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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    I'm not sure if I've the wherewithal for a full review, but as only the second movie I've seen in a theater this year, Mad Max: Fury Road deserves at least some note.

    George Miller's lesson here: go big or don't even get out of bed. Not merely in terms of sheer inventive spectacle, but in making it count. I don't want to make too big an argument out of it, but with Age of Ultron being the only other…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A man faces the consequences when his attempt to do better puts the world at the mercy of a soulless machine.

    Roughly, this is the plot of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Arguably, it's also the possible fate Joss Whedon sought to avoid when making this followup to the franchise’s first installment.

    In the end, Whedon ends up with a summer blockbuster that I enjoyed despite not always surmounting the challenge of trying to make a sequel that's not merely a…

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  • Star Trek Into Darkness

    Star Trek Into Darkness

    At some point during the third act of Star Trek Into Darkness, I realized that I actually was bored. In the midst of whatever number it was of the countless series of over-energized set pieces which comprise the film, I realized that I actually had tuned out and mentally drifted away. When the movie was over, I dubbed it “okay, at best”. By the time I got home, I’d moved on through “let down” and fully into disappointment.

    This wasn’t…

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    Beautiful. I was most taken by how it consisted almost more of a series of vignettes than scenes, per se, each with very specifically constructed beginnings, middles, and ends. Very little that was merely some sort of connective tissue to get from one bit to another, and even what connective tissue there was served more as interludes between vignettes. Beautiful. Go, little Persian-language black-and-white kind of feminist vampire western, go.