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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★★

    I loved the first film, and true to form, the second one didn't quite capture the same feeling. But it was still well-done and had a better ending than the first.

    Volume 2 seeks to balance humor with some challenging story aspects. First, it needs to tell Quill's backstory and give him a chance to confront and/or understand his past.

    It's also very concerned with telling the story of childhood's lost. All the characters are dealing with childhood pain and…

  • Buster's Mal Heart

    Buster's Mal Heart

    ★★★

    30 Female Directors

    Visually, Buster's Mal Heart is terrific. Tonally, it's all over the place. Narratively, it bites off more than it can chew.

    The scene where Buster is trying to teach his daughter Spanish while his mother-in-law wants her to learn only English was amazing, and I wish the director, Sarah Adina Smith, had expanded on that idea.

    I wished Buster's idea of freedom--as it conflicts with his mother-in-laws idea of traditionalism--could have been explored more, too.

    We needed…

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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.