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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 2023
I went in with low expectations given the disappointment that was the 2nd Guardians movie and a lot of my favorite film critics describing it as schmaltzy, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much Guardians 3 exceeded my expectations
How to Blow Up a Pipeline 2022
Well directed and works great as a heist/thriller genre piece, but its characters are underwritten and one dimensional
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 2021
3.75 stars; a great blend of wuxia and western action movie conventions, ultimately let down by having to be shoehorned into the Marvel movie formula (an overlong 3rd act, an over-reliance on CGI – albeit less so than in other MCU films, etc.)
Overall I really enjoyed it, but I expect the series to go downhill as its ending sets up the sequels to have to shoehorn in even more deus ex machina-laden superhero conventions for the purposes of MCU cross-promotion.