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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★★

    “I’m Mary Poppins, y’all!”

  • The Fate of the Furious

    The Fate of the Furious

    ★★★½

    I hope everyone can find someone to look at them the same way Raldo the Cuban street racer looks at Dom.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    ★★★

    I slept through a fair bit of this rewatch, but not so much that I feel guilty logging it again ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★½

    All the things I liked from my first viewing (glorious locales & action) and things I didn't (uncanny valley CGI buzzkill) still stand, but Rogue One is one of those movies where the unrefined story and underdeveloped characters really start to show in subsequent viewings.

    I know trailers are usually done by different teams and departments, but the story I invented when seeing Felicity Jones in a TIE fighter flight suit with Forest Whitaker overdubbed, saying…

    What will you do when…

  • The Lego Batman Movie

    The Lego Batman Movie

    ★★★

    Heaps of one-liners and Warner Bros. crossover cameos—what was a solid formula for The LEGO Movie still works but leaves me unenthused about the prospect of future installments.

  • Out of the Past

    Out of the Past

    ★★★★½

    Before we had the Rock flexing his cast off and saying, “Daddy’s gotta go to work,” we had Robert Mitchum replying to a face slap with, “That evens us. Now fold your hands, or I'll fold 'em for you.”

  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★½

    The first thirty minutes of John Wick amount to one of my favorite action character introductions of all time—a dizzying trip from sad, lonely John to the justified, vengeful Baba Yaga. When the sledge comes out you know it's go time.

    See this before watching chapter 2. You only get to meet Mr. Wick once.

  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★★★★

    “All those years—living the life of someome—I didn't even know”

  • Lost River

    Lost River

    ★★★★

    Keep a-movin', Dan
    don't you listen to him, Dan
    he's a devil not a man
    and he spreads the burning sand with water

    Immersive and unsettling as the Nicolas Winding Refn collaborations, but you also get Ben Mendelsohn singing Cool Water. Nitpick all you want, but I’ll be lining up for Gosling’s next directorial project.

  • Ronin

    Ronin

    ★★★½

    A silver case as the MacGuffin
    Robert De Niro as Ronin De Niro
    in a movie with some of my favorite car chases

    1990s S8s and 535s drifting through France with few explosions or supurfulous effects to get in the way

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    Rogue One handily delivered on just about every scene my 10-year-old mind could have imagined playing with Star Wars action figures in the mud and rocks of my backyard. Seeing gritty, ground-level shots of AT-AT Walkers, X-Wing boosters glowing red in the rain, and TIE Fighters flying near huge Star Destroyers flying near huger Death Star lasers lowering into huge AF Death Stars left me utterly contented.

    But…

    WTF is up with the uncanny valley throwback characters? Has Polar Express

  • Moana

    Moana

    ★★★★

    Probably my favorite recent Disney release. Damn—Q3 2016 really needed a feel-good animated musical.

    Bonus star for doof warrior coconuts