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  • WALL·E

    WALL·E

    ★★★★★

    It’s amazing and beautiful and you already know that. But you may not have spotted the hidden gem on the DVD: a short documentary exploring Ben Burtt’s sound design for the film and the history of sound design at Disney. Utterly fascinating.

  • Ghost Stories

    Ghost Stories

    Not scary, not thrilling, and certainly nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is. The idea might’ve worked in a five minute short, but this is just a big pile of nothing.

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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    Me: 
    hmm, really not sure if breaking the tradition of a different director for each Mission: Impossible film is a great idea

    Me, 147 minutes later: 
    CHRISTOPHER MCQUARRIE TO DIRECT ALL FUTURE TOM CRUISE FILMS PLEASE AND THANK YOU

    An epic – and potentially untoppable – greatest hits of all the best action movies of the past ten or so years. A mostly successful blend of Dark Knight, Inception, Bourne and the Neeson/Reeves one-old-man-army films, plus unexpected bits of Little Whie Lies and The Return of the King thrown in for good measure.

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Some thoughts:
    — What an inconsequential mess. A dense quiche of a film. 
    — It could all be resolved if the characters just had a conversation, or maybe didn't make huge decisions based on a poorly printed fax.
    — You know those overstuffed and beige ensemble films like New Year's Eve and Valentines Day? It's basically one of those. 
    — Remember how much fun the first Captain America film was? Yeah, we're a long way from there now. Dour is…