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  • The Big Chill

    The Big Chill

    ★★★½

    This is pretty solid. Each of the characters is just interesting enough and gets just enough screen time that I feel like I've gotten to know them a little and care about how things ultimately work out for them. Overall, there's nothing really wrong with it, but I didn't feel as emotionally connected to it as I hoped to. It's one that I feel might grow on me on a rewatch, though, so I'll have to give that a shot…

  • King Kong

    King Kong

    ★★½

    I have no doubt this would have been a fantastic movie to see in theaters. It's definitely going for a big spectacle feel to it. The problem comes in when the film attempts to attach meaning or profundity to what is, at its heart, just a series of dramatic images of monsters. The film is too heavily loaded with dramatic fight scenes and sweeping landscape panoramas to lend much weight to the humanity of the story beneath it. It's a…

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★

    Like so many movies by the Coens, I'm not exactly sure what to make of this. I like individual moments, but I'm not certain I can say it hangs together as a whole. My least favorite thing about the Coens has always been their ending choices, which frequently feel like they just abruptly stopped making the movie, rather than actually *ending* their story. That is definitely the case here, and I am once again left unsatisfied and a little puzzled…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★½

    At this point, this is my favorite Marvel superhero movie (I had to think for a bit about whether I liked it better than Iron Man, but I'm going to go with yes). It's what I wanted The Avengers to be: a light-hearted adventure with delightful characters and some surprisingly moving emotional moments. And I knew pretty early on I was going to love it. Specifically, the moment where Chris Pratt dances through the alien cave. The humor running throughout…