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  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★

    I continue to be enthralled by this film, noticing more with each viewing. I'm still not sure I can put it all together, but the parts are sublime.

  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    ★★½

    Not quite the full Malick, but still one of those films that had me enthralled after 10 minutes, thinking it was good after 20 minutes, still earning my grudging respect after 30 minutes, and admitting I was thoroughly bored after 40.

    I didn't check my watch every five minutes thereafter, and the action sequences were actually watchable in a way that I don't often find in the genre.

    Still--and I say this as someone who has largely dismissed claims that…

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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…