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  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

    Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

    ★★

    Starts out interesting/funny, then more or less fizzles when it gets to Hawaii. Kendrick is good. The kind of movie where you spend most of the time patiently waiting for the inevitable end credits blooper reel, since it will probably be funnier than what you're watching.

  • Independence Day: Resurgence

    Independence Day: Resurgence

    ★★

    The end of this movie is the dumbest, most infuriating thing. The rest is also dumb, but not in any particularly unique way. At least it has Judd Hirsch calling children "schmucks."

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  • The Danish Girl

    The Danish Girl

    ★★½

    Every once in a while you see a movie's title, director and premise, and you think you know exactly what it is going to be. And then it is that. Tom Hooper's direction continues to be prestige-y but cold and awkward, and overall I never felt particularly engaged with the story he was trying to tell.

    Performances are good, though. Redmayne will get the attention, but it's Vikander who gives this movie whatever energy it's able to muster.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★

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

    Did not expect to like it more the second time, and yet here we are. I think movies like this might actually play better when you're no longer constantly worried about what will happen next. Viewing #1 you find yourself invested in each story development, which isn't exactly this movie's strong suit. Viewing #2 you let the experience happen to you a bit more, and you find little subtleties in the universe, the performances, and the rather effective ways Abrams…