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  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    ★★½

    Murder on the Orient Express (2017) is so impossibly old-fashioned that I had to check my hands afterward for liver spots. It is at least a richly detailed film, with top-notch work by production designer Jim Clay and costume designer Alexandra Byrne, but for all its exquisite trappings – the fine woods, leather, and china that adorn the coach, and the glitzy garb – it's too uneven and unfeeling a film to invest in. Christie's richly drawn characters become broad…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    Despite its 163-minute runtime, Blade Runner 2049 moves at a steady clip and doesn't get bogged down by the kind of drawn-out dialogue scenes that make the original feel so protracted and ponderous. It isn't action-packed, but it's never boring because you're invested in the characters and the mystery they're trying to solve. It's still very much a movie where you feel the length, but it doesn't feel as laborious as the original, which is considerably shorter (117 minutes). If…

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  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★

    Screenwriter Allan Heinberg, who wrote a five-issue Wonder Woman series for DC in 2006, understands all of these characters better than most, giving Diana dimension beyond the idea of the Strong Female Lead™. Diana isn't just a fierce warrior, she's allowed to be vulnerable, sensitive, confident, funny, romantic—everything, all at once. She doesn't hide her intelligence or her emotions, but carries the courage of her convictions everywhere she goes. She is fucking heroic, with an earnest desire to do right by others. That's a rare thing these days, in movies or otherwise.

    Full review: www.firstshowing.net/2017/review-patty-jenkins-wonder-woman-embodies-power-and-grace/

  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★

    OK, so let's go ahead and get this out of the way: Justice League is not a good movie. While it's marginally better than Suicide Squad, Snyder's latest is just as uneven and incoherent as Batman v Superman — a huge step backward for the DCEU after finally getting on track with Wonder Woman. Terrio and Whedon's script depicts the members of the League as loners and misfits who need work together to save the world. And while the story…