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  • Logan Lucky

    Logan Lucky

    ★★★★

    This is just so fun, though I should probably be more worried about how much I connect with the West Virginians that are the subject of the movie.

  • The Mummy

    The Mummy

    ★★★★½

    High creep factor!

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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★½

    Spielberg has crafted a marvelous five-star cyberpunk adventure that's trapped inside an elaborate, two-star, copyright-trampling fan mural.

    'Ready Player One' has so much in engaging symbolism and imaginative sci-fi hooks--plus the director's straight up talent for entertaining cinema--but it misses out on creating the one-of-a-kind universe of a 'Minority Report' or 'Jurassic Park' by instead filling out its edges with the sort of "reference-porn" we were worried about 'The LEGO Movie' turning into.

    I'll have to see this one multiple times to truly settle on a star rating, but for now ...
    ... 'Snow Crash' did it better.

  • Prometheus

    Prometheus

    ★★½

    I was going to write a huge essay on why I'm worried about movies like 'Prometheus' ...

    ... but the fact is, I won't stop rewatching it. I think I knew this the instant I saw it for the first time back in 2012: as a writer I'm always trying to improve my craft and that doesn't just mean reading/watching/listening to GOOD sci-fi, it also means the BAD sci-fi.

    'Prometheus' is bad. But it's also fascinating, and a much better…