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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★½

    I don't remember liking this one very much the first time I saw it, because, frankly, I'm getting sick of these movies. But, I dunno, it's got some good stuff in it, especially when it's not taking itself too seriously. The humorous bits are great and anything with Paul Rudd in it, whose kind of a welcome, low-class upgrade of Tony Stark is nice. The plot, actually, for once, is the high point. Zemo's machinations are, if tightly held and…

  • Wind River

    Wind River

    ★★★★

    "Wind River" is the first feature by the guy who wrote "Sicario" and "Hell or High Water", so you know what you're getting from the get-go.
    It's a welcome change to the incessant diarrhea of "thriller cop action movies"--set on the Wind River reservation in western Wyoming and beautifully filmed amidst alternating snowy desolation and blinding bright blue skies. It is of course about a murder, a Native American girl who'd been dating a white dude and the two folks…

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  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★★

    It's Hammertime.
    Easily, the best film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe--an assertion I feel completely justified in making since you get to hear Bruce Banner say the line, "Hey guys, we're coming up on the Anus!" The handlers of the MCU finally understand what it takes to make a comic book movie: strip away the scowling, the darkness, and the weighty political messages (Thor3's is subtle and kind of insane, but a nice change) and just make something wacky as…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    Joins "Sunshine", "Moon", and "Upstream Color" as one of the great science/speculative fiction films of the 21st century. Highly recommended.