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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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  • The Stranger

    The Stranger

    ★★★★½

    When I watched Double Indemnity earlier this year, I spent a good chunk of my review gushing about Edward G. Robinson's performance. Now, after watching his lead performance here in The Stranger, I'm flat out in love with him.

    He plays Mr. Wilson, an agent rounding up Nazi war criminals on the run. His biggest target is Franz Kindler, whom he suspects of hiding out in a small US town. His attention turns to Charles Rankin (Orson Welles), a professor…

  • Vampyr

    Vampyr

    ★★★★½

    My Personal Criterion Task: Film 22/100
    Criterion Spine: #437

    It shouldn't surprise anyone that the fluffy plot left me feeling utterly baffled by the end. I reckon it also won't surprise anyone that with a film this gorgeous, I hardly find myself minding.

    Allan Gray is a student of the supernatural and he follows the crumb trail to a small village. He mostly just walks around, a stoic expression on his face. But upon encountering a large manor, he discovers…

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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…