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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    ★★★

    It was more all over the map than I remembered with some real high points and some truly odd scenes. The character interaction doesn't work as well, and the Tri-Wizard tournament was always an odd thing from Rowling. Still, the ending is surprisingly dark, and there's enough to make this an okay bridge to the better later films.

  • Magic Journeys

    Magic Journeys

    ★★★★

    I saw this at EPCOT Center as a kid in the '80s and remember being freaked out by it. Watching it today, it's even crazier than I remembered! I'm still a little amazed this actually played at a Disney theme park. It's wonderfully trippy even on YouTube and had to be something to see in 3D in the '80s and early '90s.

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  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★½

    After watching Blackhat so recently, I was amazed to remember that Mann did even more impressive visual work here. L.A. is gorgeous in this film, and Mann gets amazing mileage out of just shooting Foxx and Cruise in a car. I also forgot about brief cameos from Jason Statham and Javier Bardem, who owns the screen as the man behind the curtain.

    www.ptsnob.com/2015/02/michael-mann-collateral.html

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★

    It has quite a spectacle, and I can see a decent movie lurking somewhere in all the mess. Despite a bunch of good actors in the mix, I just didn't care about what happened. It also moves way too fast. It's okay to stop and let us breathe here and there. The weight of trying to do the "Batman vs. Superman" story, Luthor, Wonder Woman, the start of the Justice League, future enemies, and Doomsday is just too much for any movie to handle. The problem isn't that this movie is dark; it just doesn't have much of a soul.

    Review: www.ptsnob.com/2016/12/superhero-catch-up-civil-war.html