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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★½

    Really fun movie. Beautiful cinematography, great pacing, engaging writing... overall, very well-made.

    That said, my expectations were a bit high. I was on the fence about whether or not to see this in theaters, but after seeing some glowing reviews, and considering it was in 3D (I love 3D!), I decided to go. While the solid story and writing kept me engaged for the 2.5+ hour running time and featured memorable characters and plenty of interesting twists, I can't say…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★

    It's rare to see blood spatters burst and drip so realistically around bullet holes in walls. This is certainly the movie fans of gratuitous gun violence have long waited for. Honestly, there's great action sequences here, it's really nice to see some brutal physical violence that's not all just shaky cam and rapid cuts. Still, the overall story just bored me to death. I was ready to just fall asleep in between the action sequences. I know I'll still watch…

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  • It

    It

    ★★★½

    Very fun horror film. Although I'm too desensitized for any of this to be actually very scary (as I suppose most adults are), the horror sequences are certainly better crafted than in most horror, always leaving you to anticipate the clown's next appearance. As much as I enjoy Tim Curry's Pennywise, this new Pennywise is certainly far more sinister and demonic, thanks not only to modern make-up and effects, but some creepier acting. Fun movie, I look forward to "Chapter Two"!

  • Compulsion

    Compulsion

    ★★

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

    Starts out interesting as two apparent sociopaths murder a child and try to keep their crime a secret. It's a bit of a cat and mouse game as the police close in on them. Then Orson Welles appears and the film suddenly becomes preachy anti-capital punishment propaganda? Regardless on your views on capital punishment, it feels completely out of place for this to be the main subject of the closing act. Orson Welles's closing speech is not nearly as eloquent or stirring as the writer probably thought. I give the film a couple stars for the interesting first half, but the closing act was just pathetic.