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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    Consider this a placeholder for a more thorough review after I see it a second time. It’s ambitious, to be sure, and I *think* that ambition paid off but I need to see it again to refine my opinion.

  • Chinatown

    Chinatown

    ★★★★★

    I'm terrible at answering on the spot questions like "What's your favorite (blank)?" It usually depends on my mood. But if I'm picking for movies, this would probably be it. Two great stars, a thick plot, beautifully filmed and directed. An iconic poster to boot. It doesn't get better than this.

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  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ★★

    Nothing to contribute that hasn't already been produced by the orgy of bad reviews. This one should have been much better due to the cast.

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★★

    Seems like every movie released nowadays is either a prestige piece, a box office bonanza with roided out dudes and/or robots destroying a city while trying to kill each other because fragile masculinity, or an indie where the white person goes out into the world to find themselves. Movies are supposed to be fun, dammit and "The Nice Guys" does a great job of reminding us why. Good cast, good lines, good from start-to-finish. I wish Shane Black made a movie like this every year. Hopefully now that he's freed from Marvel's greasy tentacles, he can go back to doing what he does best.