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  • Inception

    Inception

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “Come back to reality, Dom.”

    I’m about eight years late to get on the fan theory bandwagon, but I am starting to suspect . . . as much as I hate to consider the implications . . . but Cobb might still be dreaming after all . . . and I don’t want it to be true.

    But no matter—

    However you read the ending, this film is still pretty amazing. I wish the pacing was a little tighter—it could’ve…

  • Kung Fu Panda 3

    Kung Fu Panda 3

    ★★★½

    "In the third film, Po learns that the best way to be a teacher is to show others not how to become more like him but how to recognize and cultivate their own latent potential. He takes his key character trait of appreciation — something we’ve already seen demonstrated across three films — and uses it for instruction. He runs around the panda village of his father, excitedly showing the villagers how their mundane skills and personality quirks can be…

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  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★★★

    “Maybe it’s time we all stopped trying to fight the truth and let it have its day.”

    This movie is underrated. Sure, it can be frustratingly sloppy with its plot mechanics and some characters arcs, and it sometimes feels monotonous and pedestrian—it just doesn’t have the spark that the previous two films had—but, to be fair, it’s almost impossible to make a fully satisfying conclusion to a film trilogy, and Rises should be credited for its expansive vision and how…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★½

    “This is not going to go the way you think.”

    Indeed. Rian Johnson’s study of Star Wars—it’s more helpful to view all post-Lucas installments as an anthology of essays from his scholars, with varying aims and interpretations, rather than embracing or rejecting them by “What Would George Do?”—The Last Jedi is challenging and cheeky, ingenious and incendiary, unlike any Star Wars, or really any movie, I’ve ever seen. I had high expectations. But this is not at all what I…