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  • The Matrix Reloaded

    The Matrix Reloaded


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

    The Wachowskis have a few strengths. One of those is their ideas. Even when their execution is off, their ideas can sometimes be interesting. One success of The Matrix concept is how flexible and open-ended it is, to the degree that various philosophies ranging from Christianity to existentialism can find their own truths reflected within it.

    Another is spectacle; they think big and don't have any qualms swinging for the fences, especially when it comes to action set pieces. This…

  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie

    The LEGO Ninjago Movie


    Each additional outing of the LEGO flicks has been a step down. LEGO Ninjago kind of descends to average level. Not that there's not some actual laughs, but it's a 50/50 proposition and the film really doesn't transcend formula like the first film did to give it an extra boost. it's not really clear why this film was made except simply to generate revenue as part of a franchise.

    Justin Thoreaux is okay as the big bad, and Dave Franco…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens


    Whether the reverberations of Lucas' first trilogy here are viewed as a homage and bridge between the old and new or as a lack of imagination will depend on one's personal tastes and the long-term intentions of the creative staff.

    There is a LOT of "The Force Awakens" that echoed things we've seen before. Some of the settings seem awfully familiar even if given other names, and from a high-concept level there's not much of a plot (First Order AKA…

  • Army of Darkness

    Army of Darkness


    ... and yet another jump in Raimi's comedy-horror. Army of Darkness actually has a script and a plot, even if it's rather uncomplicated -- get the book, stop the army, get sent back to one's own time. Maybe the best way to summarize it is to say Army of Darkness actually has a story versus a handful of funny incidents, and all the actions and humor is in service to the story. Raimi also improves on his ability to pace…