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  • Live by Night

    Live by Night

    ★½

    Ben Affleck spent all the goodwill he has built up in recent years in pursuit of his boyhood dream of making a gangster movie, but ends up with what is essentially a very long episode of Boardwalk Empire without its class or quality.

  • Life

    Life

    ★★★½

    The ISS is no Nostromo, but Life had quite a lot going for it, surprisingly. Granted, my expectations were extremely low, particularly after a very poor trailer and hearing this movie was basically made so Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal could strike up a bromance.

    What was good about it? Well, in a nutshell: pretty good monster design, an ensemble cast that worked well and didn't break down into stereotypical categories (except maybe Reynolds as "the funny guy"), and a…

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  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Edge of Tomorrow

    ★★★★

    Groundhog Day: ♦♦♦♦♦
    Edge of Tomorrow: ♦♦♦♦
    Source Code: ♦♦♦

    The protagonists in all three of these films go through the five emotional stages of grief. Denial. This can't be real, it has to be some sort of elaborate hoax or a dream. Anger. OK, this is messed up, the same thing keeps happening over and over and no one believes me/why won't you tell me what is going on!? Bargaining. So if I be a good boy/do what you…

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

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

    Blade to Blade: the Director's Cut (1992) vs the Final Cut (2007)

    A brief discussion under Michael Audet's review of Blade Runner prompted me to revisit the Director's Cut in order to settle once and for all which version I like best.

    It's actually not going to be that big of a showdown, sorry to disappoint! Not because one comes out the clear winner, but because the differences are so small as to be almost negligible. Alright, on a technical…