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  • Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    ★★★½

    I think this might be the best sequel ever. Not the best movie that happens to be a sequel, but relatively speaking the best follow up to an original. It is so close to the original's sense of humor and quality (even if you rate the original badly) but tells a completely unique story compared to the first. Its not JUST another time travel story.

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    ★½

    I think Johnny Depp's particular breed of sociopath routine for Wonka totally works, but the needless flashbacks and even more problematic indentured servitude of the oompa loops make for a hard watch. There were seemingly so many things that could have simply been subtext that had to be over-explained for the sake of a Batman Begins esque origin story that intends to explain the reasoning behind every minute detail

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  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    ★★★½

    yea, I dug it. Outside Marvel and Star Wars, no one is making blockbusters as consistently good as Guy Ritchie. Sword, sandals, and sorcery are not usually my favorite. They are too dry and self-serious, usually with some Shakespeare-lite dialog. This is basically Lock, Stock, and 1 Magical Sword. Kinetic pace and roguishly charming characters. Pretty good time as long as you can tolerate 2 video game cutscenes passed off as action sequences

  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★½

    I like Terrance Malick’s movies, in theory. They are like National Geographic documentaries. They have this curious camera that candidly moves through scenes looking for emotions as if they are animals to be glimpsed at briefly in the wild. They throw out all pretense of having a storyline of any sort thus becoming more like a song, an amorphous depiction of emotion. For me, that sort of robs it of its empathy. Cinema has been about sharing an emotional experience,…