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  • The Shack

    The Shack

    ★★★½

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

    As a film, this was pretty emotionally powerful and quite beautiful. There were a couple parts I think it rushes through and missed an attachment with characters, but for the most part the story is compelling and thoughtful. Sam Worthington (Mack) does a pretty good job in relaying the anger and contempt his character has toward God. His wife Nan (Radha Mitchell) is largely lost which is both strange because it's her faith that informs her children and Mack, and…

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★★★

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

    Really awesome action all over the place. I think they hit exactly the note they were going for; borderline campy dialogue while highlighting the monster and giving traces of depth for both the characters and for Kong. 

    I do think I prefer a more personalized king Kong. I think if you could take the time spent on Kong as a character from Peter Jackson's version, remove all the melodrama and place it in this movie I think that would be…

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  • The Lego Batman Movie

    The Lego Batman Movie

    ★★★★

    I thought a lot about this star rating. If I'm going just by my reaction to the first 20-minutes, it's easily a 4-1/2 and maybe pushing a 5 if it keeps up it. But alas, it didn't.

    Don't get me wrong, it stayed entertaining but everything we learn in the first act basically remains predictably the same until the conclusion. So, a lot of filler. But pretty funny filler. I was waiting for some kind of real life dimension to…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    I was so completely mesmerized by this movie that I didn't even realize I had finished my popcorn until my hand reach for the bottom of the bag. Villenueve creates such intrigue with every aspect of this movie; the reveal, the language barrier breaking, the twist, the political and international disagreements, etc. Amy Adams most definitely deserves an Oscar nod for this performance.

    The most clear theme is that of the importance of language, but the thing which impressed me…