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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    ★★★

    I feel that perhaps I judged this film too harshly the first time I watched it, because in comparison to the dreadful fourth film this one isn't bad. Sure, it suffers from those soft reboot tendencies that The Force Awakens succeeded in so well, and the screenplay can be extremely heavy-handed and expository throughout. However, I feel that Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg were able to imbue this franchise with a much needed injection of colour and spatial geography. The…

  • The Rage: Carrie 2

    The Rage: Carrie 2

    ★★★

    It's great when I revisit these maligned sequels and find them way more enjoyable than their reputation suggests. Whilst not nearly as effective as the original, I found Emily Bergl's central performance genuinely affecting at times, and the modern setting of prep students and staff protecting one another super prescient. The climactic sequence is a complete tonal shift from the original for better or worse, but it does lead to some pretty great gore. Cross-cutting to scenes from de Palma's film is a bad misstep though.

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    This movie was my Anton Ego moment for film this year. By this, I mean that it resonated with me in such a profound way that it rocked me to my core and made me reconsider why the art that I love means to much to me. In the case of Into the Spider-Verse, I had to reconcile my love for both film and comic books in the same experience, a feeling which left me shaken through much of the…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It feels really strange that this is the first MCU film that intends to offer a degree of closure to a story that's been going on for just over a decade. In this regard, it feels really exciting that Endgame feels like closure for many storylines, almost as if the franchise has finally allowed itself an opportunity to exhale. Even though I didn't have much of an emotional reaction to this film, there's a lot that I loved about it's…