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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★½

  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    ★★★★

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi

    ★★★

  • The Black Phone

    ★★★★

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  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★★★

    Took my 14 year old son to this screening. Today was his last day of middle school and I think this is the first rated R film I’ve ever taken him to see in the theater. A perfect film for such an occasion.  This story has major Stephen King vibes, with adolescent protagonists, children going missing with a supernatural slant. It’s based on a book by Joe Hill who everyone knows is Stephen King’s son. (I actually just found that…

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    Jurassic World Dominion

    Jurassic World III: Locust Focused

    (Updated thoughts below)

    Starting with the positives, there are some moments here that I really loved. I think the feathered dinos look spectacular and the effects and set pieces for the most part are very good. Dr. Ian Malcolm has some classic quippy moments and in general it was nice to see Dern, Neill and Goldblum on screen together again.  
    End of positives.  (For more positives, please check out @Shreesh’s Review who’s take on films…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★½

    Ascendant Cut  -  ⭐️⭐️⭐️

    I heard about this fan edit shortly after watching the Obi-Wan finale. I decided to check it out. I was really impressed by it. One of the things I absolutely hated about TROS was the use of fake out deaths. I detail some of that in my original review. While this edit doesn’t remove them altogether (like I kind of hoped) it does pace them better and doesn’t immediately reverse the implied deaths in the very…

  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    ★★★★

    This one lives up to it’s reputation. It features some really creative action set pieces. I love the continually progressing espionage tech with the MVP going to the projection hallway sequence. The entire team has really excellent chemistry together. Cruise, Renner, Patton and Pegg. I loved it. Kids loved it. Even my daughter who sat out part 3, I think is back on board with the franchise. I regret not watching this one sooner. Looking forward to the next entries. 

    Degrees of Kevin Bacon: 1
    1. Tom Cruise
    and Kevin Bacon in A Few Good Men

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

    I was dubious. Thought for sure the hype for this had to be overblown. A scientological conspiracy perhaps. But…..this movie is fkn awesome. Literally everything is firing on all cylinders. The story is excellent, the action and dogfights are captured incredibly. The callbacks to the original are meaningful but they don’t overdo it. Really good from top to bottom and in my opinion exceeds the original in nearly every way thanks to a truly excellent script. The stakes are raised…

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Obi-Wan Kenobi

    ★★★

    Did really did not care for most of this show even if the finale nearly saves it. There is plenty of good in the series. Ewan reprises his role effectively and it’s clear that he really loves this character. The final duel between Vader and Obi-Wan is excellent and in my opinion much more cinematic than their duel on Mustafar. Aside from that though, there wasn’t much else that felt very compelling from a story perspective and so much of…