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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★½

    Michael B. Jordan absolutely kills it in this role, but for me, Chadwick Boseman actually kills the movie as a whole. The character of Black Panther just has no charm or personality, especially when in the same film as Jordan, or Letitia Wright, or Dania Gurira, or almost anybody else in this great cast, and that's a large obstacle to overcome. The film suffers from the inverse problem of most superhero movies, in that the villain holds our interest, and…

  • Despicable Me 3

    Despicable Me 3

    ★½

    Look, I realize how foolish it must seem to look for a well written story inside of the second money-grubbing sequel in an animated children's franchise that wasn't created by Disney or Pixar. Especially one that features The Minions(gag). But "Despicable Me 3" really had potential to be a solid film, and I think that's why I was so let down by it. If you look at the setup of this plot, it's just sitting on a tee, waiting to…

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  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick

    ★★★★

    Riding the train into New York to see one of the first showings of "The Big Sick," I couldn't shake the fear that this movie would suck. It had to, right? There were just too many expectations, and it was bound to disappoint us somehow. I mean, it was Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon's first feature length script about the incredible true story of their relationship. It was directed by Michael Showalter after last year's surprisingly touching "Hello, My…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★½

    "It's not about deserve. It's about what you believe."

    Apart from being both the cringe-worthy centerpiece and poorly established turning point of the film's disastrous third-act, this line also serves as a reflection of the critical response to Wonder Woman. Does it really deserve all the praise it's getting? Probably not, but going in, we all wanted to believe that this film would be a game-changer, because that's the better narrative. Certainly a better narrative than "the first female directed…