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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★★

    Met my huge expectations. Technically this movie's rating will also rely on the next chapter's quality, which I expect to live up to hype as well. I would never have thought the Russo Brothers would surpass Joss Whedon as my favorite MCU director, but, along with the Captain America sequels, they have continued to do masterful jobs with their films. Just the amount of characters and separate story lines they have to keep up with is mind-boggling, as is that…

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★★

    While Annihilation may be a little sloppier story-wise than the very contained Ex Machina, it's ability to take such huge chances and to just say "fuck it," and echo 2001: A Space Odyssey in those chances is just thrilling. It perhaps only succeeds 90% of the time, but what it's striving for is commendable, and I still can't believe a major studio backed this (for which Paramount should be commended for). Alex Garland has now written and directed two scifi classics with his first two movies (directed). To say I'm greatly looking forward to his future projects is an understatement.

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  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★★

    A great, great film. Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice is my pick for the best all-time performance by an actress, but I think now Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann in Autumn Sonata are my picks for the 2nd and 3rd best. Their performances are astounding. The Bergman films I've seen so far all pretty much have great female performances, but in Autumn Sonata (Ingrid) Bergman and Ullmann bring a level of talent and emotional realism to the performances that just…

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    ★★★

    A lesser effort from what I thought was his groundbreaking Sin City, the almost 10 years in between dulls Sin City 2's possible impact. Doesn't contain the better material of the original. Also not as visually interesting, though some shots still were able to stand out. Rodriguez doesn't use color as well as in the original. Bruce Willis' presence in the movie is a mistake, I think; it just feels too tacked on and doesn't match the tone of the…