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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★

    Watching this back-to-back with Rogue One is a trip. "We're on a diplomatic mission!" "Girl, I just SAW YOU LEAVE SCARIF."

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    Not perfect, but still tremendous, especially for a film that's little more than the expansion of a three-paragraph expository crawl from a 70s film.

  • Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina

    ★★★★

    Since 2012, when this film came out, I've (shockingly) lost a lot of my patience for stories about the petty squabbles and problems of the aristocratic ruling class. That said, this is still a visually stunning, wonderfully acted, tightly scripted film that's innovative and breathtaking to behold.

  • Django

    Django

    ★★★

    Narratively a bit of a mess, and it manages to decry racism while still upholding harmful racial stereotypes, and it's not a little misogynistic. BUT for all that, I can see why it's a classic of the genre.

  • Companeros

    Companeros

    ★★½

    Pretty messy, both in terms of plotting and character. The characters are hilariously inconsistent, and the plot lurches from one set-piece to the next. Fortunately the actors are charismatic enough, and the direction energetic enough, to hold one's interest. Also, there's a bananas theme song by Ennio Morricone that's worth the price of admission alone.

  • High Noon

    High Noon

    ★★★½

    Quite a bit darker and sophisticated than I was expecting, I can see why this is hailed as a classic of the genre. Though I would suggest that the ending is a bit of a cop-out.

  • Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes

    ★★★½

    This kinda got savaged by critics at the time, didn't it? Not sure why; it's pretty basic, and Cage is very Cage-ey, but it's a solid thriller with some fun visuals and a nice tense build. I liked it.

    Granted, it's not perfect, and the romantic connection at the end is SUPER forced (and honestly kinda gross), but eh. Structurally the movie's inventive, and I liked that.

  • The Lego Batman Movie

    The Lego Batman Movie

    ★★★★

    I enjoyed the hell out of this movie, the first one to really get at the core of what it means to be Batman in a long time. Honestly, though, the fact that it's a Lego movie is more distracting than beneficial. I wish it were straight animation, or better yet, live-action. Still one of the best Batman movies out there, tho.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★½

    It's good. It's not great.

    Full review coming to www.cinescopers.com in a day or two!

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★½

    Theatrical cut. GOD, that ending. Woof.

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    ★★★

    The problems from the first film carry over into this sequel, as do the positive qualities. For a full review, check out www.cinescopers.com!

  • How to Steal a Million

    How to Steal a Million

    ★★★½

    Delightful little heist romp with some A+ chemistry between Hepburn and O'Toole, fun side characters, and a couple genuine surprises. Fluff, but entertaining fluff.