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  • Free Fire

    Free Fire

    ★★★

    Guns, blood, squibs, and John Denver. Light on plot and thin on character, but it's got enough style and star power to keep you entertained for an hour and a half. Ben Wheatley's direction is solid, but it's the cast that really makes this as engaging as it is. Brie Larson and Sharlto Copley are as good as ever, but Armie Hammer ends up being the standout for me. The more I see of the guy, the more I like him as an actor.

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★½

    Solid. The kind of movie which starts out okay and gets progressively better as it goes along. Besides the awkward flashbacks to 'Captain America: Civil War,' this feels like one of the more standalone Marvel films. I suppose it also helps to have glimpsed Andy Serkis's character in the second 'Avengers' movie, but it's not a necessary introduction at all.

    A lot has been made about the fact that the cast and crew of this movie are predominantly black, but…

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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★★★

    It never gets old.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    When 'The Force Awakens' came out, I remember feeling a little concerned. Not because I didn't enjoy the movie, but because I foresaw Disney taking what might be the lazy route in making these new 'Star Wars' movies. The series' fictional universe is absolutely massive, with near-unlimited opportunities to tell stories that are new and unique.

    But I was afraid Disney would be stuck rehashing the original trilogy, in the same way 'The Force Awakens' did for the original 'Star…