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  • A Bigger Splash

    A Bigger Splash

    ★★★

    The first 3/4 of this film is probably 5 stars. But it veers into a weird territory that really sucked out the sexy, funny energy that was transfixing me. The acting is wonderful (just watch Fiennes dance!) and it's a beautiful film. There are such great scenes, but the hypnosis was broken at one point and my feelings and loyalties to certain characters all shifted (maybe the point? perhaps the movie is smarter than I thought?).

    I felt similarly mixed by the director's last work with Tilda, I Am Love. I enjoy watching these movies but I'm not sure they are entirely successful.

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★

    I will always love Keanu. And I can dig action movie sequels that aren't just re-hashes of the original.

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  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential

    ★★★★★

    I've rewatched this film several times since first seeing it in theaters in the 1990s -- and remarking on how great these new Aussies Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce were -- and it's still beautifully directed and acted. The intelligence of the script, the visuals, everything! This may be my #1 favorite movie of all time.

  • Star Trek Into Darkness

    Star Trek Into Darkness

    ★★★★★

    The movie opens with a beautifully filmed and action-packed scene that had me gleefully excited to be back in this world, with these characters. Abrams always has that way of reeling me in, and keeping me entertained for the whole duration.

    The movie had so much action that it felt like a ride at times, and yet it still packed in humor and I may or may not have even shed a tear at one point? I love the friendship…