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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★

    Great horror typically invokes a very human fear and is told in such a way that creates empathy for the characters regardless of who may sit in the audience - this captures the fear of fatherhood extremely well.

    Every man has, at one time or another, considered the terrifying scenario that one day they won't be able to keep their family safe. It's a haunting concept, the idea that one day your child or partner will look to you for…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★

    Filmmakers: Ok, so here's our premise; Humanity lives in a dystopian future where everyone escapes their depressing world into a nostalgia-driven fantasy of virtual reality. The film shall be teaming with fan-service and references to every piece of pop culture you could think of.

    Me: Hmmm, well there's a lot of criticism going around these days about films putting fan-service at the forefront in the hopes that people's basic visceral need to see stuff they recognize will cloud their judgement…

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  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★

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

    Spider-Man Homecoming is a market researcher's dream, the kind of thing that can only come from 6 writers, a director-for-hire, and 2 studios bending over backwards to manage the feat of making the 3rd big screen Spider-Man incarnation without pissing anyone off. The result is a sanitized, test-audience-proofed, safe, watered-down and completely disposable "action" movie that happens to have a purposely underwritten Spider-Man at its center.

    What trips it up ultimately is just how disingenuous the whole thing feels.

    Oh…

  • Stuart Little 2

    Stuart Little 2

    ★★★★★

    Snowbell is the hero we deserve.