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  • Bad Samaritan

    Bad Samaritan

    ★★★

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

    Big dumb fun. Not as technically well-made as I typically like my genre junk to be, but a good time at the cineplex. Standout moments include Tennant's villain realizing he's been tricked into a facetime/videocall self-reveal and yelling out in physical anguish, and a hilarious sequence in which the hero-thief's stepdad and mom both lose their jobs within seconds as a result of some pretty specific accusations, planted stolen jobsite equipment in the former case and a random allegation of child endangerment in the latter case.

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★½

    Listen, if I thought any of those deaths were actually permanent, I'd be on board with this film as being way less self-interested than you'd expect from a corporate product. But you'd have to be willfully naive not to think this is all just going to be undone when the next issue comes out.

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

    Docked a half-star for the digital bastardizations of two human faces.  If I wanted to see a video game I'd play video games.  It smacks of a dearth of filmmaking imagination.  Think of how much more effective the end would have been if you'd only seen Leia's back and heard her voice.  It's an even better alternative now, post-Carrie Fisher's death.

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★

    The overly-nostalgic of us born in the '70s are always chasing the new ALIEN or BLADE RUNNER or THE THING, and this is it. However, it's not the new STALKER, regardless of any similarities in story or attempted tone. Candidly, the qualitative difference between Garland's atheism and Tarkovsky's Christianity goes a long way toward explaining why the scope is narrower in terms of the actual danger presented to the people who enter the "zone" in each film. We're still primarily…