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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    On second viewing, the quote-unquote “problems” with the messy first half of this movie didn't bother me as much. But what still bugs me is the lack of confidence the Star Wars team had in this movie's ability to stand on its own—which I say while acknowledging that this movie and its story don’t exist without knowing what happens seconds after the credits roll.

    Ironically it might be the timidity (slash fan service) throughout—pointlessly inserting Ponda Baba and Dr. Evazan/Artoo…

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    ★★★★

    Far more of a government paranoia thriller than I remembered, which truly grounds it in its time in a way I could never appreciate when I first loved this movie as a kid.

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  • Colossal

    Colossal

    ★★½

    A clever idea spoiled by poor characterization and awkward leaps in motivation.

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★★

    Great casting, down to the tiniest side characters: Hannibal Burress, Martin Starr, Martha Kelly, Garcelle Beauvais, Donald Glover.

    And this movie, as funny and charming as it may be at times, falls flat without Tom Holland's wide eyes and Michael Keaton's cheeky snarl.