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  • Lion

    Lion

    ★★★

    On a rewatch, I bumped this up.

  • Searching for Ingmar Bergman

    Searching for Ingmar Bergman

    I think we can all agree that Bergman films are great, but I would rather watch a more sustained study (like maybe a Criterion featurette) than a a series of general praises.

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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…