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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★½

    This could be a decent movie if it wasn’t wrapped in a lot of bad politics. With some bad writing drizzled on top. It’s one of those movies that starts in one place and ends in a completely different one for the characters. But there’s no real development. Just conflict on top of conflict. I would say it’s the same as BvS, but I’m more invested in this franchise. And that’s kinda sad.

  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man

    ★★★

    I think I laugh more in this film than I do with any other Marvel movie. It's mostly thanks to Peña, but Rudd is also a strong contributor to the film's humor. The plot certainly isn't airtight - it's got holes big enough that Scott Lang could probably fit through them, full-size. It works well enough as an origin story, but could be a lot better. Make all the excuses in the world - leaving Hope out of most of the fun was a crime. Can't wait for the sequel.

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    Go figure - I like a Star Wars movie. We live in an interesting time where our expectations for a franchise built on the success of a single film back in the 70s hinge on the very same cultural phenomenon. Filmmaking has certainly changed in the last 40 years, and Star Wars has changed with it. For all the stunted idol worship we've given the series, it still manages to produce exciting and adventurous films. Yeah, some of the best…

  • The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars

    ★★★½

    Review from the Louisiana International Film Festival premiere

    Damn me for liking this movie. The first 25 minutes tried REALLY hard to get me to walk out, but by that point I realized that the story was actually doing a good job of... being a story. And the characters were well-rounded. And the romance wasn't contrived. And it was (mostly) uphill from there. I'm genuinely happy that this film was a literal surprise (this was a secret screening held under lock and key until the moment it ran onscreen) and that I was not expecting to see it.