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  • The Founder

    The Founder

    ★★½

    Ray Kroc is not a new kind of evil. He doesn't have the same villainous attributes as Mark Zuckerberg (via "The Social Network"). He's a classic villain, but unfortunately this film doesn't seem to understand that. They want part of his rise to be a sympathetic one. The road to capitalism is paved with... good intentions? Nah, I don't buy that. But nice try, Weinsteins. Michael Keaton is terrific.

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★½

    The "Apocalypse Now" references are laid on heavily, but this still closes out one of the greatest modern trilogies in spectacular fashion. It honestly feels wrong to nitpick with storytelling this good.

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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.