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  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★½

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

    ★★★★

  • X-Men: First Class

    ★★★

  • X-Men: The Last Stand

    ★★

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  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★½

    The epitome of style over substance. Sam Raimi has the mind of a mastermind but none of his admittedly excellent visual flourishes can make up for that which is void of any cohesion, heart, or story. I haven’t enjoyed an MCU film since Infinity War (in fact, I haven’t hated an MCU film this much since Age of Ultron) and I’m not confident that this score will change. 

    It’s amazing that a canonically multiversal storyworld manages to remain so relentlessly dull…

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    ★★★★

    The constant retconning that inevitably occurs from creating prequel films after the fact, mixed with the equally thorny mechanisms of time travel, really dampen what would otherwise be a pretty perfect film.

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  • The Fallout

    The Fallout

    Genuinely shocked at the overwhelmingly positive reception this has garnered.

    This has some of the worst writing I've seen in a minute — I know I'm about four years removed from high school, but the dialogue these characters are given is consistently eye-roll-worthy and unrealistic. There is no emotional resonance whatsoever, which is particularly criminal considering what this film is about. The pacing is off and the plot is messy not in a mirroring-the-content type of way but in a…

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★½

    This film is so incredibly threadbare and only unravels the more I think about it. Spidey has been my fav superhero (and quite possibly one of my fav characters ever) for as long as I can remember, so I fully expected to adore this.

    Adore it, however, I did not. The script is awful -- the pacing is off, the dialogue is terrible, and neither the jokes nor the emotional beats land (there is exactly *one* joke throughout the film's…