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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ½

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

    Ugh, I hated this movie. Some very interesting ideas, but it was too slow and ultimately went absolutely nowhere. One thing I don't understand is: Why are they all freaked out when the aliens use the word "weapon"? How the heck did they learn that word if it wasn't used before?

    My biggest reason for loathing this film, however, is its ending. It's one of those stupid saved-by-self-from-the-future deus ex machina endings. Aside from not making any real sense as…

  • The Lego Batman Movie

    The Lego Batman Movie

    ★★

    Some moments of hilarity, beautiful CGI, but the overall story felt pretty standard / cliche for a children's animated film.

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  • 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.

  • 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…