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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★½

    It's not the fact that the story completely retcons its prequel (and makes it almost completely irrelevant) nor the fact that the dialogue is awful nor the fact that plot logic is broken from start-to-finish or that the characters are never setup properly that hurts ALIEN COVENANT. After all, plenty of Ridley Scott's films have issues similar to these and still are a blast to watch.

    And while it is almost painful to see something as beautiful as the universe…

  • A Monster Calls

    A Monster Calls

    ★★★½

    A flawed, but incredibly earnest, attempt (perhaps the first ever) at adapting a kids-book-to-help-deal-with-cancer into a film. Cribbing from a variety of notable influences ranging from Neil Gaiman to Jim Henson, there's a core of genuine, raw, emotional power to be found in the second half of the film if you can ride along the narrative long enough. It's mostly the lead-up to the heavier stuff that gives A MONSTER CALLS its rocky start which, understandably, could fail to bring…

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  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    ★★★★★

    Perfection is a term that you have to be careful with before you dare to throw it around. It implies a kind of unique, finely-tuned, high-water mark that could almost not be exceeded without significantly altering the thing that is perfect to begin with. Perfection is also timeless, something that doesn't date unless it actually gets better with age. Perfection is hard to come by...but perfection is the seminal 1980's growing-up/time-travel/sci-fi/comedy extravaganza: BACK TO THE FUTURE. Like lightning that is…

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    ★★★★★

    While I can totally concede that this film stands completely on the shoulders of the original movie (at times being a near shot-for-shot remake) and its self-indulgent running time of almost 3 hours can give the impression that this is a blockbuster-sized adaptation on steroids, it goes without saying that this is still David Fincher's greatest achievement since his seminal FIGHT CLUB and his most beautiful work since SE7EN. Facts alone, with all remake-politics aside, that make this a worthwhile…