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  • Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation

    Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation

    ★★★½

    The in-office stuff is a little dry, but the film shines in documenting just how much manpower goes into covering a story.

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★

    So I guess I'm in the minority here.

    I thought this had many of the same problems of the entire franchise, so I just bumped my review of "Rise" here:

    1morefilmblog.com/2011/08/05/rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-wyatt-2011/

    In a nutshell, the problems are three:

    1) Prequel/reboot inevitability. We know what is going to happen, so the "how" is more important than the "what" but the "how" isn't particularly interesting. It's a pastiche of The Last Temptation of Christ and Apocalypse Now (which is overtly referenced just…

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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…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    Like good jazz, this revealed a bit more the second time around. Its themes were richer, and the execution is pretty remarkable. (I can't remember the last time I genuinely thought montage editing was used this much and to this good effect.)

    I am, admittedly, conflicted about the epilogue. Yes, it is a showstopper and a virtuoso bit of filming. And yes, it is consistent with the jazz-like structure of the storytelling in the way it repeats with variation. But…