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  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely delightful. I could see this making my top 10 list of 2018, and it will make my list of best film moments/endings.

    Funny and sweet, but with some great bits that would've gone over the heads of my young nephews if I'd taken them. A very fine cast, including Brendan Gleeson as a guy named Knuckles. Then there's Hugh Grant, I now get the BAFTA nomination. He's hysterical as the vain (really vain), has-been actor and villain, playing the has-been part so over the top and clearly poking fun at himself.

  • Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs

    ★★★★½

    4 stars for now, but it may creep up.

    Very entertaining, with some standout dialogue and editing. I was very skeptical about another Jobs film, and I'm not a big Sorkin fan. But writing and staging it the way Sorkin and Boyle did takes it out of the standard, great man, birth-to-death biopic mold into something far more interesting and even exciting. Or maybe it's a biopic of the mythology of Steve Jobs. I think one of them (Boyle?) said…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    This might fall to a 4.5, or not. But the rest of the big summer films can pack up and go home. This was it.

    A stunning action film with mind blowing stunts and effects. A story I was completely invested in, and one with consequences. Characters I cared about (and teared up over). Unabashedly feminist. Tom Hardy was fine as Max, but the film absolutely belongs to Charlize Theron.

  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Edge of Tomorrow

    ★★★★

    Edge of Tomorrow is an entertaining scifi/action film with a lot of humor. Think The Longest Day + Groundhog Day + Independence Day/other alien invasion films. Kudos to Liman and the screenwriters (and editor) for crafting an entertaining story while also trusting the audience enough to follow along. Even the "alien explanation" information dump wasn't overly clunky. However, the film has some third act issues, including an abrupt ending that could've been more satisfying.

    Cruise did a fine job with…