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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    ★★

    The film people were afraid Curse of the Black Pearl would be.

  • Moana

    Moana

    ★★½

    I don't know if it's because I just watched Coco, but Moana felt unengaging and boilerplate to me. The story never sank its emotional hooks in, the songs never really impressed (though 'You're Welcome' is a pretty ditty), and ultimately I'd hoped for a lot more.

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  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★½

    'You look ready.'

    This film is easily compared with The Raid, which has essentially the same setup, without the bells and whistles of futuristic drugs and sexy psychic Olivia Thirlby. The Raid, being a relatively low budget martial arts flick, impressed me more. The Raid overcame a neat but slim premise by being extremely creative with its action, not just in its fight choreography, but with the basic setups of each individual conflict. Dredd was brutal, and entertaining, but ultimately…

  • Batman Begins

    Batman Begins

    ★★★★

    'Don't be afraid...'

    Such a good film. All the stuff up to and including Batman's first appearance is stellar and really holds up, the photography is great and the scene where the audience gets a criminal's POV of Batman is genius (emulated fairly well by The Incredible Hulk, where it makes less sense). I'm less keen on some of the stylistic choices in the latter half of the film, especially when compared with followup The Dark Knight, but it hardly…