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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★

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

    9/12 of its length Arrival is an interesting and thrilling movie about the importance of communication and the looming consequences of its failure. The rest is tad shortcutting "I can see future" anti-climactic mess that bored me.

    Most interesting take out of Arrival is how the Aliens coming to Earth pose no visible threat being locked inside a stationary pod. It's the people and particularly the media driving people to the edge of chaos. Talk about responsibility in this scenario. One could also draw allegories to mass immigration and post-truth era – that's another story, though.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★½

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

    Rogue One knits itself into the beginning of Episode IV: A New Hope without much of a mess. There's top-notch visual effects - especially during the last 30-45 minutes, a duo of likable main characters, solid screenplay, and a brutally honest, but comical droid of K-2SO (this franchise surely knows how to design its droid characters).

    What left me wishing for more was the pacing of events. Some of the scenes were over too quickly and some of the scenes…

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  • An American Werewolf in London

    An American Werewolf in London

    ★★★★

    John Landis recreates a terrific eerie atmosphere in the dark moors of Wales and moves it down to London without losing the film's credibility. I was afraid that the werewolf would turn out to be clumsy and plastic but fortunately this was not the case largely thanks to the special effects.

    Essentially the ending is great. No prolonged outro'ing or other nonsense. Clean cut and off to a couple of beers. That a boy, John!

  • Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry

    ★★★★

    Clint Eastwood's portrayal of an iconic mean cop character Harry Callahan is unarguably among the kings of action both as a character and a film. Forget about oiled and testosterone filled 1980s macho heroes because what else do you possibly need than a fitting suit and Magnum 44. Don Siegel's Dirty Harry is no Rambo but comes with a strong punch to guts.

    Today it's odd to think that Frank Sinatra was envisaged as Dirty Harry before Clint Eastwood was…