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  • The Post

    The Post

    ★★★½

    The Post is precisely the type of well-crafted journalistic procedural that you would expect from the holy filmmaking trinity of Stephen Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. Superbly well-acted and filled with his usual amount of optimistic schmaltz, The Post leaves subtlety at the door (it’s the anti-Spotlight) and spells out its themes in large, bold newsprint.

    Set in 1971 during the Vietnam War, the film explores the exposing of damning classified documents that detail America’s involvement in the war…

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★½

    I much prefer In Bruges, but this film does a formidable job of holding your attention. I also worship anything Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell do. So there's that.

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  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★

    Well, I guess we are forced to call that a movie. I mean...images and sounds were combined.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★

    This review was first published at: www.thisisfilm.com/reviewsfeatures/second-take-review-batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice-2016

    “Be their hero, Clark. Be their angel, be their monument, be anything they need you to be... or be none of it. You don't owe this world a thing. You never did.”

    This line perfectly sums up the convoluted and internally conflicted ideologies that poison and destroy the entire Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice experience. In trying to be everything DC fans could dream of and more, the bloated film ends up…