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  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★★

    My first 5-star rating in three years.

    Clearly not a soulless corporate product disguised as a buffed up sitcom like the most recent offerings from that other studio specialized in comic-book adaptations. From the captivating character interaction and Gal Gadot's mastery of Diana down to the hummable score and Oscar-worthy costume design, the care each department was treated with comes through, even under the CGI mayhem of some (exhilarating) setpieces.

    It's one of the few superhero blockbusters that concerns itself…

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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.