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  • The Great Wall

    The Great Wall

    ★★

    Not quite the "white guy saves helpless China" movie the detractors saw in the initial poster and trailers, but not that far from it, either. But take that dynamic away, and this is still a pretty, pageantry-filled, but still fairly standard monster movie, mighty familiar from World War Z, with Chinese money instead of Pepsi money calling the shots and dictating the content. As an American/Chinese collaboration, touching on both cultures' action storytelling modes, it's an interesting artifact of current blockbuster moviemaking, an experiment in whether it's possible to make a film for both countries. It's also fairly lumbering and predictable.

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★

    Hugh Jackman wraps up his run as Wolverine (really, he swears) in the grittiest, bloodiest, saddest way possible. The first R-rated Wolverine movie is full of heads getting split open and bodies being hacked up, but what really resonates is the emotional violence of a dying Logan (poisoned by his own adamantium skeleton) trying to care for a dying Professor X (in his 90s and no longer able to control his powers) while being called on to protect a little…

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★½

    I've been complaining for years that Batman doesn't spend enough time shooting people to death, torturing them with red-hot bat symbols, and making bush-league intellectual mistakes. Thank goodness Zack Snyder finally made a movie for me!

    Snark aside… My actual review over at Verge gets into how the film is built entirely around reacting to, and trying to combat, the reactions to Man Of Steel.

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out

    ★★★★★

    The comparison between this Pixar film's basic concept — a look inside an 11-year-old girl's head, where her emotions push for dominance — and the 1980s sitcom Herman's Head has been made many times. But it's not the concept, it's what Pixar vet and Up director Pete Docter and his team do with it. This is a speedy, often hilariously funny action-adventure, but it's also a mighty empathetic, sweet attempt to understand what sadness means, and why it's an important…