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  • Tomorrowland

    Tomorrowland

    ★★★★

    Movies like Tomorrowland put me in a helluva critical bind. If I saw this without reading any reviews, without knowing that it's only 50% "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes, I would have had no qualms giving it four stars. "Four star movie!" I'd have said, and not thought a thing wrong with it.

    But I saw the ratings. I knew it was largely considered a disappointment. Only a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. And I don't want to be the guy that…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★

    Superhero movies rarely deliver on hype. Based on the amount of eye rolling I did during the first couple of scenes, I figured Wonder Women would be another so-so trek into mildly enjoyable (but ultimately disposable) superhero cinema.

    In a rare case of a film being able to overcome a bad first impression, Wonder Woman ends up impressing with its fluid as fuck action sequences (the beach scene, in particular, is worth a standing ovation) and good on-screen chemistry between…

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  • Phantasm

    Phantasm

    ★★★★★

    HOW HAVE I NOT SEEN THIS BEFORE.
    THIS FILM IS PERFECTION.

    I thought it was going to be another time waster. It opens with a typical horror sex scene, with some bonus b-movie-style cuts. But then the film morphs into something utterly captivating.

    Like, everything about it is so perfect I don't even know what to talk about; it all deserves better words than I can give it.

    The sound? The sound is phenomenal. A John Carpenter-esque soundtrack. Except kind…

  • Cube

    Cube

    ★★★

    I think Cube is probably a whole lot less successful watching it in 2018 than back in 1997 when it released. Cube is officially able to drink alcohol now. In the years since Cube released, a lot of films have riffed on the idea of a bunch of people being taken, put in a dangerous trap without much (or any) information, and seeing how (or if) they survive. The Saw series, of course, is an obvious point of comparison, but…

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  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★★

    In college I was an English major with a minor in Journalism. I went that route because Journalism was the only English-related minor that, at my University, an English major could take. But as I went through the classes to get my minor, I came to realize two things:

    1. I had a deep love of what newspaper do and a respect for the people who write the stories.

    2. My personality would never hold up in the journalistic world.…

  • Joy

    Joy

    ★½

    David O. Russell needs to pause for a moment and look at the career of Tim Burton. Tim Burton started off as an intriguing, creative director, but then he fell in love with Johnny Depp and Helen Bonham Carter and he stopped making movies, he started making backyard jungle gyms for his new infatuations to play about in. Quality tanked, movies sucked, life goes on because there are plenty of movies out there to watch that aren't Burton/Carter/Depp lovefests.

    David…