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  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

    ★★★★½

    83/100

    Stripping Tony Stark of his suit of armor, both literally and figuratively, Iron Man 3 is proof that Iron Man movies are best when Iron Man isn't on screen. It's Tony Stark left to his own devices, thrust into a small town in Tennessee; forced to play detective and contemplate a future full of things he cannot comprehend. Aliens, gods, magic; Stark's scientifically wired mind responds to these foreign concepts by suffering crippling panic attacks at the mention of…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers

    ★★★★★

    98/100

    A resounding confirmation of the advantages that come with building a cinematic universe. Of creating a stylistically consistent world in which characters can cross-pollinate each other's films and sustain a steady, independent integrity despite this. The Avengers is simply a blast. A sublime, entertaining and beautifully constructed piece of popcorn entertainment that fulfills every expectation. Whedon opts for simplicity as his greatest weapon, presenting a rather straightforward good vs evil plot that predictably demands the ragtag team of heroes…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    I've been seeing lots of "controversy" over the supposed value of La La Land vs something like Moonlight, usually insinuating that La La Land's comparative levity somehow renders it lesser. My quick two cents would that be that yes, Moonlight is a magnificent portrait of masculinity in 2017's world, with broad, valuable insights on how race, sexual preference (*orientation*) and class all influence and inform one's identity. Basically a vehicle and showcase for compassion and empathy in a world seemingly…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    In light of recent events, I'm reminded of Fermi's paradox. A cynical and unsettling notion which suggests the reason we've never been contacted by extraterrestrial intelligent life is that the no civilization has survived long enough to innovate to that level. Or, in simpler terms, that the fundamental nature of intelligent life is to ultimately destroy itself. As tech and sciences progress further and further, what matters is how we allocate that technology; what leaders we elect to control it…