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  • Superman

    Superman

    ★★½

    Kidder and Reeve are fantastic together, and the movie's optimistic, nostalgic tone is perfect for the character. But everything else in the movie, from it's interminable opening 45 minutes to Beatty and Hackman's mugging, is painful. Anyone who complains about the choppy storytelling in modern MCU movies has forgotten about the Zod trial at the start of this movie, which nothing to do with this film and everything to do with the sequel.

  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★★★

    Pretty insubstantial, but a lot of fun. It doesn’t reach the heights of Into the Spider-verse or Spider-man 2, but despite the many MCU connection points, this feels like proper Spidey. And I’m always a sucker for proper Spidey.

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★½

    A vending machine of a movie. It gives the good tasty stuff you want, but it requires a buy in and there’s a lot of clunking and gear turning before the good stuff pops out.

  • Rocketman

    Rocketman

    ★★½

    It’s only natural for music fans to confuse their favorite songs for autobiographies. Sure, we all learn in middle-school about poetic persona, that we shouldn’t confuse the poet for the speaker, but when we feel a song so keenly, when we hear our own selves reflected in the lyrics, we believe despite ourselves that the from the song spills the singer’s life. 

    Half-biopic, half-jukebox musical, Rocketman embraces that fantasy, telling the story of Reginald Dwight’s rocky metamorphosis into pop genius…