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  • The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan's Journey

    The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan's Journey

    Highly recommended — and not just because I was interviewed for the film. Bradley Weatherholt and co. do a great job of capturing some of the more compelling arguments for the re-examination of the Star Wars prequels. The film offers a voice to a side of fandom not often heard from and suggests a hopeful middle ground for viewers from all eras. Less of a "strike back" and more of a thoughtful, calm rebuttal, this documentary serves as a great starting point for any fan willing to give the prequels a second look.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★½

    Glimpses of fun mediocrity amidst an otherwise laughable mess.

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  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★★

    Beautifully and deliberately crafted. A fascinating study in trust and morality. Reeves does a brilliant job expanding on the world and story from the previous film while clearly defining his own characters and style.

    Yet for all of the fine creative work put into the film, the real gamble was making a movie where the main characters are digitally-created apes. Here, the motion-capture performers and the artists at Weta deliver some of the finest cinematic visual effects in history. The…

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    ★★★★★

    THE HOBBIT is a delightful return to Middle Earth and — dare I say it — more enjoyable than either of its most recent predecessors. It is of course lighter in tone and less emotionally-compelling than any of the LORD OF THE RINGS films, but this is true enough to the source material. And while I was worried that Jackson's indulgence would get the best of him as he expanded the brief children's tale into its own expansive trilogy, it…