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  • Hellboy

    Hellboy

    ★½

    Extra half-a-star for David Harbour.

    When you're rebooting a movie series, maybe don't look to The Amazing Spider-Man for inspiration.

    CGI Blood splatters never look good, and oh boy, does this movie have a lot of them.

    It's funny that this has three separate sequel hooks.

  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★★

    The Iron Man 2.0 stuff didn’t work for me at all (something just felt wrong about the “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man being able to call on a private jet to get him out of trouble), but Watts, whose direction I hadn’t been particularly impressed with, managing to make Mysterio work in live-action is commendable; the illusion sequence about two-thirds through left me genuinely stunned. This and Captain Marvel are also the first of these movies in a long time where Sam Jackson…

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  • Batman: The Killing Joke

    Batman: The Killing Joke

    ★★½

    It's unfortunate and honestly shocking how the addition of a 30 minute prologue focusing on Barbara Gordon detracts from the film and makes the story's treatment of her character even more problematic.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★★

    Wow, this was an illuminating rewatch; everything just slid into place, and my feelings have officially gone from "amazed but kind of confounded" to "love". 

    A strong contender for the best looking Star Wars (that silent scene is a thing of immaculate beauty), and the haunted man Luke Skywalker has become may be the pinnacle performance of Mark Hamill's career.

    Finally, this can't be stressed enough; Rian Johnson is the first director since Irvin Kershner to meaningfully expand upon Lucas' vision. This…