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  • Cinderella Man

    Cinderella Man

    ★★★★

    Pros:
    ~Fantastic performances all the way around.
    ~Weaves its emotional Great Depression story and underdog boxing tale together very well.
    ~Brings a sense of perspective to the time period without belaboring.
    ~Braddock's character is a great underdog. easy to root for.
    ~Quick cuts and smooth transitions allow for fight scenes to be as engaging as possible.

    Middle:
    ~More emotionally impactful when it allows the story/characters to drive the drama than when it actually tries to make the audience feel.

    Cons:…

  • Crimson Peak

    Crimson Peak

    ★★

    Pros:
    ~Tom Hiddleston’s really trying to save this sinking ship, huh?
    ~Cinematography and production design are both gorgeous. Gotta give this movie points for looking nice.

    Cons:
    ~The script feels like it was written by a 15-year-old on wattpad.
    ~It’s actually one of the most clichéd things I’ve seen in awhile.
    ~The character development is so poor, I stopped being able to tell people apart after the first half hour.
    ~I’m fine with genre blending, but the tonal shifts between…

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★

    Pros:
    ~The Marvel Cinematic Universe has mastered its mix of sci-fi action and character-based wit.
    ~The stakes are high and they feel high. Thanos is a formidable villain. At the same time, however, he's probably one of the more well-developed villains in Marvel history.
    ~With help from Alan Silvestri's beautiful score, and some wonderful performances, the emotional impact is strong.
    ~Balances the stories of its several characters and unites all of them fairly well.

    Cons:
    ~The film gets lost in its own hysteria occasionally.
    ~The Russos have a complete lack of visual style that show a little bit when they actually... try to say something.

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    ★★★

    Pros:
    ~Ezra Miller killed it! Top 5 performance from him, easy.
    ~The protagonist carries a lot of emotional weight, in a good way. Chbosky took his time and it shows.
    ~On that note, Chbosky is very good with the sentimental stuff. He knows how to tug at the heartstrings. Just in general, I felt a lot during this movie.
    ~It's actually hilarious? It uses its characters to drive most of the humor, so it rarely, if ever feels forced. Generally…