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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    Too many cooks serving too many masters blunted the edges of this big-budget fan film ...

    ... but good grief does that big budget make for some of the greatest tableaux in Star Wars. The ending battle on Scarif is fairly good, too.

  • The Incredibles

    The Incredibles

    ★★★★★

    No point in quibbling; there are problems herein but none of them stop this being my favourite super hero story.

    Current observations:
    Sound design = supremely entertaining
    60s sci-fi tech = looks great
    Original score = still magnificent

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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.

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★½

    More of this please!