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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★

    After an gripping opening whose frantic pace and editing refuses to let go, Halloween (2018) immediately gives slack once the opening credits pass, making this sequel/reboot a tease of nothing more than a standard Blumhouse horror flick. Giving credit where credit's due, the opening scene of reintroducing Michael Myers to the world--encased in a prison where barbed wire features prominently, where he's chained to a cinder block and as silent as ever--portends his viciousness and the seriousness of his return.…

  • Spider-Man 3

    Spider-Man 3

    ★★

    Sam Raimi is a prescient director, able to predate the frenzy of the superhero genre, and its eventual bloating and probable abrupt cancellation. Starting with opening credits that go over literally every plot point from the first two films, Spider-Man 3 never really sets up a central conflict other than the straining relationship between Peter and Mary Jane; rather, a menagerie of villains spontaneously appear like a less fun version of Too Many Cooks, only to create various roadblocks on…

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  • I Can Only Imagine

    I Can Only Imagine

    ★★½

    >"So we're still a band?"
    >"No, we're a family."
    >Cut to gorgeous aerial shot of the American Western landscape

    In what's bafflingly the most inconsistent film in terms of quality, I Can Only Imagine seems like a thought experiment of taking a script from the bottom of the Christian TV movie waste basket and deciding to give it quality acting, directing, and production design. The writing is flat out bad, filled with characters saying exactly what they're feeling, characters flipping…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★½

    If there's one thing that the 10 years of tinkering and perfecting the Marvel Cinematic mold can provide, it is a money-back guarantee that you will be entertained. Avengers: MacGuffin War can be described as ambitiously all-inclusive at best and irresponsibly indulgent at worst; you'll leave feeling stuffed and satiated. Whether that's a hearty meal or a sugar infused one depends on the expectations while watching it, but there's no doubt that Marvel once again delivers on its promise of…