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  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★★

    I went in expecting to hate this, because I'm so fed up with Marvel movies, particularly post-Avengers. Surprised to find I had a rollicking good time.

    As with all deliberately transgressive films -- Life of Brian, South Park and Team America come to mind -- your mileage may vary greatly and your enjoyment will, more than usual, probably depend on frame of mind when you watch it.

    For me, this knowing satire of the Marvel genre came at just the…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Yeah, I don't know what a good movie is anymore. 86% at RT? Sheesh.

    This is the second Marvel movie in recent memory (also GotG 2) where I knew I was in trouble in the first five minutes and felt my heart drop at the prospect of another dreary 2 1/2 hours. I almost walked out, but at this point, there is so much time invested giving up on any one movie feels like swearing off movies for the next…

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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…