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  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    ★½

    I might have said the shoehorned references to the original Cloverfield weigh down what could have been an interesting standalone flick, but it's hard to say that what's left would have been very good anyway. Paper thin characters, recycled ideas from better movies, and a laughably confusing take on both theoretical AND basic physics make The Cloverfield Paradox too cheesy to ever rise above the likes of bargain bin sci-fi originals.

  • It

    It

    ★★★★

    My one criticism of "It" is that even though it dials the visual horror up to eleven, ten might have done the trick. To me, it's too intense to focus on being a coming of age story, but shows too much of the monster(s) to get under my skin. What results is still a great movie, but it rests on the edge of really being lasting.

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★★

    Couldn't have asked for a better sequel! My only complaint is having to wait until 2017 for the next one.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Simultaneously one of the most inspiring, and crushing, films I've seen all year.