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  • The Greatest Showman

    The Greatest Showman

    ★★★★½

    Sing along version.

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★½

    I wondered if I overvalued the first film because it was sweet and cute and came out during a rough election year.

    But this was also sweet and cute and well done.

    These films have awful trailers, but they are actually pretty engaging, if simple.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    "If you can't fix what's broken..."

    Fully satisfying as to theme, this is a throwback only in the sense that it reminds us of how much more thrilling stunts are than special effects. The choreography and editing is off-the-charts good...and a welcome relief to those of us weary of the uberfrenetic shot sequencing of Avengers and such.

    This is essentially one long chase scene, but backstory and theme are interspersed, and it's the rare action movie that shows rather than…

  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★

    Marginally entertaining as a spectacle but devoid of any and all human emotion and surprisingly poorly written.

    The problems of the genre aren't helped by the addition of three essentially new characters, none of whom add add much to the emotional or thematic heft of the story. I've always liked DC characters more than Marvel characters, but DC is *still* playing catch-up, so what should play out over movies (Barry's fear to enter the fray) gets compressed into scenes and…