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  • Despicable Me 3

    Despicable Me 3

    ★★★

    More of the same, but less funny than the previous two. Lots of dry pockets punctuated by humor. The minions get two literal show-stopping numbers, which make the movie seem even longer.

  • The Post

    The Post

    ★★★

    A very good historical drama. Hanks and Streep are great. There's an amazing attention to detail and historical accuracy (well, for the most part). Spielberg keeps the tension up consistently, but blows the third act and makes it anti-climactic.

    The timing of the release of this film is purely political - intended to draw a parallel with what's going on with the press and the executive branch today. But it's a completely different circumstance, with today's totally biased press looking for any excuse to take down the president (and his Twitter antagonism isn't helping).

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  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    ★★★★★

    Still one of the greatest films of all time. This movie is an excellent example of what quality screenwriting looks like. The set-ups come quick and numerous, and the payoffs are deeply satisfying. The effects still hold up, and the two main characters are a joy to watch.

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★★

    Another excellent Marvel film. Did it have the same dramatic weight and polish as The Winter Soldier? No...but it's still tremendously entertaining. The Russos have ratched up the action, and it's glorious. All the characters have their chance to shine, especially newcomers like Spider-Man and Black Panther.