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  • Star Trek: Insurrection

    Star Trek: Insurrection

    ★★★★

    Patrick Stewart fighting the establishment in a leather jacket with a rifle and a beautiful woman on his arm? Sign me up.

  • Star Trek: First Contact

    Star Trek: First Contact

    ★★★★★

    Watching this again after a long time, I forgot how abruptly the film drops into the story. The disjointed setup is worth it, though, as the viewer straps in for a Borg techno-horror plot that noticeably steps up the intensity from the previous shows and movies.

    I appreciated that the script still had a trace of humor but in a much more palatable dose than Generations, and I really enjoyed Patrick Stewart taking Picard to an emotional edge (even if…

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  • Licence to Kill

    Licence to Kill

    ★★★★★

    I think this is one of the standout Bond films because its structure is so different from most. An actual feeling of loss gives Dalton's Bond the drive to go all-out; he is compellingly angry and even a little bit unhinged from start to finish.

    The cast in this movie is also quite nice. We get treated to an especially detailed villain in Robert Davi, a strong, capable Bond girl in Carey Lowell, and some fun bits from a young…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    In this movie I feel like Tarantino moved away from linear storytelling and closer to something more impressionistic. I enjoyed how the shots, the music and the caricature personalities in each scene all helped to build nostalgia for a certain time, a certain film, a certain feeling.

    I didn't even mind the lack of "resolution" from QT's typical finish or the slightly heavy-handed symbolism of its aftermath. I had too much fun enjoying the aesthetics on the way -- Brad…