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  • Wind River

    Wind River

    ★★★½

    Without a great director to keep him in check, Taylor Sheridan seems to lose some of his power. Nothing about his directing is subtle, and you get the impression that every line of the original script made its way into the film. 

    Otherwise, this was a very well-done thriller. A bit oreachy at times, sure, but overall it was full of surprising twists and great performances. Recommended for fans of Sheridan's past work or just dark thrillers in general.

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★

    A fitting end to the best set of popcorn flicks in recent memory. 

    The beautiful thing about this trilogy (aside from the special effects, of course) is the way that these movies can be used as a metaphor for so many things, even though they're not exactly deeply thought-provoking films. 

    And this one, moreso than the others before it, had a lot to say in its justifiably long runtime. How could such an open-ended series be wrapped up in a satisfying conclusion? 

    This is how.

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  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    ★½

    Aptly named.

  • X-Men

    X-Men

    ★★★★

    Rewatched this today with low expectations and it honestly holds up pretty well. Sure, there are some cheesy late 90s/early 2000s moments here, but overall it's a lot less ridiculous than it could have been.

     It's amazing to note the contrast between this film, the start of the X-Men universe, and Logan, which may be the end of it. There were a few rocky patches, but overall, the evolution has been great.