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  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond

    ★★★★

    Enjoyed this more this time around than I did in the theatre. Partially because my theatrical experience was sub-par, and partially because Lin's frenetic action plays a little better on the small screen. Still not perfect (screenplay was rushed to hit the 50th anniversary), but probably my favorite of the "Kelvin timeline" movies so far.

  • Amélie

    Amélie

    ★★★★★

    Don't think I've seen this since the theatre. Was worried it wouldn't hold up, that I'd find it too simplistic or twee. Not so: it's earnestness, charm, and energy are just as potent and compelling as they were the first time I saw it. Je l'adore.

  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    ★★★

    Not as good as it could have been, but not nearly as bad as everyone's saying. Full review at www.cinescopers.com.

  • The Sword in the Stone

    The Sword in the Stone

    Well, that sure was a movie. Discussion coming 5/14 to www.cinescopers.com.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★

    Review at www.cinescopers.com

  • Stagecoach

    Stagecoach

    ★★★★

    Returning to film podcasting with a film ripe for discussion. Cinescopers (formerly Wrong Opinions About Movies) returns May 3rd! www.cinescopers.com

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    A flawed but ultimately spectacular film which bodes well for the future of the franchise.

  • Bucking Broadway

    Bucking Broadway

    ★★★★

    Released the same year as Straight Shooting, Bucking Broadway nevertheless feels like the work of a much stronger and accomplished filmmaker. The story is just as simple (and a good deal sillier, given that the third act of this film dissolves into comedy), but it's told with a much stronger hand. The editing and scripting are much sharper. It's hard to judge the cinematography against Straight Shooting, since Bucking Broadway has been properly restored (available on the Criterion Blu-ray of…

  • Straight Shooting

    Straight Shooting

    ★★★

    John Ford's first feature shows the confidence and basic competency that would carry him far, though the storytelling -- though simple -- is a little ragged in places. Also, the print on the only available DVD is horrendous.

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers

    ★★★★½

    It's still good.

  • Tokyo Drifter

    Tokyo Drifter

    Maybe this is one of those films I need more cultural context for, or maybe I'm just not in the right frame of mind. But I was not picking up what Suzuki was putting down here.

  • The Signal

    The Signal

    ★★½

    What is with all the good-looking, well-crafted, high-concept indie sci-fi films of late that just can't stick the landing??