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  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    Would have been fine if there were no human "actors". If someone would put together a director's cut with just the giant monster scenes (I will approve the retention of scenes where humans are killed BY giant monsters), that director's cut will get 4 stars.

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★½

    Jumped right to the top of my list and is now my favorite superhero movie of all time. It's quite unlike other superhero movies and that's what I found so refreshing. It's so dark that there were times when I was saying out loud "this better have a happy ENDING!".

    Besides the uncommonly dark nature of this Marvel film, there are two things about Logan that set it far apart from the others to me. First, it is a compelling…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★

    I'm not a fan of musicals, but I appreciate the homage and also gained a little respect for them during Glee's heyday.

    The first half hour was sheer joy. Loads of fun watching Stone and Gosling sing and dance their way into a relationship, old-school Hollywood style. But the movie really dragged on in the middle for me, abandoning the "musical" in favor of standard chick-flick fare. The final segments return a little to the movie's original premise, thankfully.

    The…

  • French Connection II

    French Connection II

    ★½

    The French Connection is one of my all-time favorites, but I hadn't seen it in 15 years and watched it with my wife for the first time ever a few nights ago. It was as great as I remembered, and rather than feeling dated, it felt like a great period piece. A gritty snapshot of 1971 crime. I'd never seen the sequel so this seemed like the perfect time to watch it, the two of us all "pins and needles"…