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  • Red Notice

    ★★

  • Last Night in Soho

    ★★★½

  • Wind River

    ★★★★

  • A Castle for Christmas

    ★★½

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  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★½

    This film has big tonal problems. It tries to have fun building a stylized culture of assassins, but its simple revenge plot is so banal and its fight scenes so gruesome that one cannot invest. John Wick is a merciless automaton whose kills literally dozens of people over a car and a dog. While that could work with some black humor a la Tarentino or Coen Brothers, this movie operates at face value and never offers us anyone to care about. The ending is laughable, but the movie does get some points for style.

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★

    Impressive in that they solved many of the dramatic difficulties - the apes are truly, fully realized characters without excess suspension of disbelieve. A bit disappointing then, that having set up a convincing world, the script is so predictable, repetitive and without subtlety. I think I counted half a dozen times that a tenuous trust was upended by a mindless hothead on one side or the other. Some lazy deux ex machina moments as well. Too bad, Could have been more, but still somewhat engaging.

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