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  • The Villainess

    The Villainess


    The storytelling is a bit convoluted (not gonna lie--I had to use Wikipedia to understand the plot mechanics), but I also can't remember the last action film I saw with so many sequences that left me thinking, "How on earth did they FILM that?" The stuntwork and cinematography are jaw-dropping. Sequel, please!

  • Seven Psychopaths

    Seven Psychopaths


    It's a bit too long and self-indulgent at times (acknowledging misogyny doesn't excuse it), but I'm trying to remember the last movie with a cast this renowned that dared to grapple with its own narratives of violence in such a nuanced way. It's a film that deconstructs our most well-traveled formulas, indulging its audiences desire for (and expectation of) bloodshed while simultaneously asking whether it's possible to carve a more peaceful path forward as a species. The truth is, the…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens


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

    Some initial thoughts. Be warned: spoilers abound.

    I went into this movie blind. I'm not quite sure how, but I managed to avoid all trailers and information about it, aside from the actors' names.

    And you know what? It was worth it. The first act of this movie is pretty fantastic. It's got just enough of the original trilogy in its DNA (desert planet, dark Jedi villain, cute little droid) to feel like Star Wars while still feeling fresh at…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron


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

    The best lines in the movie are "Shit!" and "None of this makes sense!" I wonder if Joss Whedon inserted those late into production when he realized what he had made.

    Age of Ultron is a fitting climax to Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it's like all the other movies that have been released since the first Avengers film (with the exception of Captain America: Winter Soldier): it's loud, incoherent, all the interesting subtext is underdeveloped, and…