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  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★

    It turns out that all they needed to make 'Deadpool' better was pumping up the style and the irreverence. And sure, a splash of (diabetic) sincerity doesn't hurt either.

    I was in the camp who thought the first movie was just ... all right. It was far from a mess, but took a little too much immature joy out of the fact that they were allowed to use the word "fuck" more than once on camera.

    Now that they've got…

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★★

    Anger and hatred work in cycles. One hurt inspires another hurt, which inspires another hurt, which inspires another hurt. So on and so forth.

    I think most movies with this message would want to tackle it in the broadest strokes possible, applying that kernel of wisdom to sociological issues like racism or war. I respect 'Three Billboards' for resisting the temptation to do that. It keeps its story small, using the little town of Ebbing as a microcosm of the…

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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…