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  • The Great Wall

    The Great Wall

    ★★★½

    I watched this the same night as Alien: Covenant. This movie has better alien monsters, but I felt sorry for Andy Lau being tasked with holding them off by pointing a rock at them. Fans of spectacle and technique will find much to enjoy here, as will fans of the silly hero story with veiled commentary we've seen countless times. There's silly banter worthy of a grin sprinkled throughout. All I needed was the monsters. This is a very well done "who cares" movie. Don't be afraid.

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★½

    I really enjoyed this but was disappointed in how clumsily the big switcheroo card was played. We all knew it had to be played and Scott should have taken more responsibility in playing it well. I liked that a lot of players get killed off before it seems like their turn, but I didn't get to know them well enough to be sufficiently over-bummed.

    The (I assume) New Zealand locations are breathtaking.

    Strikes and gutters. I want more monster in the next one.

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  • Our Little Sister

    Our Little Sister

    ★★★★★

    I applaud Koreeda for exploring "nice". It's got to be one of the greater challenges a filmmaker faces.

  • The Wailing

    The Wailing

    ★★★★½

    First of all, Hong-jin Na is the man; this is an amazing film and may be one of the best horrors of the last ten years--which may be saying more about the genre than the film, but I don't watch a lot of horror so my opinion is flawed.

    I think I can do this without spoiling.

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