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  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★

    Some of the best action scenes, some of the lamest dialogue. “We are less than even, John.”

    Keanu moves like his age but dang I am still impressed. Halle Berry’s acting shines above the rest of the cast and the dog stunts are mindblowing. How long did it take to film that sequence?!? I was also impressed by the weaponization of Central Park carriage horses.

    Will I watch Chapter 4? Yeah, I’m thinking I will.

    The timeline of all the John Wicks is one week, by the way. The Bowery is dead, long love the Bowery.

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★½

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

    I went into this movie pretty cynical. I thought there’s no way they manage to satisfy the expectations of 20+ films. I thought, well here’s the obligatory three hour slog.

    It did not slog. It was satisfying. Sure, like 99% of time travel movies, the timeline can be picked apart. (Did the Avengers fail in 13.99M other timelines?) But hey, also in comic book movies no one is ever really dead. Black Widow is getting a movie in the next…

  • Derren Brown: Miracle

    Derren Brown: Miracle

    ★★½

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

    Derren is always great. For those of us who have seen all his previous work, there is little new here. The narrative about changing the story you tell yourself didn’t quite all come together how I would have liked, mostly I think because he used the Evangelical language to do the faith healing. It would have been amazing if he had come up with some atheist verbal formulae instead.

  • Fireworks Wednesday

    Fireworks Wednesday

    ★★★★

    A woman on the brink of getting married gets a view into a marriage on the brink. This early Farhadi shows his characteristic skill at morally ambiguous situations, domestic drama and voyeuristic angles as a maid finds herself investigating whether her employer is cheating on his wife. The portrait manages to encompass many facets of Iranian society and human emotion. Well worth checking out!

  • Detour

    Detour

    ★★★

    Only half-watched this while I was doing other things, but I liked what I saw. It had some sharp dialogue and some good twists. It has a Hotchcockian fatalism.

  • Overlord

    Overlord

    ★★½

    Strong production design and effects work, rather by-the-numbers script beats. Everyone in the cast is acting more like they are in a serious WWII film rather than a Nazi zombies movie, but that’s surprisingly okay.

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★½

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

    I rate this one about average. There were some nice sequences, particularly the “get up” montage. The plot was too loose and disjointed for me, with characters often having turns that didn’t seem quite supported (Colson, huh?). Fury’s eye should have been threatened at least one more time, and like many moments it was predictable how it went down. The digital de-aging is improving though!

    The comedy and nostalgia didn’t land for me as well as other Marvel chapters, although…

  • Robin Hood

    Robin Hood

    ★★★½

    This film has been unjustly maligned. It is a relentlessly modern spin on the RH legend of income inequality, right down to the costumes which, spoiler alert, are not aiming for historical accuracy. You could intercut some shots into Straight Out of Compton or the recent Star Wars trilogy without suspicion. Think A Knight’s Tale but deadpan or Dark Knight but camp. I had great fun watching it.

    Taron Egerton is our Iraq War/Crusade veteran Robin ‘Rob’ ‘The Hood’ Loxley…

  • Wayne's World 2

    Wayne's World 2

    ★★

    The jokes don’t hold up as well as the original and the plot is too much of a clone. There are still little moments to love, like any time Chris Farley is on screen.

  • Adam and Dog

    Adam and Dog

    ★★½

    The Genesis tale from a dog’s eye view.

  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★½

    Exactly what I expected. Well-made (dug the Kodachrome look) and with a solid protagonist arc. This was the ‘hey kids, you need to know how segregation was bad’ vote. But like, didn’t the Academy already reward In the Heat of the Night like in the 1960’s? I can’t hate the film nor love it, so I award it 2.5 shrugs 🤷‍♂️ 

    PS Mahershala piano playing on point doe!

  • Wayne's World

    Wayne's World

    ★★★★½

    Holds up great, other than younger generations don’t have any problem with ‘selling out.’