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  • The Great Wall

    The Great Wall

    ★★★

    Yimou Zhang has done better work (I personally enjoy "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers" more) but this is okay. As far as set decorations and costumed are concerned, never doubt this director. He always brings his A-game.

    What's more, there are a handful of surprising moments with respect to the action sequences. When fending off mythic beasts capable of thrashing entire platoons of human soldiers, one has to get creative when defending The Great Wall, and so the film…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★

    The art of expanding a world and mythology peeked at in the first film. John Wick: Chapter Two is more brazen, somehow more violent, and more epic than the first one.

    Is it better? I don't know. There's something about the surprise factor of the first one and the cheesy sentimentality (predominantly absent in Chapter Two) that has me lean slightly towards that film, but Chapter Two is a fine, fine followup with cool new characters and smart ways of…

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  • Zootopia

    Zootopia

    ★★★★★

    This was a truly unexpected surprise. I haven't seen all of the recent Disney animated films. Of those that I did, I didn't care at all for "Wreck-It Ralph" and thought "Frozen" was patently mediocre. Positive reviews for "Zootopia" had me going 'Eh, whatever. Y'all said the same about Ralph and Frozen."

    Frankly, if you walked up to me yesterday and asked if I thought Disney had it in them in the foreseeable future to knock one straight out of…

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short

    ★★★★

    What an odd circumstances under which to watch this.

    In my family we celebrate Christmas on the 24th more so than on the 25th. The extended family has a few places to be over the course of a few days so the gang finds a way to get together on the 24th and we have fun into the early morning until most part ways for other gatherings. There's a supper at my father's the 25th, and I'll be there later…