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  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I wanted to like Ant-Man And The Wasp a lot more than I actually did, honest! It had some inspired moments that I genuinely enjoyed, really! But, alas, it seemed for every memorable moment or sequence in it, there followed a dry, low-energy stretch that dragged on for 15 minutes (at least), where the film completely just went through the motions, hitting standard, expected plot beats without leaving much of an impression, becoming mired in its own overly convoluted, over-populated…

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    While Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn't quite (in the immortal words of Ian Malcolm) "a big pile of shit", it isn't far off from that either, as it's defined more by its plethora of missed opportunities than what little it gets right, and it just ends up being a rather lazy, unnecessary bit of schlock in the end. When it's not desperately squeezing in references to and recycling elements from previous films, such as a first half that's basically just…

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Okay, okay, I get it; the last thing the world needed was even more discussion of The Dark Knight. After all, if you take into account both its critical acclaim and massive, unprecedented commercial success, with it being the first superhero movie to break the $1 billion mark worldwide, and the best reviewed superhero movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, it's probably THE most important, influential blockbuster of at least the past decade, if not even longer. Very few…

  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★★★

    The long-awaited sequel to the incredible (sorry) 2004 original, The Incredibles 2 doesn't quite have the same freshness, overall focus of storytelling, or attention to detail of the original (certain important plot points seem occasionally underplayed or even forgotten about completely here), and I am disappointed that returning writer/director Brad Bird chose to split the family up (again) this time rather than letting them fight together and play off of one another some more, seeing as the whole solo superheroing…

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    For all the bad buzz surrounding Solo, whether it be its somewhat middling reviews, its relatively disappointing box office take, or all the behind-the-scenes turmoil surrounding its production (including firing the 21 Jump Street-rebooting duo if Phil Lord and Christopher Miller due to a dispute over creative direction in favor of Hollywood yes-man Ron Howard, who reportedly reshot over 80% of the film), the final product is actually kind of enjoyable.

    Sure it's a fundamentally shallow, disposable, unnecessary, and pandering…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★½

    Ready Player One was hardly a great film, with its occasionally lackluster attention to detail when it came to certain story/character developments, a somewhat overrliance on nostalgic pop culture easter eggs, and an overusage of fairly garish CGI when it came to creating the virtual world within (I actually think it would've been a better-looking, more intriguing choice to film The Oasis with as many live-action elements as possible, to help further drive home the point that people in the…

  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★½

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    Despite me not minding a bit of lowbrow humor in my movies every now and then (I grew up loving the Austin Powers trilogy, for heck's sake), I didn't think much of the original Deadpool; yes, it was novel for basically being a straight-up comedy wearing a superhero (movie) disguise, yes, it was refreshing to have a "super"hero who could flagrantly break all the 4th walls he wanted to in the awareness that he was a cinematic hero, and yes,…

  • Inception

    Inception

    ★★★★½

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    About every decade or so, a new, iconic sci-fi/actioner seems to be come out and completely capture the imaginations of both the critics and the general public alike, for better or worse; in the middle of the 80's, James Cameron's The Terminator shocked audiences everywhere with its dark, nightmarish visions of a post-apocalyptic future. At the end of 90's, the Wachowskis produced The Matrix, amping up the genre with a blend of unbelievable cyber-punk action and basic (but still intriguing)…

  • Tully

    Tully

    ★★★★

    Tully is kind of strange one, although not for the most part; it's just that, there's a particular curveball of a story development that comes near the end of its (mostly) straightforward, ultra-domesticated, slice-of-life narrative that's rather unexpected, especially coming in this kind of a film, one that's never particularly telegraphed, either in the marketing or by the film itself, although... it isn't really what I'd call the good kind of unexpected, as this development didn't add much to my…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★½

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    Oil; the thick, black, precious liquid bubbles away omniously, lurking underground as far as the eye can see across the desolate, turn-of-the-century California landscape, as people are quite literally baptized and buried in it, so insidiously pervasive its presence is, driving men mad with a lustful, insatiable greed, and planting fantasies in their heads of becoming impossibly rich from what is essentially a raping of this rich, virgin land. One of the men driven by this madness (and many, many…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★

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    After nearly 20 films, over 14 billion dollars (and counting) in worldwide box office totals, and a full decade of existence, the "MCU" (or in full, the Marvel Cinematic Universe) certainly has very little to prove to anyone anymore (at least, not to any Disney shareholders); it's the highest-grossing film franchise in history by a magnitude of billions, the first (and still only) modern example of a consistently successful "cinematic universe" coming out of Hollywood, and with multiple, in-development projects…

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia

    ★★★★★

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    The Arabian desert; an absolutely brutal, pitiless, and unforgiving landscape, the ruthless, scorching daytime sun beats down on it relentlessly, as a veritable ocean's worth of sand stretches out to the horizon, seeming to go on for an eternity and beyond, creating one of the harshest, most inhospitable places on the planet. Even more endless than this desert, however, are the sheer complexities of the human soul, both in its capacity for good as well as evil, and in almost…