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  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★★½

    I'm honestly still disappointed that this wonderful piece of art was overlooked during awards season. Certainly one of the most original films of 2018 - and of the decade, for that matter.

    A Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination would have been justifiable, as well as a Best Supporting Actor nod for Jeff Bridges' spectacular effort. And wow, talk about a break-out performance from the marvelous Cynthia Ervio, who has quite the future ahead of her!

    The production design (Martin Whist),…

  • Terminator: Dark Fate

    Terminator: Dark Fate

    ★★★

    Ok, I hate to say it, but I found this one to be incredibly mediocre. Some of the action sequences were absolutely crackin’, as the kids say, but the script was messy, predictable, and unevenly paced. But hey, if you enjoyed it, more power to you.

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  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★★

    #LionKing 
    Here’s my lukewarm reaction:

    The technical magnificence of this film is unparalleled. The VFX, cinematography, sound design, and score from Hans Zimmer are all OUT OF THIS WORLD.

    But everything else is nearly indistinguishable from the original.

    There is very little of anything new or fresh added to the story, characters, or even the music numbers. It is almost a complete rehash. The pacing is also very unsteady and disjointed, which is hard to look past.

    100% worth seeing for the theatrical spectacle alone, but other than that, I’d much prefer to watch #Aladdin again than see this one a second time.

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    ★★★★

    The ultimate "hell yeah" movie. One of the most adrenaline-filled, unrelenting action films I have ever experienced, full of all the absurdity, ridiculousness, outrageousness, and insanity we have come to enjoy over the course of the first 2 chapters.
    The, er, "creative" brutality of our anti-hero assassin is on full display, even more extraordinarily so than what we had seen before.
    Keanu Reeves blends into his role as John Wick seamlessly, and the addition of Halle Berry as the fierce…