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  • Dope

    Dope

    ★★★½

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

    I found myself wondering just how intentional Dope's ending had been.

    In the end, a self-described nerd explains himself through a narrated essay. That ending mirrors closely the one in The Breakfast Club.

    It works even better in Dope because we are allowed a more intimate look into the character's every day struggles.

    The characters in The Breakfast Club each try to balance the pressures put on them, growing up, and feeling misunderstood by peers, teachers, and parents. But their…

  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    ★★★½

    "You embrace the suck and move the fuck forward."

    Although by accident, this was the perfect movie to end on in 2016.

    The film's message definitely hit home:

    There is little was can control and most of the time, if we are honest with ourselves, we are in over our heads. If we are not, we are not really living and that's the bigger risk.

    In the midst of that, don't forget there is a fine line between being courageous…

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  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    One of the things that makes Javier Bardem's performance so unnerving is that he is not just a hit man, he's also a serial killer. While this can't possibly be the first time such a character has been portrayed, it sure does feel original in the context of this film.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★

    I've never enjoyed a superhero movie more than this. While a superhero's abilities often separate him/her from the average person, this film makes the superheroes into a type of everyman. They are more easy to relate to than characters such as Superman or even Captain America.

    The casting, the special effects, the writing, the tone, everything about this film worked extremely well. I would definitely recommend this to friends--even if they are not into science fiction or superheroes.