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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    I'm shook.

    I thought it would be impossible for another Mission movie to top Rogue Nation, but Christopher McQuarrie did it. Rogue Nation has some incredible moments that blew me away, like the opera-house scene where Tom Cruise meets Rebecca Ferguson for the first time. That scene, which is directed to perfection, is a great example of masterful suspension. But as a whole Fallout stands out as the franchise's most memorable film. And just when you think the franchise couldn't…

  • Lean on Pete

    Lean on Pete

    ★★★★½

    So heartbreaking and humane in its portrayal of human isolation, Lean on Pete reminds audience how growing up for some people can be a painful experience. Andrew Haigh continues to prove that he is an important voice in cinema, having made three really impressive films about the struggle and existence of everyday people, especially those in solitude, that he observes with keenest and empathy. There's always a bleak edge to his films, as evidenced by Weekend, 45 Years, and now…

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  • Venom

    Venom

    ★★

    If anything, it reminded me why I enjoyed Batman and Robin so much when I was six. There's a few parts that work for me (I thought the motorcycle chase is pretty awesome and Tom Hardy is good) and there're a lot of parts that really don't. They just made Venom a toothless, lame villain with little sense of malice. I had a few laughs because it was fun in a brainless, silly kind of way though.

    The verdict is my man Tom Hardy has the natural ability to rise above mediocre movies he stars in and make them watchable.

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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

    I haven’t seen Glenn Close in The Wife, but her long overdue Oscar might fall into Gaga’s hands next year. It’s not like Gaga gave the best female performance in years or anything, but it's a goddamn great performance. And her luminous presence truly elevates the movie to the stratosphere. I’m not gonna talk about her singing because I don’t think people need to be reminded by every A Star is Born review what this woman can do when she…

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  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ★★½

    Suicide Squad has just signed its own death warrant.

    It’s that time of the year again when a DC superhero movie causes a rift between critics and audiences. I’m neither a Marvel nor DC guy. I’m just a film buff who welcomes every superhero movie with an open heart and always gives them the benefit of the doubt when they get panned. But boy does the critical consensus this time actually reflect my feelings about this movie! I actually enjoyed…

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    1st act : We’ll get there
    2nd act: Oooh nearly there
    3rd act : HOLY F-CK!!!!! That’s the most epic space battle in Star Wars! And the last shot! Whoa…

    Ok. Sorry. But I didn’t expect myself to get so worked up over this movie!! I was one of those people that weren’t convinced by Disney’s plan to make anthology films because they’re blatantly milking the Star Wars cash cow. But when you’re making a cash grab disguised as a…