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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★★½

    James Gunn is so obviously the best thing Marvel have going for them it ain't even funny.

    structurally this feels like the most experimental Marvel has ever been, and because of this most people will most likely be lukewarm on it. the majority of the movie forgoes plot in favor of character and theme, which can easily be mistaken for narrative stalling but as someone who worships at the shrine of Linklater i adoooored this approach.

    above all else this…

  • The Fate of the Furious

    The Fate of the Furious

    ★★★

    everything that the Rock does is gold, and for the most part this maintains the sense of fun that this franchise has developed but there are just some really weird and ugly creative decisions made here that feel totally at odds with the core theme of the franchise.

    Statham's big plane sequence is remarkably inspired; utterly batshit but so fantastic. the position he's left in at the end of the movie is.......not. definitely very mixed on this because when it's great it's really great, but sadly this continues the trend of the even numbered installments being weaker than the odd.

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    Oh, how I love thee Nolan. This is one of those movies that I feel like is difficult to review, for multiple reasons. One, because I really don’t want to give away too much, and two, because it’s one of those extremely rare films where it’s difficult to use words to tell you how good it is. Somehow, Nolan has managed to exceed my expectations for Interstellar, even with it being one of my most anticipated movies of the year.…

  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★½

    Birdman is self indulgent, self important, and pretentious to the point where it thinks it's the greatest movie ever made. Iñárritu essentially paints himself as the ultra-hipster, who hates what cinema has become and thinks people like himself are here to save it. His themes are heavy handed to the extent where I'm not sure if he even knows the definition of subtle. He puts his own opinions and societal views on such a high pedestal and crams them down…