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  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★½

    I was really hoping to like Beauty and the Beast, I thought the Jungle Book was really great, but the movie just comes away as soulless. I'm not sure if it was staying too close to the Disney animated film or what, but something was definitely missing. Dan Stevens brought nothing to his role, Emma Watson was good but not great, and their "romance" was never believable. Luke Evans was surprisingly the standout, at least until the weak ending where…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★★½

    I enjoyed it more than the first movie. I love how it's even more character focused, and up until the ending, I liked how the stakes seemed much lower than any of the other Marvel movies, until it decided to technically have the largest stakes so far. But the plot does take a second seat to the characters. THIS is what Joss Whedon promised of Avengers 2 and failed to deliver (I like to think due to studio interference and…

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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…