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  • Allied

    Allied

    ★★★

    The last few minutes are nothing but audience-pandering bullshit.

    Dear studios: contrary to the myth, we the people can take a little ambiguity, a little mystery in movies.

    Major objection aside, Allied follows the current Zemeckis (and Spielberg) trend of delivering effortless, yet impersonal filmmaking. Perhaps directors like them have reached a point where they're so proficient and experienced at their jobs that they act more like regular journeymen rather than creatively motivated artists.

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    ★★★

    Two quick notes:

    - Seeing this lose the VFX Oscar to The Jungle Book will be a bummer, and
    - Tilda Swinton's character deserves a solo movie.

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  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods

    ★★★★

    Tongue-in-cheek, it disembowels the conventions of the 'Evil Dead'-type of horror stories and, surprisingly, makes for a frightening self-reflexive indictment of the audiences' thirst for human blood onscreen - all masked as silly entertainment.

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★★

    Majestic, dead-serious epic about innate decency and innate treachery in intelligent species. There is not a hint of foolishness in the characters' interaction - they all survived devastating tragedies and still manage to go on, even if unable to be completely happy or carefree again. This is a summer blockbusters tinged with melancholy.

    A Roland Emmerich production this ain't.