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  • The Meg

    The Meg

    I don't expect much from my giant shark movies, but I expect more than this. Roughly 70 percent of the dialogue is cringeworthy. The kills are uninspired and largely bloodless. The movie teases that the shark will finally be let loose on an unsuspecting public in the final act, but those scenes end up being as much of a bore as everything else. Jason Statham is awful yet still probably gives the best performance in the movie. Whatever Li Bingbing is doing can't really be considered a performance at all. Just a total mess from start to fin.

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★

    Watched this for the first time today on a 55-inch 1080p TV. Sorry about that, Chris Nolan. (I do have kickin’ surround sound at least, which is necessary for the bullets whizzing by and the Hans Zimmer bombast.)

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  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★

    An effective and minimalist horror flick with a great concept and an even greater synth-driven score. (And the latter isn't the only thing that will make you think of John Carpenter here.) Maika Monroe plays Jay, a bored suburban teen who has sex with her newest fling in a parked car and ends up relentlessly stalked by a methodical supernatural entity as a result. Sure, the film is a metaphor for STDs and the dangers of intimacy, but writer/director David…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    There was some thought pre-release that, this being the middle section of a new trilogy, writer/director Rian Johnson would be putting a spin on saga high-point The Empire Strikes Back. Which starts out kind of true until you realize that Johnson is putting a spin on Empire AND Return of the Jedi AND still finding time to create something truly new and daring for the Star Wars universe. This is not a bridge film to Episode IX. It’s a nearly…