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  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★½

    Hey, there's nothing super deep here. It's just a very enjoyable honest-to-goodness superhero film that doesn't rely on being all dark and edgy all of the time. See, DC?, you can make them like that and have them be a success! And what do you know, it can be carried by a female lead! Holy shit, the world has been ended by this feminist agenda film! Oh no!

    That fucking theme song that pops up whenever Wonder Woman gets down to ass-kicking gives me some serious goosebumps. That might have gained this three stars all on its own.

  • The Mummy

    The Mummy

    ★½

    As soon as Tom Cruise became married to this, and then swooped in behind the scenes to make changes, this film didn't stand a chance of being any good. Don't get me wrong - I don't mind Cruise for the most part, but he makes a fairly specific type of picture most of the time, and that type of picture is the wrong direction for what this should have been.

    Stop trying to copy the Marvel model, people. Stop trying…

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  • Brawl in Cell Block 99

    Brawl in Cell Block 99

    ★★★★½

    Wow. Unflinching brutality, and probably a better throw-back to pure exploitation than anything most more well-known retro throw-backs could ever hope to produce. Instead of trying to recapture that sort of low budget film from the 1970s, this film just is that sort of film, if that makes sense. It's not a recreation of a style, it just is a pure exploitation film. Grimy, mean, violent, driven. The only difference is that it has top notch production values and casting in its favour. Some of this made me cringe and it made me take notice. It's something. It's beautiful.

  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★★

    Remember "Shoot'Em Up"? This is that, with more jokes, and less smarts. From what I understand about the character of Deadpool (I've never read the comics) this seems pretty true to what that character is about. A fourth wall-breaking, super-powered anti-hero hit man. Outside of some of the jokes and performances, most of the plot is ho-hum, and the action scenes were competent, but only had real sizzle when they are set-ups for jokes. No doubt the hype train and the die-hard fans of this character will make this a "classic". This was fun, but I never need to see it again.