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  • Cars 3

    Cars 3

    ★★★

    Works to redeem the series after the soulless Cars 2, but doesn’t go far enough to be something special by itself.

  • Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde

    ★★★★

    Not as iconic, consistent, or memorable as John Wick (the comparison is inevitable). Thankfully the amazing Charlize Theron makes up for it, with little help: some mind-bending fight choreography and that silly title.

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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★

    It seems like action blockbuster increasingly means superheroes. That would be fine if not everything had to be part of an "extended universe". These films all feel exactly the same, and it's by design. Meh.

    Still, this was enjoyable; had some fun parts despite the thin plot and characterization. Only some of the main characters seem to have any depth at all, and (what could be) interesting plot points are instantly squandered in favor of more fighting. Oh, well.

    This is made to please as many people as possible, and it shows. I just wish more varied kinds of action films still fit that description too.

  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★★

    I’m a sucker for dark, velvety thrillers, and this one worked pretty well for me. The bleak tone had me completely hooked within five minutes. Though it sometimes feels a bit derivative (some moments were especially on-the-nose Lynchian), I cannot deny that it’s effective. It is a dexterously unsettling film.

    Tom Ford is, no doubt, a sharp aesthete. What I wasn’t expecting was a very palpable feeling of futility and hopelessness as the other side of the coin, and impostor…