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  • The Incredible Jessica James

    The Incredible Jessica James

    ★★★½

    Jessica Williams is so charming that she basically carries the movie. And hooray for short running times!

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★

    It tails off a bit in the end, but this was still a lot of fun. I'd forgotten how much I liked the Blues Explosion back in college. Bellbottoms still works! Loved the practical effects in all the car chases; it's the kind of movie where you have to be careful not to drive super fast after seeing it.

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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