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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★½

    Guillermo del Toro wears his heart on his sleeve, and it's hard not to love him for it. The Shape of Water is an unabashedly strange movie. It doesn't try to hide that. The gill-man (of The Creature of the Black Lagoon fame) is one of my favorite movie monsters, and it's a crime that he hasn't gotten more screentime over the years. Doug Jones turns in yet another marvelous creature performance brought to life with a combination of gorgeous…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★½

    I felt like a kid in a candy store watching Avengers: Infinity War. What those who aren’t invested in this universe may consider overstuffed is packed from beginning to end with payoff for those of us who are. I could probably go on and on about how much I enjoyed the film, but honestly I’m still in a bit of a daze and whatever I write wouldn’t cover it. I will give a special nod to Alan Silvestri for composing one of the MCU’s best scores. I can’t wait to see it again and to see what this leads to.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    Oh what a day, what a lovely day!

    George Miller is a mad scientist. To sum up my review of Mad Max: Fury Road in two words: Holy shit. I admire those of you able to write these long, structured reviews after one viewing of this film, because I walked out of the theater with more feelings than coherent thoughts. So I apologize in advance if this review comes across as rambling. I have mostly flashes of imagery and brief…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    ★★★★½

    I walked into the cinema excited to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as I do most Marvel films. I had high expectations, but it exceeded them and nailed practically everything it set out to accomplish. As a comic book film, it's a ton of fun, with larger than life characters leaping off of the page and into a grounded, but not too grounded, world. As a political thriller, it calls attention to current events, like government monitoring and eliminating…