The performances are so convincing that it's still relatively effective by the end but the last thing this movie should've been is merely acceptable.

  • The Gilligan Manifesto

    The Gilligan Manifesto

    ★★★

    You think this is crazy you should hear my rant about how "Ducktales" is a Randian socioeconomic nightmare.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    Reminds you of what this sort of thing can be with an actual director behind it instead of merely a gang of well-meaning producers. Johnson deploys a few basic narrative and visual tricks that haven't really popped up in a STAR WARS film before, along with his usual precise frames and tight technical craft, and a particular attention to emotional continuity. There's also a welcome preoccupation with collateral damage, both physical and psychic. One thing Johnson's films have never really…

  • Trainwreck

    Trainwreck

    ★★★

    I believe it was Howard Hawks who said "A good movie is a handful of reasonably funny scenes and like eight garbage improv-y momentum-killing ones, and a bunch of cameos, whatever, I don't know."