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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    Fellowship of the Ring is an amazing introduction into the world of Middle Earth. Peter Jackson does something special here. He crafts a sprawling epic, complete with great characters and amazing scenery. There are very few films that are as good at world-building as this trilogy of film is. Whenever I watch this film, I find myself swept up in the world of LOTR. Every character is perfectly cast, and there isn’t a bad performance in the bunch. The script…

  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★★½

    Justice League is a flawed movie, no argument there. The visual effects were awful, Steppenwolf looked like a video game character, and the final battle scene can be a real visual mess at times. This movie would have benefited immensely from 15-20 minutes of extra time of flesh out new characters, build relationships, and properly set up a villain. Without that, we are left with a lackluster villain and a team dynamic that doesn’t really feel earned. Despite that, I…

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  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★★

    I just spent seven-and-a-half hours watching three films in a theatre. The first two films were already proven greats to me. Rise was a great film, and Dawn happened to be my sixth favorite film of all time, so to say I had high expectations would be the understatement of the century. Walking out of the film, I was absolutely floored. This film is a masterpiece. This is as good as cinema gets. First of all, the camerawork was masterful,…

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    ★★★★★

    Jurassic Park features Steven Spielberg channeling one of the themes he is best known for: the child-like wonder of seeing something beyond your wildest dreams. This film is one of the best examples of the power of film as a medium, its ability to invoke pure, raw emotion. The pace is perfect, the tension never stops, The set pieces are brilliant, the effects are pretty great for a film that's twenty-four years old, and the actors, who do take a…