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  • Extinction

    Extinction

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Recipe for "Extinction" (aka yet another mediocre Netflix-science fiction-effort): Add 1/3 of "Take Shelter", 1/3 of "Skyline" and 1/3 of "Westworld", and finish it all up with the ending monologue of "Terminator 2: Judgment Day". Do not stir. 


    It's not quite as bad as that may sound, though. Yeah, it's not very original, and the first hour can be a chore to sit through, since it's so painfully obvious that this is headed for some kind of twist (whose overall…

  • Love, Simon

    Love, Simon

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I'm looking forward to the day where at least some of the countless generic romantic comedies that Hollywood (and other markets) turn out every year just happen to be about gay couples, without making a big deal out of that fact. Unfortunately, this day is not today. Nevertheless, "Love, Simon" definitely is a step in the right direction. Yes, it's all about Simon being a closeted gay who's afraid to get outed, but at least when that finally happens –…

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  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★★

    "Logan" is a prime example of what the superhero genre is capable of if a movie dares to free itself from the restrictive constraints that usually come along with the genre. It's a grim, dark and hauntingly beautiful tale of a lone, beaten and broken wolf on a desperate mission with surprisingly (and pleasantly) downscaled odds. This time, Logan isn't out to save all of humanity, but rather gets one (final?) chance to retrieve his own. With superb performances by…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Of all the screenings that I went to at last years Viennale, “Whiplash” by far got the most cheers and applause. The audience seemed to be in a real frenzy afterwards. Me? I’m afraid I wasn’t quite as taken by it as many others were. It’s a good movie, but I also had some issues with it.

    My main problem with “Whiplash” definitely lies in its ending, and the message it entails. This is one of those movies where a…