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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★

    Villeneuve returns to the same central conceit as Arrival by asking viewers how and why they empathize with protagonists based on available information given in the plot.

    The main problem when you absolutely need Harrison Ford for a movie is that you get Harrison Ford for a movie. In this case, a performance where he can't even pretend to emote when in mortal peril.

    As with the last 3 Villeneuve movies, this just left me utterly cold. At this point,…

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★½

    Upon exiting the cinema, I was of two minds: this is either an excellent movie or the best hackwork ever. As it turns out, I am not alone in thinking this (SBT says essentially the same thing).

    Out of this and The Fountain, I kind of wish that Mother! could have been the excruciating near miss, and The Fountain the movie that finally reached the transcendent status it aimed for.

    Whatever. I'm still shaking.

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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★

    "Look where being smart got you."

    -Jerry Smith

    Rick & Morty

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    ★★★★

    The action was definitely kicked up a notch from the 1st one both in terms of frequency and choreography. It was pretty satisfying. There is also much more character stuff, a lot of which is also quite satisfying, but some of which got away from Whedon and co. just a little bit (Hulk in particular).

    So how could it go wrong? It doesn't. Not exactly.

    Age of Ultron could never hope to replicate the feel-good vibe of the plot of…