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  • Upgrade

    Upgrade

    ★★★

    Cool and exciting, but the low budget/high ambition combo leaves it stuck in a sort of uncanny valley — the kind of sci-fi that never quite manages to hide its seams. Still, very enjoyable and made me wish for more cyberpunk movies. I’ll probably go watch Ghost in the Shell for the fiftieth time now.

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★★

    Dinosaurs are cool

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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…