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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★½

    When I saw a few reactions from people saying that second viewings are a must because there's an awful lot to process, I didn't take them seriously. I do now.

    The Last Jedi is the kind of Star Wars sequel I wanted when I walked out of The Force Awakens two years ago. If The Force Awakens existed in some sort of comfort zone, The Last Jedi took so many giant leaps out of it, and I'd say, at this…

  • The Brothers Bloom

    The Brothers Bloom

    ★★★

    I should have loved this. Rian Johnson's at the helm, he seems to blend Edgar Wright and Wes Anderson's visual styles with his own, and there's some cool caper stuff goin' on. In the end, I just thought it was alright-ish. The unique charm that coarses through it during the first half-hour peters out at a point and then it drags to the finish line.

    That being said, I think my admittedly poor viewing environment actually had a bit of a negative effect on my feelings toward The Brothers Bloom, so giving it another go in the future isn't out of the question.

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  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond

    ★★★★

    "You gave your girlfriend a tracking device?"

  • X-Men: Apocalypse

    X-Men: Apocalypse

    ★★★

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

    My first rewatch, and I noticed the bigger flaws a lot more than when I saw it back in June.

    It's too darn long and unfocused. It takes a good hour for the ball to really get rolling, after cutting from location to location, plot point to plot point, character to character, and that's not good. The remaining hour sends the film down generic superhero movie climax lane, with cities being destroyed and super punches and all that jazz.

    I…