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  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

    ★★★★

    Iron Man 3 is a formulaic superhero movie. It does the same thing that every superhero movie before it has ever done. It doesn't break a lot of new ground, as far as storytelling goes. However, this is a strong superhero movie. Shane Black makes the best use of that formula. Most noticeably, he incorporates a real life villain in the form of Tony Stark's anxiety that affects him throughout the film. This brings a certain level of emotional gravity…

  • Electrick Children

    Electrick Children

    ★★★

    Electrick Children forced me to suspend disbelief much more than I usually do. I was willing, but the premise is based on a lot of things I usually don't mess with. It works, to a degree. I feel it could have been executed in a fashion where the conflict didn't feel so contrived. However, it sets off an adventure that brings a sense of illusion to the screen. It's quite interesting to see these likable (yet unrealistic) characters visit a…

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  • Wonder

    Wonder

    ★★★½

    Wonder is probably the most manipulative film that is likely to come from 2017. Considering the topic, everyone saw it coming. It's not necessarily a bad thing, though. I mean, everyone could do without a movie dictating what they're supposed to feel and developing plot points that are designed specifically to make them feel something. However, this film seems to handle it quite nicely. The characters are seemingly likable. I say that knowing that I'd be walking on eggshells if…

  • Death Sentence

    Death Sentence

    This is a classic revenge film and it is as derivative as that sounds. It's an intense and brutal display of what one man will do to protect the people he loves. Kevin Bacon and John Goodman are always a joy to watch, but other than that, the movie isn't particularly well cast. James Wan takes us into a quite predictable yet simultaneously unrealistic family setting. It seems fitting when paired with the predictability of the rest of the film.…