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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★★

    This is almost like three different movies, the acts are so disparate. The first act is like the worst parts of Prometheus—that part where the scientists play around with the alien lifeform like it's a cute animal. The writing is so weak and the characters make such terrible decisions that you're not able to suspend your disbelief. These are really the people that were selected for such an important mission?

    Then the final act is total fan service to the…

  • The Social Network

    The Social Network

    ★★★★★

    A perfect film, and probably the best film of and about the 2000s.

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  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond

    ★★★½

    A *vast* improvement over Into Darkness. Where Into Darkness was overly serious and too-densely plotted, Beyond is good, zippy fun and easy to follow. But I do wish that one of these movies would foreground the characters rather than the plot, especially with this cast. There are a couple half-hearted attempts at character building, but it's just lip service. Oh, and can we cut it out with the MacGuffins already? I'm tired of Tesseracts and God's Eyes and whatever the hell an Abronath is. Also, bring back Bruce Greenwood, please and thank you.

    R.I.P. Anton Yelchin.

  • A Bigger Splash

    A Bigger Splash

    ★★★★

    Surprised there wasn't more awards buzz for the two leads -- Fiennes and Swinton were outstanding.