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  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★½

    "Our lives are in [Trevorrow's] hands, and [he's] got butterfingers?"

    Having probably been as confused as the rest of us by how successful Jurassic World was despite its mediocrity, Universal execs evidently shrugged and ordered "the same again, but more so." Fallen Kingdom recapitulates many of the same beats and is many ways worse than its predecessor, except in two dimensions.

    First, J. A. Bayona is a better director than Trevorrow. He introduces the more menacing animals with care suggestive…

  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★½

    A tonally wobbly first act leads on to a creative and delightful second act that recalibrates the stakes for maximum impact. Visually and verbally creative throughout; a real tickle under the chin for your brain. Reynolds is as effortless in the role as ever, and the various orbiting bodies acquit themselves fine. Great combat scenes that really sell the concept of super powers in a grounded way, thanks to the preponderance of live stunt work. A solid, funny, fun movie that innovates just enough to distinguish itself from its predecessor.

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  • Black Mirror: Black Museum

    Black Mirror: Black Museum

    ★★★

    A mixed bag - exceptionally executed, as usual, and exploring darkness rarely seen in pop media. But it’s a bit scattershot and fragmented, and arguably takes the darkness a step or two too far to be satisfying. A pretty average cap to a mostly average season (for Black Mirror).

  • Black Mirror: Arkangel

    Black Mirror: Arkangel

    ★★★

    Straightforward, meat-and-potatoes Black Mirror, almost predictable at this point. Foster’s direction - while visually bland - allows the performances to add some weight to the themes (but not enough for them to resonate maximally), and the screenplay contains enough skin-crawling moments of classic BM unease to rank as “enjoyable” (as far as that word means anything when it comes to this show...). A comparatively minor entry in the canon, lacking the turns and depths of the show’s best.