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  • The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption

    ★★★★★

    One of the most crowd-pleasing films of all time but also simply one of the best, The Shawshank Redemption is a modern classic if I've ever seen one. I was somewhat trepidatious for this rewatch even if I already loved the film before--was I going to be turned off by the maudlin optimism or the incessant narration from Morgan Freeman? While both thoughts crossed my mind, I quickly found myself more enraptured in this vibrant tale than ever before.

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  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service

    ★★★★½

    Riotous and raucous by its very nature, Kingsman: The Secret Service is a self-assured, irreverent, and frequently badass homage to the spy film that never overstays its welcome, mostly because it cleverly assumes the guise of a self-deprecating film. Even missteps and foolish decisions (the anal sex joke, anyone?) can be written off at the behest of the tone of the rest of the film. Director Matthew Vaughn wants you to know that he and his crew are having a…

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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★½

    The characters are idiotic and the story's not all there, but there's at least enough excitement in the latter half to make it through. I just wish we hadn't seen as much alien as it gives us, especially since that aspect pales in comparison to the dual (duel) Fassbenders.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★★½

    It's good to see a comic book movie that so embraces the fact that it is indeed a comic book movie. The shot of the Ravengers being propelled out of their ship and floating in space is something straight out of a Bronze Age splash page. It's wacky and silly and fun, but also an emotional ride that treats its characters seriously and without judgment.