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  • Super 8

    Super 8

    ★★★½

    Not bad, but Stranger Things shows how it’s really done.

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    ★★★★½

    I don’t know why i keep coming back to this particular film. Maybe because it’s the only part in the series that feels actually real? Maybe because it’s the only “good” adaptation of a mediocre series of books?* Maybe because it’s the only Harry Potter movie that works on more than just the surface level? Well, it’s probably all of the above.

    * I know i’m going to get a lot of flak for this, but i never found the…

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    ★★★

    Somewhat better the second time around (which is curious to me, since most “bad movies” only get worse upon repeat), but it still saddens me that this is not “The Fifth Element, Part II”.

  • Mr. Nobody

    Mr. Nobody

    ★★★★½

    Three separate storylines set over three periods in time, framed by a story set in the far future (and yet another one set in a time before birth), that are all basically one and the same – and you in the audience are not getting confused. What a masterwork of editing.

    I’m still blown away that this movie ever got finished.

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★½

    Well, Donald Glover owns the role of Lando Calrissian – and that’s about the only thing that left me surprised (in a positive way). The rest of the film was just “stuff that happens”, and it was all stuff that we had already known from previous films; but now that we have seen them, they’re all somewhat smaller than we imagined…

    Star Wars Ranked

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★½

    Instead of being a fanfilm and nothing more (and that is all The Force Awakens was), this one is desperately trying to be different. If you stripped away the “Star Wars” part from its title, it would simply be “Random Sci-Fi Action Spectacle of the Summer, Part XXVIII”. (And maybe the film would be better then.)

    Star Wars Ranked

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★

    Visually ambitious and thematically intriguing, but ultimately it’s Prometheus all over again. Instead of the nonsensical Engineers, we at least get a totally incomprehensible alien life form (which is a good thing), but why oh why do we have to have the same idiotic team of so-called “scientists”? The film could be brilliant (and several scene really are, both in terms of atmosphere and creepiness), but it’s weighed down heavily by one stupid character move after the next.

  • Tomb Raider

    Tomb Raider

    ★★½

    Generic and predictable. Alicia Vikander is fantastic, though, and kind of saves the film from becoming too boring.

  • Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs

    ★★★

    Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of three iconic Apple product launches, set in 1984, 1988, and 1998. Because of this structure, it feels like a theatre play, which in and of itself isn’t a bad thing, but it comes with a few problems.

    As great as Michael Fassbender was in this, i did not for one second see Steve Jobs; i only ever saw Michael Fassbender. The man can recite dialog rather well (and he does create a…

  • Serenity

    Serenity

    ★★★½

    I love Firefly (the TV show) to bits; and while this movie offers a closure to the series, it's not on the same level. The focus of the film lies too heavily on action, to the point where it gets tedious, and misses much of the far more interesting character interactions and alternative ways to end a conflict that were so great in the series. The ultimate reveal of what both River and the Reavers are feels tacked on and…

  • Score: A Film Music Documentary

    Score: A Film Music Documentary

    ★★★

    For a movie that wants to celebrate music, the sound mixing was actually terrible: Some parts were too loud (the music, in particular), while others were too quiet (the dialogue, mostly); but it was inconsistent, too. And while there are a lot of interviews, the film gets rather repetitive and boring by the end, and it became more of a “let's pat ourselves on the back” self-adulation.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    THIS is how you make a proper sequel! You can keep your Force Awakens, Prometheuses, King Kongs, and Jurassic Worlds while i’ll be happily rewatching this one.

    If i have one gripe with Blade Runner 2049, it still has too much fanservice in it. For example, the opening close-up shot of the eye has no place in this. Eyes were an integral part of the first film, but not so much in the sequel. So why put it in, other…