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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★★

    Believe the hype! Mission: Impossible - Fallout is the 22-year-old franchise's best entry yet. A ferociously paced, twisty, white-knuckle thrill ride. The tight acript is loaded with carefully crafted and wonderfully executed brawls, chases, and fights that never seem to let up for a minute.

    Just when one heartstopping, high-speed motorcycle chase through the bustling streets of Paris concludes, a whole new chase begins literally two scenes later. The entire 2+ hour film feels like a perfectly hurried and improvised…

  • RocketMan

    RocketMan

    ★★½

    I wanted to see this when it was first released, but unfortunately never got around to it. Suffice it to say, 11-year-old Jon would have really liked this film. It's goofy, 90s-era sci-fi fun, but never irritatingly so. Harland pulls off the pratfalls with ease, while the Martian-mission serves as a decently exciting backdrop for a Disney original.

    The science may be suspect, and the characters are all one-dimensional, but the breezy affability of everything allows it to work. As juvenile and clichéd as it all was, even 32-year-old Jon kind of enjoyed this one. I thought it was ALRIGHT.

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    An unqualified masterpiece.

    This captivating science fiction drama from critically acclaimed director Christopher Nolan was produced on a budget of $165 million, and released on November 5, 2014. Although it's an entirely original property with no ties to any previous works, the hype surrounding Nolan's ninth feature film was so high, Warner Bros. studios traded away the rights to its lucrative "Friday The 13th" series (among other franchises) just to secure worldwide distribution rights to this movie. So to say…

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★★

    Gyllenhaal is masterful.

    This low-budget American crime-thriller from first-time director Dan Gilroy was a critical and commercial success following its theatrical release on Halloween, 2014. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as an enigmatic individual who muscles his way into the world of crime journalism: earning money by photographing accidents and murders late at night, and selling them to a local news station. He is a quirky, bottom-feeding opportunist, exhibiting signs of high-functioning autism... always communicating directly, if dishonestly with his mark.

    Gyllenhaal…