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  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★½

    Great Wolverine movie, probably the best. (I'd give it a higher rating if I was a bigger fan of X-Men.) As I've heard others say, it feels more like a western than a comic book movie (and there are some direct references to "Shane"), which somehow works surprisingly well. Despite its 2+ hours running time, it's very economically written. Each and every scene is meaningful and moves the story forward, either in regards to action or character development or both, so that I found myself fully engaged throughout. Some of the plot turns were a bit obvious, but still worked. Very nicely done.

  • Live by Night

    Live by Night

    ★★

    Fun action sequences, but the story in between them felt empty and pointless. I found myself not caring much about any of the characters at all. And any moment any character talked about something spiritual, it just came off as silly at best. "This is heaven" is a repeated line. What? Is that supposed to mean something profound? It comes off as stupid writing. Just didn't work for me. Bleh!

    Oh, and what a stupid nonsense ending. "Repent!" Oh brother.

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  • Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic

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

    A man is raising his kids in the woods, brainwashing them against the modern world. They're factually intelligent, but culturally and socially inexperienced. The film never worked for me as I could never get myself to empathize with the annoyingly stupid condescending main character; he never felt real to me, he always felt like a concept that a writer came up with, despite Viggo Mortensen's worthy performance.

    I also did not think it was dramatically fair for no other characters…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★★★

    Loved this even more than the first. Since the characters are already established, we're able to dive right in and start having fun. Some of the humor was a bit raunchy for me, but most of it I found hilarious, especially the exchanges between Mantis and Drax, they had me on the verge of tears. Baby Groot was also awesome in every scene he was in; adult Groot should just go ahead and continually sacrifice himself so we can get…